Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village

23 King George's Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DX

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Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village
  • Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village
  • Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village host a range of events throughout the year
  • Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village, a unique heritage attraction
  • Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village, founded in 1888

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Port Sunlight Museum celebrates the unique heritage of the beautiful and historic industrial village of Port Sunlight - people, formal planning, architecture, and parks & gardens - from its foundation in 1888 for William Hesketh Lever's soap workers, to life in the village today.

Port Sunlight is an important tourist destination in the North West with 900 Grade II Listed buildings and declared a conservation area in 1978 and one of Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction. It is the finest surviving example of early urban planning the UK.

The late 19th century village was built by William Hesketh Lever to house his soap factory workers at Lever Brothers, which eventually turned into the global giant Unilever. Lever was a philanthropist with a passion for art and architecture and Port Sunlight is an enduring testament to the achievements of this remarkable man. The sheer scale of his philanthropy was unprecedented and the whole of Port Sunlight is now a conservation area and a major visitor attraction.

The village is set in 130 acres of what can only be described as beautifully-maintained parkland with a mature treescape. Lever employed over 30 different architects in the building of the village and the result is an intoxicating mix of architectural styles enhanced by the parkland setting, giving tranquil scenes of great beauty.

Add to this some excellent public sculpture, one of the finest and largest war memorials in the UK and you have a truly amazing visit to look forward to.

There is ample parking provisions within the village. It is a place to explore and although everywhere is easily accessible by car, a walk through the village cannot be matched. There would be plenty to do and see along the way. The village facilities include Port Sunlight Museum on King George's Drive, the Lady Lever Art Gallery, a boutique hotel with fine dining available to non residents, high quality self catering holiday cottages, a garden centre, a village pub and plenty of tearooms. You can even book a guided walking tour of the village, in season, through Port Sunlight Museum. At key times of the year there are family activities, festivals and other special events.

To enjoy the best of Port Sunlight, we suggest you start your visit by calling at Port Sunlight Museum where you can pick up a self-guided village trail or an audio Multi-Media tour and discover some of the fascinating history of this special part of the our national heritage and obtain more information on the other facilities that this village can offer.

'tea' at Port Sunlight offers a wide selection of freshly made sandwiches, quiches, soups and baked potatoes, with a choice of fillings, the tea room also has a wide selection of tasty treats such as tea cakes, muffins and delicious award-winning cakes and scones.

Dogs are allowed outside in Port Sunlight and we have plenty of green spaces for them to explore. In order to keep Port Sunlight clean and tidy, we ask that owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. 

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Guide Prices

Adults: £4.50
Concessions: £4.00
Children (aged 5-16): £3.25
Family ticket (2+2) £13.00
Group of 15+: £3.50 per person

Opening Times

All year, 2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 24 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Port Sunlight Museum is open daily, 10.00am - 5.00pm, except for 25th and 26th December and 1st January, when it will be closed. Please be advised that the museum normally closes from 12 noon on 24 December.

Directions

Road Directions

Leave M53, jct 4 and follow B5136 to Bebington. Follow the white on brown signs for 'Port Sunlight Village', on entering the village follow signs for museum. You can easily park at the front of the Lady Lever Art Gallery and walk across to Port Sunlight Museum, next to the 'Sea-Piece' fountain.

Public Transport Directions

Served by two stations, Bebington and Port Sunlight. Both are on the Wirral lines from Chester and Liverpool. Trains run approximately every 20 minutes. Bebington station is only a short walk away from Port Sunlight Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Take bus 464, alight at Bebington Road; or bus 38 to Bebington station bus stop.

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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      528
    • Very Good
      216
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      40
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    Recent Reviews:

    • 20patash
      Luton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Definitely worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 10th August 2023
      A fantastic place to visit. Although we didn't do the guided tour, we bought a map and did it ourselves. We were really impressed the styles of the houses, the church, the hotel and the amount of... Read full review
    • GemZ77
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Really Interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th September 2023
      Booked online and purchased a combination ticket which gave access to the museum, cottage, soapworks and a walking tour. The museum is only small but very interesting, especially the 20 minute... Read full review
    • Chris W
      A much anticipated trip sadly not to be.
      1 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 17th September 2023
      As part of a two week UK holiday with my Sister and Brother In Law we planned a weekend trip to both Liverpool and The Port Sunlight Museum. The Liverpool part went perfectly. Today was meant to be... Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
    • Facility for service dogs
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp / Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Delta accepted
    • Groups Accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Facilities

    • Civil Weddings
    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • In countryside
    • Marketing Cheshire Member
    • Village Location

    Target Markets

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families
    • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Demonstrations Given
    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available

    Contact Us

    Tel: 0151 644 6466

    Tel: 0151 644 6466

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