Heritage Open Days 2023

Bidston Lighthouse will take part in the 2023 Heritage Open Days programme. This year, the national programme will run from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th September.

In the Wirral, Heritage Open Days are co-ordinated by the Wirral History and Heritage Association.

Bidston Lighthouse will offer free guided tours on Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, and Saturday 16th September, at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. Booking is essential, as places are limited.

Tours will focus on the history of  the lighthouse. Learn about the Bidston flag signals, the Liverpool-Holyhead semaphore telegraph, and the revolution in lighthouse optics that started at the world’s most inland lighthouse.

How to book

Bookings are now open.

Please book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Eventbrite won’t let me book. What can I do?
A. That’s probably because the time you want is fully booked already.  Please don’t ask us to squeeze one more in. Instead, please consider coming at another time, outside of Heritage Open Days. Our last open day this season will (probably) be on Sunday 3rd September.

Q. Are children welcome on these tours?
A. Children are welcome provided they are taller than the minimum height (1.06 metres or 42 inches) and are accompanied by an adult at all times. We advise families with younger children to choose one of the 2pm tours, as the 1pm and 3pm tours will be pitched at a level that might not hold their attention for a full hour.

Q. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
A. No. We will check your name against our list of everyone who has booked.

Q. Do you have a wait list?
A. We’re trying out Eventbrite’s wait list feature for the first time this year. We hope it works. Please don’t ask us to add you to a wait list manually – we can’t.

Q. I realise I won’t be able to come after all. Should I cancel the booking?
Yes, please. If you don’t cancel, your place won’t be available to anyone else.

Q. Is parking available on site?
A. Yes, but places are limited. As our opening times will overlap with those of Bidston Observatory, the site could become congested if everyone comes by car. Please consider car-sharing, public transport or walking, if you possibly can.


Bidston Lighthouse, drawn by Barry Boulton on 6 Sep 2014

Bidston Lighthouse, drawn by Barry Boulton on 6th September, 2014, during the Wirral Heritage Open Days.