|Address||Prenton Park, Prenton Rd West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY|
|Telephone No.||0333 014 4452|
|Fax No.||0151 609 0606|
|Ground Facilities||Club house, bar and lounge, club shop|
|Capacity||16,587 (all seated)|
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From M6/M56 join the M53 and exit at Junction 4 and take the B5151 Mount Road from the fourth exit of the roundabout (the ground is signposted from here). After two and a half miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road, turn right at the traffic lights (there is a church on the far right hand corner) into Prenton Road West and the ground is down this road on the right hand side.
Sue Warwick adds; 'An easier route to the ground is to leave the M53 at Junction 3 and take the A552 Woodchurch Road towards Birkenhead. You will pass a Sainsburys and then as you reach the Half Way House pub turn right at the traffic lights onto the B5151 Mount Road. Take the first left for the ground'.
There is a car park at the ground which costs £5, otherwise, street parking, but beware that there is a strict local residents parking scheme in operation around Prenton Park. Further along Borough Road, going past the Kop Stand, is a sports ground which has parking spaces costing £3 per car. You can also park at the Birch Tree pub, which is next to the stadium. It costs £5, but this is refunded inside against the purchase price of food and drink.
I got hopelessly lost trying to find the ground and did actually end up at the Mersey admiring the views of Liverpool across the river. My frustrations were not eased, when on asking a local chap for directions to the football ground the guy replied 'Liverpool or Everton?' After asking about another three locals I finally found the ground after going round most of Birkenhead.
Post Code for SAT NAV: CH42 9PY
The closest railway stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, both served by Liverpool Lime Street. Both stations are a fair walk from the ground (15-20 minutes). Philip Jackman provides directions from Rock Ferry station; 'Upon leaving Rock Ferry turn right and walk up Bedford Road for a fair distance until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout, turn right into Bebington Road and walk along this road until you reach the Sportsman pub. Then turn left into Prenton Road and you will reach the ground and away fans turnstiles on your left.' Whilst Adam Hodson provides directions from Birkenhead Central; 'On exiting the station cross the road, turn right, then at the roundabout turn Left onto Borough Road (A552 towards) Heswall. Go through four sets of traffic lights passing a Shell Garage on the on the left hand side and at the 5th roundabout (signposted B5152 Clatterbridge and Tranmere Rovers FC), Walk straight through onto Borough Road and the Ground is on the right hand side after passing the Prenton Park Pub. It took around 15 Minutes from the station'. Alternatively you can get a bus to the ground from the nearby Conway Bus Station, by making your way through the Grange Shopping Precinct, which is located on the opposite side of the main roundabout outside Birkenhead Central Station. For bus services see below.
Tony Combes informs me; 'If coming from Liverpool Lime Street, the nearest Merseyrail Underground is Conway Park (New Brighton and West Kirby lines), alighting and ascending to street level. You can then get a bus from Conway Park Bus Station which is within 100 yards on your right. Buses: 41, 42, 71, 72, 403, 413, 423 all take to you the bottom of Singleton Avenue which is the alighting point. The ground is then five minutes walk from here, heading along Borough Road. Alternatively, the 164, 177 and 464 will take you almost adjacent to the ground, alighting at the bus stop opposite Bogan’s Carpets and the Prenton Park pub'. Hugh Dickinson adds; 'You can also catch a bus from near Liverpool Lime Street Station to Birkenhead. Bus services 471 and 472 depart from Sir Thomas Street (about 5 minutes walk from Lime Street) to Borough Road in Birkenhead (about 5 minutes walk from Prenton Park). The journey time is approximately 20 minutes and it costs £3.80 return.'
Prenton Park is dominated by the Kop Stand at one end of the
stadium. This stand which was opened in 1995 has a large tall single tier which
has a capacity of 5,696 seats and dwarfs the rest of the ground. Opposite is the
Cowshed Stand, which got its name from the old stand that was there before it
was built. This single tiered stand looks a little strange as one side of it has
more rows than the other, giving a sloping effect. It has an electric scoreboard
mounted on its roof. On the other side is the Johnny King Stand (formerly the
Borough Road Stand and now named after a former manager), which is a small
covered stand that runs the entire length of the pitch. Both these stands were
also opened in 1995.
On the remaining side of the ground is the Main Stand, which was opened in 1968. It is a fair sized two-tiered all seated stand, that is covered. It has a larger upper tier and does contain a couple of supporting pillars. The team dugouts are also located at the front of this stand. It has a capacity of 5,957. The ground in its corners has a set of four unusual looking floodlight pylons. Outside the ground, there is a statue of the Clubs’ most successful manager John King.
Admission Prices 2018/19
Main Stand: Adults £21, Over 65's/Under 23's £14, Under 18's £6, Under 14's £5**
John King Stand: Adults £18, Over 65's/Under 23's £11, Under 18's £5, Under 14's £2**
Kop Stand: Adults £18, Over 65's/Under 23's £11 Under 18's £5, Under 14's £2**
Cowshed Stand: Adults £18, Over 65's/Under 23's £11, Under 18's £5, Under 14's £2**
* These prices are for tickets that are purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bough on the day of the game cost up to £2 more per ticket.
** Must be accompanied by an adult.
Please note that for Under 23's tickets in all home sections and for both Over 65's and Under 23's in the away stand. Tickets must be purchased from the ticket office and that proof of age will be required.
Official Programme £3
Last Season: 1st, Conference Premier
Average Attendance: 5,117
A Fans View:
Away fans are housed in the affectionately named
Cowshed Stand at one end, where up to 2,500 fans can be accommodated in this
single tier all seated stand. You will be relieved to know that the only
connection with a real cowshed is the name. As this covered, all seated stand,
has good facilities and unhindered views of the playing action, being free of
any supporting pillars. The concourses are of a good size and the acoustics of
the stand good, meaning that away fans can really make some noise from inside
this stand. The stand is also located close to the pitch, which is always a
Food inside on offer includes; Double Burgers (£4.50), Cheeseburgers (£4), Burgers (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.50), Steak and Kidney or Meat and Potato pies (£3.50).
Normally the prospect of a day out in Birkenhead, doesn’t do much to heighten expectations, but the ground is in a pleasant part of town.
David Nicholson a visiting Carlisle United fan
adds; 'Around the corner from the Prenton Park Hotel is a Chinese takeaway which
was doing a roaring trade on our visit. The fish and chips were delicious'.
All fans please note, it is a criminal offence to drink alcohol on the streets of Birkenhead, you may find yourself being arrested if you do.