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Birkenhead Park

Park Drive, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 4HY

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About this venue

On Easter Monday 1847, the gates were opened to the very first publicly funded park in the world. Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton - Birkenhead Park was created to be the People's Garden - a place where the lowliest peasant to the British Monarch could stand together to enjoy a piece of the countryside in the middle of the city. In 1850, Fredrick Law Olmstead visited the park and with its inspiration, then went on to design and create what is arguably the most famous public park in the world - Central Park New York. In 2004 Birkenhead Park underwent an £11.8million restoration return it to its former glory. Today, Birkenhead Park is a Grade I listed landscape and carries the prestigious Green Heritage Award. It caters for all visitors with a number of sports such as Football, Cricket, Bowls, Angling and cycling, as well a visitors centre and access to some of the original structures around the park.

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Introduction

Birkenhead Park

  • Birkenhead Park was the world's first publicly funded park.
  • It was designed in 1847 by Joseph Paxton with the aim of creating a 'park for the people'.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Birkenhead Park.
  • Comments View
    • Bus stops are located on Park Road North, Park Road South and Park Road West.
    • The photograph shows the bus stops near the Park Road South entrance.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 210cm x 610cm (6ft 11in x 20ft).
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Park Drive.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Vehicle access and parking is available in the park (on Park Drive) from dawn until dusk.
    • There are some restrictions during major events.

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Park Road North)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the junction of Park Road North and Park Road East.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • Two pedestrian entrances are either side of the driveway.
    • There is level access, but the path leading up to the entrance is cobbled and may not suitable for wheelchair users without assistance.

Outside Access (Park Road East Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located near the junction of Park Road East and Park Road South.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 230cm (7ft 7in).

Outside Access (Ashville Road Entrance - Lower Park)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Ashville Road.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).

Outside Access (Ashville Road Entrance - Upper Park)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Ashville Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).

Level Change (Ashville Road Entrance - Upper Park)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Park Road North Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Park Road North.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 143cm (4ft 8in).

Outside Access (Park Road South Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Park Road South.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 114cm (3ft 9in).

Park Entrances

  • The park is accessible from a number of different directions, with over 10 pedestrian access gates and 4 regular vehicle access gates (2 each for the upper
  • and lower parks).
  • Additional vehicle access gates are opened on specific events to allow for a greater level of access.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have tarmac surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Activities

  • Activities within the park include a children's playground, football pitches, bowling greens, fitness trail and two lakes for fishing.

Accessible Toilet

  • The nearest accessible toilet is located within the Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilet is located within the Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre.