Speke Hall

Speke Hall, originally built in 1530, has a atmospheric interior that spans many periods. The Great Hall and priest hole date from Tudor times, while the Oak Parlour and smaller rooms, some with William Morris wallpapers, illustrates the Victorian desire for privacy and comfort.

There is also fine Jacobean plasterwork and intricately carved furniture. A fully equipped Victorian kitchen and servants’ hall enable visitors to see ‘behind the scenes’. The restored garden has spring bulbs, a rose garden, summer border and stream garden, and there are woodland walks and magnificent views of the Mersey basin and North Wales hills from The Bund, a high bank.

Home Farm, a 5-minute walk from Speke Hall, is a model Victorian farm building, restored and part-adapted to provide a restaurant, shop and visitor facilities, and offers estate walks, children’s play area

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New Brighton Beach, in the north-west corner of the Wirral peninsula offers an attractive 3/4-mile stretch of golden sand. In the summer months it is a popular destination for day-trippers.

From the beach there are striking views over the Liverpool city skyline. The beach is a good place to watch ships sailing out from the mouth of the Mersey estuary into the Irish Sea.

Beyond the marine lake is the 19th century Grade II listed Perch Rock Fort, once part of the sea-defences system. This is now home to the Aviation and Archaeology Museum which has many interesting exhibits including a section on “Luftwaffe over Merseyside”. Beyond the fort is the picturesque Perch Rock lighthouse.

Children visiting the beach will enjoy playing around the Black Pearl, a community-built driftwood boat.

The seaside resort of New Brighton has been popular since the mid-19th century. It now features a £60 million leisure development – Marine Point, with shops, restaurants, theatre and cinema.

Liverpool

Exploring Liverpool

Liverpool’s waterfront by the Pier Heard, guarded by the mythical Liver Birds ( a pair of cormorants with seaweed in their beaks) on the Royal Liver Building, is one of the most easily recognized in Britain. Nearby are the ferry terminal across the River Mersey and the revitalized docklands.

The Beatles Story 

In a walk – through exhibition, this museum relates the history of the Beatles’ meteoric rise to fame, from their first record, Love Me Do, through Beatles mania to their last live appearance together in 1969, and their eventual Break – up. The hits that mesmerized a generation are played throughout the Museum.

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