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Below are travel directions. If you plan to fly to or from Manchester or Liverpool airports, please check connecting train and metro times as transport does not run all night.


Wilding public footpath, leading to The Observatory and Lighthouse


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Click through the images below to see some of the spaces available at Bidston Observatory.


At Bidston Observatory Artist Research Centre we care deeply about accessibility and are dedicated to creating a more equitable and accessible space. We value and honour the insights and participation of all community members and therefore aim to make the space as open and inclusive as possible. This is an evolving process that takes time and has limitations. We are open to thinking and implementing other modes of access, and thank you for moving along this process with us.

We welcome your recommendations, feedback, thoughts and experience; these exchanges are key to ensuring we are doing things in the best way possible. If there is something you need for the project to be more accessible to you, we would love to hear from you.If you have any access requirements or have further questions about the project or our facilities, please contact us in advance of your arrival.

About the Building

Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre occupies several floors of a Grade II listed building, therefore there are some significant barriers to access. There are two entrances to the building, one of which has wheelchair access via a ramp (more info below).The ground floor has widened doors and space for manoeuvring a wheelchair. The accessible bedroom, gender neutral accessible bathroom and toilet, workspace, kitchen, movement room and project office are located on the ground floor.

While the ground floor is fully wheelchair accessible, there is currently no lift access to the first floor, roof or basements. Each floor is accessed via approximately 26 steps, 17cm in height. Some facilities are located on these floors. The first floor houses further accommodation, gender neutral toilets and bathroom, shower block and the library. A workspace, wet room, broadcasting studio and gender neutral toilet are located in the building’s basement.

Some events and public programming take place in the basement space and on the roof. When delivering events, activities or the public programme, we consider access requirements and can make reasonable adjustments. Please let us know about any access requirements in advance. Thanks for taking the time to get in contact!


Porch entrance, with door bell above brass push plate


Wheelchair access at 1866 door (ramp not pictured)


Interpretation section

All text on the website is available in Easy-Read versions. If you have an access requirement, please ask us for this information in alternative formats, if possible in advance.

We can currently provide: Large print, Plain English, Easy Read a Word version for e-mailing or downloading.

We cannot currently provide: Braille, audio description, British Sign Language (BSL), relaxed performances, captioning.


To reach a member of our team, please email

If you would like to reach us by telephone, please call
+ 44 (0) 7385 296 328

We can also be contacted by post via Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Prenton, CH43 7RA

Please bear in mind that we are a small team, but endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 3 days.

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Aerial view of the observatory and the lighthouse

aerial aerial

It’s also possible to book onto a tour of Bidston Observatory. For more information about dates, please see here.

Bidston Observatory is not generally open for public access. It is possible to stay and use the facilities as part of your research practice and studies. Please just drop us an email with preferred dates and a little about the work you’ll be doing onsite.

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Call us old-fashioned - BOARC only collects the names and contacts of people who add themselves to the mailing list. Most of the personal information we process is provided to us directly by you, when you sign up, or enquire about studying & staying.

We use the information that you have given us in order to support your stay, and we will never share this information with businesses or organisations without your consent.

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the lawful bases we rely on for processing this information are: Your consent. You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting enquiries@bidstonobservatory.org.

We keep details about bookings for five years. We will then dispose your information by wiping this data securely. You can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time. If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to enquiries@bidstonobservatory.org.