Bidston Observatory

Bidston Observatory is a grade-II listed building, built in 1866 using local sandstone excavated from the site. It sits on the ridge of Bidston Hill watching over the Windmill, Park Wood and Bidston Village, visible from both Wales and Liverpool.

The Observatory was built in 1866 when Liverpool Observatory had to relocate due to the expansion of Waterloo Docks and was made using the stone mined during the creation of the cellars, the deepest of which (36 feet or 10.97 meters) maintains a constant cool temperature. Over the last 140 years the Observatory has undertaken a diversity of tasks, many of ground-breaking importance and is now Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre; a not-for-profit study site that focuses on providing individual users and groups with a low cost, temporary place to dictate their own methods of work.

Driving:
On the M53, take the A554 exit, junction 1, towards Wallasey / Birkenhead. Continue on the A554 along Hoylake Road, turn right down Worcester Road and then right again up Wilding Way. The Observatory is at the top of the lane.

From Liverpool Central or Liverpool Lime Street:
Take the metro, in the direction of New Brighton or West Kirby. You can get off at Birkenhead North. This will take about 12 minutes. It is about a 20-minute walk to the Observatory, which includes the small hill of Wilding Way.

The metro starts around 06:30 and finishes around 23:30. If you are travelling outside of these times, you could take a taxi from Lime Street or William Brown Street. This will cost around £13-£18 and will include tunnel tolls.

Venue info:

  • Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Prenton, CH43 7RA

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