Birkenhead Priory and St Mary's Tower

St Mary's Tower in Birkenhead
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This Benedictine Monastery established 1150 is the oldest building on Merseyside. Much of the original building still remains and other parts have been sympathetically restored to their former stature.

First restored over a century ago, the site continues to develop with museums displays, education/meeting/concert space and chapel dedicated to HMS Conway (open by appointment). Climb the tower of Birkenhead’s first parish church, now also a memorial to those who lost their lives aboard the submarine Thetis, and experience the magnificent views up, down and across the Mersey to Liverpool, Oxton Ridge, Bidston and the Wirral Coast.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site, Sacred space, Historic house or home, Architecture centre, Agricultural site, Prehistoric site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Wednesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm

Wednesday – Friday 12noon-4pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm
Also open Bank Holidays

Other times by appointment only.
Check for Christmas/New Year openings: 0151 652 4177

Admission charges

Admission Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Birkenhead Priory and St Mary's Tower
Priory Street
Birkenhead, Wirral
CH41 5JH



0151 652 4177

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