Houses For Sale Birkenhead
Birkenhead is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, England. Historically in Cheshire, it is on the Wirral Peninsula, along the west bank of the River Mersey, opposite the city of Liverpool. The town was founded as a village by William Laird, who leased land from Sir John de Stanley in 1847 to build a shipyard. Birkenhead rapidly developed into a bustling port and industrial centre and acquired municipal borough status in 1881.
The population of Birkenhead peaked at around 212,000 in 1939. The town has experienced significant demographic change since then, with the loss of traditional manufacturing jobs and large-scale immigration from South Asia and Eastern Europe. The population was estimated to be 138,200 in the 2011 Census. The Birkenhead Urban Area recorded a population of about 178,000 in 2008.
Property types in Birkenhead
Birkenhead is typically made up of semi and terraced housing. There are some modern apartment buildings but in general, flats in Birkenhead tend to be older, dating back to around 1920s.
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Birkenhead is bordered to the west by the River Mersey and to the east by Liverpool. The Birket, a narrow channel that once served as part of the entrance to Liverpool docks, south of Woodside, separates Birkenhead from the Wirral Peninsula.
The town is within the metropolitan county of Merseyside, governed by the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.
Birkenhead has two secondary schools and two primary schools, including Bebington High Sports College. Birkenhead also has a significant number of independent schools, most notably Birkenhead School, Bilton Grange Preparatory School and St. Edward’s College.
Other nearby schools:
Trinity Catholic High School
Calday Grange Grammar School
Woodchurch High School
The Wirral Grammar School for Girls
Liscard Primary School
Poulton-le-Fylde High School
New Ferry Primary School
St Anselm’s Catholic High School
Birkenhead Sixth Form College
Wirral Metropolitan College
Shopping in Birkenhead
There are several shopping areas in Birkenhead. The main shopping area is Hamilton Square, which includes a mix of high street stores and independent shops. Other shopping areas in the town include Grange Road, Conway Street and Oxton Road.
Places to Visit in Birkenhead
Birkenhead is home to several parks including Birkenhead Park (the first civic park in the world), Arrowe Park and Victoria Park. Birkenhead Park is more than 100 acres of green space, with formal gardens, a large pond, boating lake and play area.
Central Park in New York is famously modelled on the layout of Birkenhead Park.
Birkenhead also has a number of theatres and concert halls, including the Williamson Playhouse, the Birkenhead Park Theatre and The Ferry theatre.
Transport in Birkenhead
Birkenhead is connected to Liverpool by two cross-river ferry services. The Mersey Ferry operates from the Pier Head to Seacombe, close to the town of Wallasey.
The Birkenhead Dock Branch rail line runs along the shoreline between Birkenhead North TMD and Bidston station on the Wirral Line of the Merseyrail network. A second service, the City Line runs from Birkenhead North TMD to New Brighton. This line is not currently electrified and is currently under review by Merseyrail.
Birkenhead can be accessed via the A41 road which passes through the town centre itself before crossing the Queensway Tunnel into Liverpool city centre.
Tourism in Birkenhead
Birkenhead is located in close proximity to other tourist destinations including Liverpool, Chester and Southport. Areas of interest for visitors include Birkenhead Park, the Mersey Ferry service and the National Trust property at Bidston Hill.