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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Wirral


Leasowe Lighthouse was built back in 1763, making it the oldest surviving lighthouse in Britain.


Wirral has the longest Promenade in Britain. New Brighton Promenade is just over 2 miles (3.5km) long.


The Mersey Ferries were the first boats in the world to be installed with fog radar navigation systems. That was back in 1947.


Outside of London, Wirral has the largest amount of Grade II Listed buildings.


The first shot of World War One was fired from Fort Perch Rock in Wirral. It was a warning shot – just 30 minutes after war was declared.


Central Park in New York was based on the design of Birkenhead Park.


Wirral is said to be the ‘Birthplace of England’ and was the site of the bloodiest battle ever fought in Britain.


Hilbre Island is the United Kingdom’s smallest, inhabited island at just 11.6 acres.


Despite being just 60 square miles in size, Wirral is home to five nature reserves.


King Richard II gave the entire Wirral peninsula Royal Park status in 1376.

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