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Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Prenton, CH43 7RA

By Mersey Rail, from Liverpool Loop Line:

Take the metro, in the direction of New Brighton or West Kirby and get off at Birkenhead North. This journey will take about 12 minutes, then it is about a 20-minute walk to the Observatory, which includes the small hill of Wilding Way. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us in advance of your journey, or alternatively ring Argyle Taxi Service on: +44 151 201 1111

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 £25 and will include tunnel tolls.

By car:

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, to the left. There is limited free parking available onsite.

From Manchester Airport:

Take a train from the airport to Liverpool Lime Street, then follow instructions below. It’ll take about two hours and cost around £27. Buying train tickets online on Trainline can sometimes be cheaper.

From Liverpool John Lennon Airport:

Take the bus to Liverpool South Parkway train station, then take a train to Liverpool Central, and follow instructions below. The total journey is about an hour, and costs around £10. (Ask for a ‘day saver’ including Birkenhead.)

Wilding public footpath, leading to The Observatory and Lighthouse



BOARC occupies several floors of a Grade II listed building, therefore there are some significant barriers to access. There is currently no lift access to the first floor, roof or basements. Each floor is accessed via approximately 26 steps, 17cm in height. Some facilities are located on these floors, such as the library on the first floor, and workspace, wet room and broadcasting studio located in the basement.

The ground floor is fully wheelchair accessible, with widened doors, and space to manoeuvre a wheelchair. The accessible bedroom and accessible bathroom, plus workspaces, kitchens, movement room and project office are located on the ground floor.

Service animals are very welcome.

If you, or your dependants have any access requirements, including allergies, please contact us in advance of your arrival. If there is something you need for the project to be more accessible to you or if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.

Some events and public programming take place in the basement spaces and on the roof. If you’re planning on attending an event, please let us know about any access requirements in advance, so we can make adjustments to the programme where possible.

We can send further text, audio and image-based information regarding access to and around the observatory upon request.

We can currently provide: Large print, Clear text, Audio Recording or show aspects of the space via live video.


To reach a member of our team, please email: enquiries@bidstonobservatory.org

If you would like to reach us by telephone, please call + 44 (0) 7385 296 328

Please bear in mind that we are a small team and we endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 3 days.

We can also be contacted by post via the address:

Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Prenton, CH43 7RA

Aerial view of the observatory and the lighthouse

aerial aerial

If there are any other questions, feel free to ask us via email at enquiries@bidstonobservatory.org