Fancy a trip to Central Park without the jet lag? Birkenhead Park was the world’s first publicly funded park, opened in 1847 by Joseph Paxton with the aim of creating a ‘park for the people.’ It’s thought that his design of the park was a model for the world famous Central Park in New York.
This idyllic park boasts a fine countryside landscape of open meadows, natural woodland belts and lakes shaped as rivers. Children will love exploring every nook and cranny that the park has to offer, including climbing up the boulders, looking for hidden painted rocks, and of course, keeping on the look out for squirrels.
Walk over the Swiss Bridge and explore the Roman Boathouse. All family members will enjoy taking in the picturesque views by the lake, with the ducks and geese in the background.
For children to burn off even more energy, there is a large play area with play facilities for toddlers right up to pre-teens, with a selection of play boulders, swings, and slides. There are plenty of seats for the parents and carers to enjoy an ice cream from the ice cream van whilst the kids play to their hearts content. There are also large open spaces for family games such as a quick game of football or rounders….. the perfect way to finish off a family picnic!
Within the park, visitors will find a glass pavilion, a dedicated visitor facility with café and exhibition gallery.
So if looking for an ideal, free, family day out with the kids in Birkenhead, Birkenhead park is the perfect choice for the whole family.
*Visitor Centre with café.
*Public toilets and baby changing in visitor centre.
*Permit required for angling in the lakes.
*The park is divided in two with one half being primarily large open space, and the other containing the play area, bridge, boathouse and large lake.
*Day out, Birkenhead Park, Merseyside