Port Sunlight Museum


Port Sunlight

Every day, 10am – 5pm (except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day)

About this Museum


Port Sunlight is a garden village, and the finest surviving example of early urban planning in the UK. It was founded by the industrialist William Hesketh Lever (later Viscount Leverhulme) in 1888 to house workers of his soap factory. Set in 130 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, the village features cottages in a mix of architectural styles alongside community buildings (including the former Girls’ Club which now houses the museum), fine public sculpture, and one of the largest war memorials in the UK. The whole village is a Designated Conservation Area.

The museum tells the story of the village from its inception to present day. It shows how Lever developed his vision for the village, and what influenced the many architects and designers employed there. The museum offers the opportunity to experience what life and work was like for the Victorian and Edwardian residents of Port Sunlight, and highlights the terrible losses the village experienced in the First and Second World Wars. Displays also showcase the work of Port Sunlight Village Trust, which in partnership with the residents works to conserve the village and promote the ideas underlying its foundation and development.

  • Nearly every building in the village is Grade II listed.
  • The Beatles played four times at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight in 1962, including Ringo’s first gig with the band.
  • Port Sunlight Village Trust has recently acquired Bridge Cottage, the former home of William Hesketh Lever, and is opening it to the public on special occasions such as Heritage Open Days and for weddings and venue hire – check the website for details.
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Address

23 King George’s Drive
Port Sunlight
Wirral
CH62 5DX

Prices

Prices

Adult £3.95
Concessions £3.50
Child (5-16) £2.75
Family ticket £11.50
Groups 10+: £3 per person
Group packages available –
check the website for details

Contact

Contact

0151 644 6466
[email protected]

Visit info

Length of visit

1 hour

Activities

Children’s activity sheets are available from the gift shop.
Self-guided walking trail leaflet for the village is available from the gift shop, or you can hire an iPod for a multimedia village tour.
Special events, talks and guided walks take place around the village throughout the year.

Facilities

Tea room and gift shop
Village tours led by Blue Badge accredited tour guides
Space is available to book for meetings, conferences, workshops, weddings and other special occasions at the Old School Room at the Lyceum.
Collections Study Centre offers access to Port Sunlight Museum’s Collection and Archive by appointment.

Photography

No photography in the museum without prior permission

Access

Wheelchair accessible, with tea room reached via lift to first floor. Wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge at the museum if needed.
Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are also available.

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from the A41 New Chester Road for Port Sunlight Village.
A free car park shared with the Lady Lever Art Gallery is available outside the museum.

By train:

Nearest station is Bebington or Port Sunlight

Nearest Venues