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Enjoy these Heritage Open Days for free outside Liverpool City Centre

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Enjoy these Heritage Open Days for free outside Liverpool City Centre

Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free.  

From 9th – 18th September there are numerous days out you can enjoy in the wider city region, from walking tours of Southport to a peak into the past in Wirral. 

Here are seven Heritage Days venues to enjoy. 

For more about Heritage Open Days and the local events to enjoy go to the website here. 

A Classical Tour of Southport 

Outside The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport 

Join Molly Osborne to explore the impact of ancient western civilisations on Southport’s streetscape. You will explore the town’s Greek, Roman and Egyptian architecture and the legacy it has left behind. You will also learn which Roman emperor is on the clock tower of The Atkinson. 

Monday 12 September, 10am 

Pre-booking required 

Go to this page to book. 

Lord Street Walking Tour 

Atkinson Art Gallery and Library in Southport city, England

The Atkinson, Cambridge Hall, Lord Street, Southport 

A heritage walk along Lord Street and learn about the remaining historic clues to its past, going as far back at 1830 when the famous thoroughfare was a track between the sand dunes. The tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes to one hour. 

Saturday 10 September, 2pm
Thursday 15 September, 2pm 

No pre-booking booking required. Contact for the day is Jemma Tynan 0151 934 2033 www.theatkinson.co.uk/ 

Oxton Guided History Walk – East 

Picture of Newburns Lane in Oxton

Rose Mount/Village Road, Oxton  

Meet by the post box at the junction of Rose Mount and Village Road for this hour long walk that will explore the history of the village from its agricultural beginnings to modern day. The walk will include stories about the events and people that helped shape Oxton and includes Fairview Road, South Bank and Arno Road. You can grab some lunch or a coffee in the village once you have finished the walk. 

Saturday 10 September, 11am  

Pre-booking required
Call 0773 455 8411 Or email oxtonbooks@yahoo.co.uk  

Port Sunlight – The Worker’s Cottage 

Picture Shutterstock/ Steve Bridge

Workers Cottage, 22 King Georges Drive, Port Sunlight 

Port Sunlight was founded by William Hesketh Lever in 1888 to house his factory workers. Today it is home to a museum and world class art gallery. On 13th September you can visit a worker’s cottage and learn about the history of this special village and what life was like here more than a century ago. 

Tuesday 13 September, 10am – 5pm. 

No pre-booking required. 

Enjoy free entry to all three of Port Sunlight Museum venues on Tuesday 13th September. Contact Visitor Services on 0151 644 6466 or email info@portsunlightvillage.com with any queries.   

Birkenhead Park Heritage Walks 

Picture – Shutterstock/ Many Jones

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, Birkenhead Park Pavilion 

2022 marks Birkenhead Park’s 175th Anniversary as the oldest publicly funded municipal park in the World. When it officially opened in 1847, it was freely accessible for everyone, not just the wealthy. It became a pioneer in the development of public parks across the world. Join the ranger team for the annual Heritage Open Day walks and see the historic sites of our Grade I listed park. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments in the café. 

Saturday 10 September, 2pm – 3.30pm 

Sunday 11 September, 2pm – 3.30pm
Saturday 17 September, 2pm – 3.30pm
Sunday 18 September, 2pm – 3.30pm 

Pre-booking required
Booking Contact: Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre 0151 652 5197 

Celebrating Industry at the Smithy 

Picture -Smithy Heritage Centre

Smithy Heritage Centre, Kiln Lane, Eccleston, St Helens 

A weekend of local history for all the family. As well as the exhibition, The Making of St Helens, there will be a special chance to see the original banners carried by the workers from local collieries. Visitors can also see photographs from walking days of the past and lots more. Refreshments will be available in a pop-up tearoom and there will be local craftspeople with stalls for gifts.
The Great Eccleston Bake-off also returns on Sunday 18th September. 

For details about the heritage events and how to enter the bake off, see the website 

Saturday 17 September, 12 noon – 5pm
Sunday 18 September, 12 noon – 5pm, The Great Eccleston Bake off 

No booking required but you must download an entry form for the bake off. 

Prescot Parish Church 

Parish Church, Church Street, Prescot  

Discover this listed 17th Century parish church, with fine oak beamed ceiling and Norman font. Find the church opposite the new Shakespeare North theatre. Prescot itself, which had its own Court Leet, is older than the city of Liverpool. The church itself had a large monastic order in the 6th century and is surrounded by a circular graveyard, which was an indication of a Celtic burial ground. Prescot’s original name was Prescote meaning ‘Home of Priests’. 

Saturday 10 September, 1pm – 4pm
Sunday 11 September, 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 17 September, 1pm – 4pm
Sunday 18 September, 1pm – 4pm 


No pre-booking required 


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