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Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, Birkenhead Park is acknowledged to be the first publicly funded park in Britain. The concept was to create an idealised countryside landscape of open meadows, naturalistic woodland belts and beautiful lakes, which are shaped to appear as sinuous rivers with views across to features such as the Boathouse and Swiss Bridge.It is thought that his design was the model for many parks around the world, including Central Park, New York.
Following a £11.25 million restoration scheme, the park was officially re-opened in June by, Birkenhead-born actress, Patricia Routledge CBE. A VIP ribbon-cutting performed at the park’s famous listed gatehouse officially marked the end of the major renovation scheme which has seen the park’s famous Swiss Bridge, Boat House and Grand Entrance restored, along with new bridges, paths, and railings. Much of the original planting has also been restored, reinstating the park’s status as a national treasure.
One of the most exciting aspects of the scheme is a new £1million glass pavilion – a brand new visitor facility with café and exhibition gallery.
There is so much to see and do in Birkenhead Park, including a large adventure playground for children, 2 cricket clubs, tennis courts, bowling greens, football pitches and fishing. (Please note permits are still required to fish in the park.) With all this and more – a visit to Birkenhead Park is truly a day out in itself!
Open All Year!!