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Wirral Maritime Heritage Trail

Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 6AU, UK

With its large shipbuilding tradition, the Wirral Peninsula in northwestern England played an important role in the American Civil War when the Confederate navy contracted for two of its most successful commerce raiders, CSS Alabama and CSS Shenandoah, from the Laird Brothers' shipyard at Birkenhead. The Wirral Museum, formerly the Birkenhead Town Hall, marks the beginning of the Wirral Maritime Heritage Trail. The museum features a major American Civil War exhibition complete with an original model of the Alabama, which raided Union naval and merchant ships before being sunk in combat off the coast of Cherbourg, France, in 1864. Other highlights along the Heritage Trail include the Argyle Rooms, an important meeting place for England's antislavery campaign, the townhouse and statue of John Laird, whose company built the Alabama, and No. 4 Dock, where the keel of the Alabama was fitted out.


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To reach the Wirral Museum from M53, follow ALL DOCKS signs and go straight ahead at the first roundabout. Continue along Dock Road (A5139) to the second roundabout and take the second exit across the bridges. After the bridges turn left at the roundabout, and at the second set of traffic lights, turn right. Follow the road to the end and arrive at Hamilton Square. From Liverpool, go through Wallasey Tunnel and, on exiting, take the first slip road on left and continue as above.

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Free Individual site admission, fees may vary.


Tuesday - Sunday 10 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Some sites on the Heritage Trail May be industrial or business premises and may not be open to the public.



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