Explore the significance of Port Sunlight and William Lever’s legacy, and discover some of Wirral’s other unique attributes.
William Lever’s insight into living conditions in the slums of industrial Lancashire inspired him to create a new way of living for the workforce of his new factory, creating a model village that would become an inspiration for town planners at the time and through to today. Soap was often overlooked as an industry in comparison to textile mills or coal mining, but Lever’s drive for affordable cleanliness helped to create a healthier nation.
This package will enable your group to truly understand what makes Port Sunlight and William Lever’s legacy so special and significant, and to discover some of Wirral’s other unique attributes.
The day will begin with a hearty breakfast at Carr Farm Garden Centre, to fuel the group for the day, before travelling with an experienced guide to Port Sunlight Village for an insightful tour and visit to the award winning museum. The day will continue with an exploration of the nearby town of Birkenhead, taking in Birkenhead Park – the world’s first publicly funded civic park and an inspiration for New York’s Central Park. Next stop is Hamilton Square, a stunning Georgian square with the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK.
Your day will finish with a trip to Ness Gardens, overlooking the Dee estuary with fantastic views over North Wales. The 64 acre gardens were created by the Victorian vision of another extraordinary man, Arthur K Bulley, developed by the University of Liverpool, and today its herbaceous borders, Mediterranean banks and vegetable gardens are enjoyed and cherished by visitors the world over. The group will experience a guided tour through the gardens and gain first hand insight into this unique area.