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New Brighton History Trail



Hidden Wirral presents, New Brighton History Myths & Legends Trails from Birth to Modern Day - We offer Weekly tours to suit your desires

Tuesday - New Brighton Old Mansions Trail 2pm
Wednesday  - New Brighton Victorian Trail 12pm
Wednesday - New Brighton WW2 Trail 2pm
Wednesday - New Brighton Evening Walk 6.30pm
Saturday - New Brighton History Myths & Legends Trail 11am

Limited Tickets Per Tour Book Now and Don't Miss Out - Currently On offer for £5 Per Person

Do Something Different With Your afternoon or evening this Autumn and Join The New Brighton Historic Walks for 90 minutes of history and mystery in the Old Town. Our Historian takes you on a walk steeped in history and brings to life stories of legends, smugglers, murders and of course, ghosts. Explore the dark streets, Promenade and Village that make up the oldest parts of New Brighton Seaside Resort. We are part of Rockpoint Leisures regeneration in the Victorian Quarter of New Brighton. Join us and we will take you round all the new murals on the wallas around the area. The Victorian Quarter is the heart 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. Join The New Brighton evening Walk for 90 minutes of history and mystery in the Old Town. You will be taken on a walk steeped in history and brings to life stories of legends, witches, smugglers, hidden tunnels, murders and of course, ghosts. Explore the dark streets and alleyways that make up the oldest parts of New Brighton Seaside Resort. We offer an afternoon or evening of History and Mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind.

Timeline of New Brighton History

Pre 1830 - Smugglers & Fort Perch Rock
1830 - The Birth of New Brighton
1899 - Tower & Fairground
1900 - Entertainment in New Brighton
1914-1940s WW1 & WW2 in New Brighton
1950s & 60s - Seaside Fun in New Brighton - The Beatles, Merseybeat & Rock n Roll
1969 - 1989 - Mysterious Fires and Damage in New Brighton
1990 - 2013 - The Storms of New Brighton
2014 - Today - Regeneration in New Brighton

Tour Capacity - 15 People
Tour Duration: Approx 90 Mins  
Wheelchair & Pram Friendly – No
Suitable for Children – Yes Tickets Required (Over 11s on Evening Tours)
Usual Ticket Price £7.00 per person - Currently On offer for £5 Per Person
Transport - Local Bus and Train available to venue.
In case of rain please wear a suitable coat.

The meeting point is Starting & Finishing outside The James Atherton pub, 117-119 Victoria Rd, Victorian Quarter, New Brighton, CH45 2JD. Free Parking is available in the Car Park close by. Please Ensure Your Arrive 15 mins before the stated time. Get a drink before the tour and see you outside.

Tickets can be purchased by using your Credit/Debit card or by Paypal.

Tickets will be sent Direct to your Email Address so you can either show us on your mobile phone or Print out your tickets. Please Ensure You arrive 15 mins before the stated time so we can leave on time.


What To Expect on our Tours

Before New Brighton was even born, the area was known as Ye Black Rock and was plagued by Pirates & Smugglers, we were 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. We 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. Join us as we undertake an an Afternoon or Evening walk retelling the tales of Ghosts, Myths and Legends of the area. We will be starting and finishing at the James Atherton Pub which is located in the heart of the Victorian Quarter of New Brighton. We offer a Day of History and Mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind.

Our Historian will be also be introducing you to the history of New Brighton during the war years ranging from the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War. Come and see where The Beatles rose to fame when they played the Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions, as did many other Merseybeat and Rock n Roll groups. We will also be telling you to all the Myths & Legends of the old town on a jam packed history tour. You will discover authentic truths,  Hidden Tunnels, Local Myths, Ghost Stories, Hidden Treasure and all the Legendary Tales about the old towns dark past.  Join our Historian & Author for an afternoon or evening of Historical Facts, Light Comedy and many Dark Tales. This is a Historic Tour like no other,Book Now and don't miss out.

During World War II the US Army was stationed at New Brighton and a large motor pool known as Depot 0616 was kept at the Tower Athletic Grounds. The 347th Ordnance Depot Company was stationed at New Brighton from December 1943 until March 1944 before they set sail for the French Coastline. Find out what they got up to as they entertained the locals in more ways than one.

Points of interest on Day Walks:

Victorian times, New Brighton Baths, 1990s Storms, Recent Storms, Fort Perch Rock & Lighthouse, Floral Pavilion, Ham & Eggs Parade, The Ferry Hotel, Chelsea Reach Nightclub, The New Brighton Pier & Ferry, The Tivoli Theatre, The Tower Grounds, Tommy Mann's Miniature Railway, Vale Park, The Fairy Village, The Bandstand, Vale House, New Brighton Primary School, The New Brighton Tower, The French Laundry, Grandma's Club, Victoria Road, Rowson Street, Wellington Road Villas and The Wormhole Caves, Ghosts, Hidden Tunnels, Smugglers Secrets, Hidden Treasure, The Old Pubs of New Brighton and so much more crammed in to a fun and factual tour with Wirral's Premier Historian.

And all WW2 History

The Home Guards, Life on the Home-front, Treasure Finds in the Caves, The American Army Base, The Chinese Laundry Legend, Unexploded Bombs, War Time Entertainment, The Sandrock Hotel, The Tower Grounds Air Raid Shelters, Hidden Tunnels around New Brighton, Bombings in New Brighton, Rationing, Evacuation, Bombing Raids, D-Day preparations,  The Army Training in the Wormhole Caves, The Bidston Observatory, Fire Watching, ARP Wardens, Why the war began, The End of the War celebrations, The Nazi hiding in Wallasey, Propaganda, Dig For Victory, Military Defence units in New Brighton, The River Mersey Maunsell Forts, Fort Perch Rock, AA Gun Placements, Bombings in Birkenhead and Liverpool, The deep air raid shelters of Bidston Hill and Tranmere, Cammell Lairds Production and so much more.

The Beatles played at the Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions, The venue was capable of holding up to 5,000 people, making it one of the largest venues played by The Beatles at this time. They had first played there in October 1961, at an 'Operation Big Beat' event which drew 3,000.

All ye that are weary come in an take rest,
Our eggs and our ham they are of the best,
Our ale and our porter are likewise the same,
Step in if you please and give 'em a name.
-Mother Redcap.

Some of the New Brighton Local Myths & Legends you will hear of on the Evening Walks:

The Legend of the Black Rock Mermaid
The Legend of Fort Perch Rock and Lighthouse
The Legend of Mother Redcaps Missing Treasure
The Witch of the Magazine Hotel
The Pilot Boat Morgue
The Secret  Smugglers Tunnels of New Brighton
The Haunting of New Brighton Lighthouse
The Seymour Street Spook
Legends of the River Mersey
Victorian Murders
Peggy Gadfly's Pub & The Smugglers Tunnels
The New Brighton Tower Construction & Location
Pubs & Contraband
Vale Park History
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...

The New Brighton Tours are Exclusive to Hidden Wirral Tours, Book Now and Join the Biggest Tour Company in Wirral.

Your Tour Guide is Local Historian & Author Tony Franks-Buckley who is the leading expert on The History of New Brighton as he takes you on a journey through time around the historic seaside resort on a circular walk suitable for everybody.

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!

Tickets can be obtained direct via this website or if you do not have a credit or debit card please text or call the booking line to see if places are available 07542391726 Private Tours and School Bookings can also be Booked in Advance. please Email or Call us for further details

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