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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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  • 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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  • Marbury Hall History Walk 
    Marbury Country Park 
    15th Apr 2017 

    Take a short walk around the area of Marbury Country Park where the great Marbury Hall once stood ....

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  • The King and I (Musical) 
    Grange Theatre 
    12th Apr 2017 - 15th Apr 2017 

    Mid Cheshire Musical Theatre Company present The King and I (Musical) ....

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  • Northwich Artisan Market 
    8th Apr 2017 

    Over 80 of the very finest food, drink, art & craft stall holders....

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  • Warblers and Waders 
    23rd Apr 2017 

    Renowned ecologist Jeff Clarke is at it again ....

     

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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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