Shore Road Pumping Station - The Birkenhead Packet

Shore Road Pumping Station - The Birkenhead Packet
Birkenhead, Wirral
CH41 6DN



0151 650 1182

Appointment booking line

0151 666 4000

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This 4-storey building houses a working example of the 'Giant Grasshopper' engine, a steam pump used to clear water from the Mersey Rail Tunnels. A video presentation tells the story of the construction of the Mersey Tunnel, the Pump and the Building itself, and ends with a view of the "Giant" in action. A period 1901 Birkenhead street scene completes the visit.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Summer: Sat & Sun 13.00–17.00
Winter: Sat & Sun 12.00-16.00 (November – March)

School Holidays: (Easter, Spring Half Term & Summer)
Wed–Sun 13.00–17.00, Bank Holidays

Check website for Christmas/New Year opening

Closed: Mon-Fri except by appointment. To book a visit call 0151 666 4000.

School Holidays: (Easter, Spring Half Term & Summer)
Mon & Tues (except Bank Holidays)

Admission charges


Collection details

Industry, Land Transport, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • 'Giant Grasshopper' engine
  • Mersey Rail Tunnels
  • Mersey Tunnel
  • 1901 Birkenhead street scene