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  • Set in Beautiful Parkland  
    Castle Park Arts Centre 

    Visit the historic town of Frodsham and enjoy three galleries, craft units, coffee shop ....

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  • Poulton: An Archaeological Landscape 
    Grosvenor Museum 
    8th Jul 2017 - 5th Nov 2017 

    Poulton is a small farming hamlet just outside Chester ....

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  • 200,000 reasons to make a visit 
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery 

    Natural sciences, antiquities, social history, decorative arts and an extensive local photographic archive ....

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  • Mad Hatters Tea Party 
    Davenports Farm Shop & Tea Rooms 
    27th Aug 2017 

    Why not Book a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea and have a wacky experience at Davenports Tea Room ....

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  • Bug Hunts 
    Marbury Country Park 
    22nd Aug 2017 

    Help the rangers explore the beasties that lurk in Marbury Country Park ....

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  • Pantomime: Wizard of Oz 
    Grange Theatre 
    10th Dec 2017 - 31st Dec 2017 

    KD Theatre Productions in association with The Grange Theatre present Wizard of Oz - Pantomime ....

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Birkenhead

Virgin Voyager heads North

A Perfect Place to Visit

The first ferry to Liverpool was operated by the monks of Birkenhead Priory which was established in around 1150 and is the oldest standing building on Merseyside. First restored over a century ago the site continues to develop with museums displays. Climb St Mary's Tower, now 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.

Birkenhead had some remarkable ‘firsts’. It had the first public park (designed by the same architect as central Park in New York), the first English flats, the first public library and, in 1860, the first tramcars (you can still ride on a restored part of the Birkenhead tramway).

Birkenhead has two tunnels under the River Mersey to Liverpool. The rail tunnel opened in 1886 and was, at that time, the longest underwater railway tunnel in the world. Queensway was the first road tunnel under the river and was completed in1934. For some years in was the longest underwater road tunnel in the world.

The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum was opened in 1928 and houses most of Birkenhead's collection of artistic masterpieces. Permanent displays include Victorian oil paintings, English watercolours, Liverpool porcelain and a range of collections from local history and ship models to fine decorative arts. There is also an all year round programme of temporary exhibitions.

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