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New Brighton History Myths & Legends Tour



Hidden Wirral Presents..New Brighton Historic Ghosts, Myths & Legends Tour

Tickets Cost £7 Per Person and are sent instantly to your email address so you can show us on your mobile phone or print them out

Have you heard the Local Legends of the Famous Seaside Resort of New Brighton?

They say that, on the night of a full moon in New Brighton, The Ghost Walks Tonight.... Stand very still and listen along the coastline, you'll hear the laughter of the Smugglers - the laughter will swiftly turn to screams, the Ghosts of Mother Redcaps awaits.

Did you know that the Wallasey Coastline was the Pirate Capital of the North West of Great Britain? Before New Brighton was even born, the area was known as Black Rock and was plagued by Pirates, Smugglers and Fisherman.  The Coastal regions are littered with Smugglers Tunnels that were used for moving Contraband and other stolen goods around the region. The area also has its Historic Legends including a few Ghost Stories and was a showcase to Britain in the Early 20th Century. So join us on a journey through Time and Learn about all the Hidden Secrets the Resort Holds. And Best of All, We start and Finish at a Pub, where Drinks are available before and After the Tour. Free Parking is also Available on the Promenade Close By.

There must be a few things harder to imagine than an ammunition dump by New Brighton’s pretty Vale Park, or smugglers and wreckers sneaking furtively across the sands on which you have probably sat for many a quiet hour when the weather is warm. This Enlightening Tour will take you on a journey through time. Embrace the Darkness and Join our Historian & Author for an evening of Historical Facts, Light Comedy and many Dark Tales.

Evenings in New Brighton Seaside Resort are about two things. Eating and drinking or Historic walking tours, so why not combine them together on an Exclusive Ghosts, Myths & Legends themed Tour. Imagine a Warren of Smugglers Tunnels hidden beneath the Victorian streets of New Brighton and the Wallasey Coastline, where centuries of Stories are waiting to be told. Journey Back in Time and discover Authentic truths, Historical Facts, Light Comedy and many Ghostly Tales about the old towns illustrious past. You will learn of the Black Rock Mermaid, Ghost stories, legends of the Gunpowder Village, The Magazine Witch, Old Maritime Tales, Mother Redcaps Missing Treasure, Smugglers Secret Tunnels and all the Local Legends. We offer an evening of History and Mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind.

Many Points of interest including:

The Legend of Mother Redcaps Missing Treasure
The Secret  Smugglers Tunnels of New Brighton
Peggy Gadfly's Pub & The Smugglers Tunnels
The Seymour Street Spook
Victorian Murders
The New Brighton Tower Construction & Location
The Pilot Boat Morgue
Pubs & Contraband
Vale Park History
The Witch of the Magazine Hotel
Legends of the Magazine Village
The Oldest Pubs in Wallasey
The great gale of 1839
The Wormhole Caves Connection
The Red Nose Caverns Connection
Other Smugglers Tunnels
The River Mersey tales
The Fairy Village of Vale Park
Tricks by the Wreckers
The wooden Perch Light
Old Ghost Tales
And Much Much More...

Rising from the river near Liscard in Wallasey stands Magazine Village - a community which, before gunpowder had bestowed upon it an air of respectability, was known and denounced as 'Hell's Brow'.

Before the eighteenth century the Brow was isolated from the other areas of Wallasey by a treacherous mere, a wind-swept moor, and by Bidston Moss. For many years the only access to the village was by way of the shore. Due to its isolation the area attracted wreckers and smugglers. Often posing as simple boatmen and hard-working fishermen they lived in the Brow's squalid muddle of hovels. However, the vagaries of passing time transformed the little hovels into some of the most delightful and sought after cottages in Wallasey.

There is once again a feel good factor about our beloved seaside resort New Brighton, something that has been missing since the day it turned into a ghost town virtually overnight in 1969. A new facelift with healthy investment  has seen the phoenix rise from the ashes once more. Whilst it still holds many of the values and ideas of a Victorian Seaside Resort, it has also been given a 21st Century facelift, ensuring that once again New Brighton is a popular seaside resort. That Hidden History is what you are about to learn on our Exclusive historic Tours.

Wallasey, like much of Wirral, is built on soft, sandstone rock, laid down long geological epochs ago when the area was at the bottom of a prehistoric ocean. Rumours abound concerning tunnels leading through the rock, some supposedly stretching as far as Wallasey Pool and then cross Bidston Moss to Continue in tunnels from Bidston beyond. They are said to have been used and expanded by the smugglers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. You will also hear about the origins of ghost stories and how smugglers concocted stories to drive fear into locals. Join us and find out all the local legends of the many hidden Tunnels around the area.

Before New Brighton was even born, the area was known as Ye Black Rock and was plagued by Pirates & Smugglers, Wallasey was the 3rd worse place in Britain for it. In the eighteenth century, Wallasey was a haunt of smugglers. The centre of smuggling was Mother Redcap’s, a tavern that stood on the Mersey shore. Its proprietor was an elderly lady named Poll Jones, who always wore a red cap or bonnet. She was a great friend to smugglers and privateers, acting as a banker, minding their earnings while they were at sea.  The area has many mysterious maritime Tales to tell. You will be walking around the coastline on a circular walk. You will learn and hear stories about Victorian Times all the way up to the 21st Century and also visit the old gunpowder village which has several hidden secrets to tell. Join us as we undertake an enlightening walk retelling the tales of Ghosts, Myths and Legends of the area.

The meeting point is Starting & Finishing outside The James Atherton pub, 117-119 Victoria Rd, Victorian Quarter, New Brighton, CH45 2JD. Please arrive 15 mins before the stated time.

Tour Capacity - 15 People
Tour Duration: Approx 1 Hour 20 Mins
Wheelchair Friendly – No
Suitable for Children – Over 10s Only (Tickets Required)
Ticket Price £7 Per Person
Transport - Local Bus and Train available to venue.
Parking Available on Victoria Road in Several Car Parks

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For Over 6 Years Hidden Wirral have been creating memories for visitors and locals alike in the Historic Wirral Peninsula. Best known for our range of interesting History Tours that run day and night, all year round. Our commitment is for a fun, insightful and memorable walking tour experience, facilitated by our exceptional team of storyteller guides, led by New Brighton's pre-eminent historian, Tony Franks-Buckley Join us on one of our tours today!

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