Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village

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

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About Us

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.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£3.75 per ticket
Concession£3.00 per ticket
(5 - 16 years)£2.00 per ticket
Group 10+£2.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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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Recent Reviews:

  • Terry O
    Southport, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Walking Tour of Village
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Highly recommend the Walking Tour of Port Sunlight Village spent a full afternoon with excellent guide who explained the history of village many thanks to Guide Jean from Southport U3A Local History... Read full review
  • Ann H
    Kidderminster, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A little known gem!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th July 2018
    This small museum is set in a picturesque village which was created to house the workers of the Sunlight soap factory in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Museum itself is small, but has very... Read full review
  • chillBerko
    Berkhamsted
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Art, Architecture & social & economic history - a great day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 13th July 2018
    I have wanted to visit Port Sunlight. The name has always caught my imagination and I'm interested in the philanthropic and reform ideals of some Victorian entrepeneurs, liberals and non conformists... 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

Opening Times

All year, 2018 (1 Feb 2018 - 24 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Closed 25,26 Dec and 1 Jan.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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