Medieval Chester, the beautiful Village of Port Sunlight & Birkenhead Priory.

From GBP £325.00
  • Duration: 1 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Product code: PNAN0N
Medieval Walled City of Chester, the beautiful Village of Port Sunlight & Birkenhead Priory.

This is a popular Brilliant Liverpool Tours fully guided day out starting with a guided visit to the beautiful village of Port Sunlight on the Wirral. We will travel through the 1934 Art Deco Birkenhead Tunnel and drive through perhaps the finest example of a Regency Square and Birkenhead Town Hall and pass Cammell Laird Shipyard whose claim to fame is to have built the Ark Royal as well as the CSS Alabama for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. This guided tour is a great idea for a group of friends wanting a cruise excursion.

Port Sunlight was built by William Hesketh Lever as an idyllic model village for his “Sunlight Soap” workers. At a time when the majority of workers had been living in terrible conditions without running water, heating or even a bathroom to move to such a village was the envy of many a family lucky enough to work at the soap factory. Lever used around 27 different architects to design clusters of houses using different European styles to reflect the countries he was trading with.

Your Tour Guide will show you open spaces, theatres, bowling greens, shops and there is even the church where Lord Lever and his wife are interred in a splendid crypt. This is a real hidden gem and your guests will love it.

There is also the option to enjoy a visit to the Port Sunlight Museum with a wonderful film and you can actually visit a period restored workers house - there is a small additional charge per person and you can book this at checkout.

You will have free time to explore the village and we recommend a visit to the Lady Lever Art Gallery which contains a collection of Wedgewood as well as important works pre-Raphaelite art and other artifacts from Roman excavations. There is also a fascinating collection of traditional English Furniture crafted by Thomas Chippendale and other famous designers.

There is a restaurant in the Lady Lever Art Gallery and there are other quaint tea shops as well as the café in the museum itself where you can buy refreshments.

You will then rejoin your MPV or motor coach and your tour guide for a short drive to the Medieval City of Chester where you will enjoy a guided coach tour through the walls and across narrow bridges alongside the River Dee and the racecourse.

You will then enjoy a guided walking tour starting and finishing at the Town Cross where the Town Crier entertains the visitors at noon. You’ll walk a section of the walls which are intact around Chester and you will be able to see the most photographed clock outside of London. Passing the Cathedral with its Romanesque arches and the Town Hall and the black and white timber clad buildings you will fall in love with the unique charm of Chester.

After the walking tour you will have free time to maybe visit the Cathedral or even take the Cathedral Tower Tour (where there is a small entrance charge) with the best views across Chester to North Wales.

All guests will be given a free map of Chester City Centret and a bottle of water.

Finally we make our way for a short visit to Birkenhead Priory the oldest standing building on Merseyside, Birkenhead Priory encapsulates so much of the town's history within a small, enclosed site. Founded in 1150, the monks of this Benedictine monastery looked after travellers for nearly 400 years and supervised the first regulated 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey'. Birkenhead Priory has received a Rics NorthWest Building Conservation Award. Touch the ancient sandstone walls, then look up at the towering cranes of the old Cammell Laird shipyard next door.


Breathtaking views of Liverpool waterfront await those fit enough to take the challenge to climb over 100 steps of the tower of St Mary's, the first parish church of the town. St Mary's shares the site which is now dedicated as a memorial to those lost in the 1939 disaster aboard the Laird's built submarine Thetis. The chapter house is consecrated as an Anglican church and there is a chapel dedicated to the training ship HMS Conway. A small museum tells the story of the site and the buildings as you see them today.

Suggested timings

Full Day tour (these can be amended to suit your group and to include dinner at an additional charge).

  • 09.30am - Start – Meet your Tour Guide at your hotel or at the Albert Docks – Liverpool L3 4AE
  • 10.00am – Guided tour and free time at Port Sunlight
  • 12.30pm - Chester Coach Tour
  • 13.00pm – Chester Walking Tour
  • 14.00pm – Free time in Chester to buy refreshments.
  • 16.00pm - Depart Chester (There is the option in the afternoon to visit Cheshire Oaks retail outlet)
  • 16.45pm - Birkenhead Priory and for those brave enough the climb up St Mary's Church Tower.
  • 17.30pm - Arrive Liverpool
Transport

We can guide this tour for you in your own vehicle or you can book transport at checkout.

What’s included?

Full day Tour Guiding of Port Sunlight, Medieval City of Chester & Birkenhead Priory.

Extras

  • Transport - if you require transport please select at Check out.
  • Lunch or cream tea at Booth Mansion - choose and book at Checkout
  • Entrance to Port Sunlight Museum - Port Sunlight Museum tells the tale of ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever, his great vision for the village, and the lives of the people who called Port Sunlight their home.