Birkenhead, Merseyside

Merseyside is a densely populated coastal county, lots of people, spirit, humour, lots to see - from land and air.

Birkenhead is somtimes referred to by Liverpudlians (also known as "Scousers") as "across the water". This is because Birkenhead is the large town directly opposite the city of Liverpool on the other side of the River Mersey. Birkenhead is the destination on the Wirral peninsular between the River Mersey (to the north) and the River Dee (to the south) to which ferries still "cross the Mersey" (a phrase now immortalised in music and literature).

Birkenhead is part of the urban area that extends across the Wirral peninsular and includes many residential districts (including such as Claughton, Bidston, Poulton, Seacombe, Liscard, Egremont, Rock Ferry, Tranmere, Prenton, Upton, Woodchurch - in the area around Birkenhead itself) and visitor attractions such as the NEW Palace Amusement area at New Brighton, Historic Warships near Poulton (Wallasey), Port Sunlight Hertitage Centre and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. There are also several Country Parks on the Wirral, including Arrowe Park, Wirral Park, Eastham Park and Ness Gardens.

Road access to Birkenhead is either by the M53 motorway north from Chester or via the "Mersey Tunnel" (Toll charged) from Liverpool. Birkenhead can also be reached by foot passengers via (river) ferry from Liverpool.

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