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Bridge Cottage Pilot Project

For August and September 2015 Bridge Cottage will be open to the village visitors as part of a pilot project.

The cottage is one of the most significant cottages in the village, both socially and architecturally. It was completed in 1893 and is thought to have been built for the village founder William Hesketh Lever who lived there on occasion until 1900. Since then it has been occupied continuously by someone of important standing in the Port Sunlight community until July 2015 when it passed into the ownership of Port Sunlight Village Trust.

Over the summer, visitors will be able to gain access to the ground floor of the property on certain days of the week. Entry is free of charge but donations are welcome. Due to the temporary nature of the pilot project there is currently no disabled access at Bridge Cottage.

What can you see there?

  • A special exhibition exploring the social and architectural significance of the cottage

    Village and local artists at work

    Short performances by live interpreters

    Some of the cottage's original interior features

Volunteer house stewards are on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have.

Refreshments & Gift Shop

There is a tea room facility in the cottage selling, hot and cold drinks, biscuits and crisps. There is also a shop where you can buy Port Sunlight souvenirs and items made by the cottage artists.

We need your help!

The purpose of the pilot project is to help Port Sunlight Village Trust to decide on the long-term use of the cottage. Should it be part of Port Sunlight Museum, a space for the village community, or both? You can either leave a comment on our cottage 'comments wall', complete a short survey with one of our house stewards, or join our debate on Facebook - Bridge Cottage Pilot Project, Port Sunlight and Twitter - #BridgeCottagePPPS

Pick up a free Bridge Cottage map & trail from Port Sunlight Museum, directing you to the cottage.

Bridge Cottage Opening Times:


Monday 24th Aug - Thursday 27th Aug - 1.00pm - 4.00pm

& Saturday 29th Aug - 10.30am - 1pm

Bridge Cottage Closed: Friday's and Sunday's, unless otherwise stated.

Please note* Bridge Cottage Closed: Bank Holiday Monday 31st August and closed for one week: Tuesday 1st September to Sunday 6th September,.

Bridge Cottage re-opens for Heritage Open Days from Monday 7th September, 11am - 3pm

Then open Tues 8th, Wed 9th, Thurs 10th, Fri 11th September, 11am - 3pm

Closed Sat 12th September,

Last day open to the visiting public is Sunday 13th September, 11am - 4pm, as part of Open Village Event.

If in doubt, please  open please call the Visitor Services team on 0151 644 6466

Parking is restricted, we advise you to leave your car in the village piazza opposite the village fountain. Disabled access is restricted, assistance dogs are welcome into the cottage.

Port Sunlight Museum, King George's Drive, remains open every day throughout the year, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day only.


Guided Walking Tours of Port Sunlight

Every day in August 2015

Saturday 1st August until Monday 31st August

At 11.30am & 2.00pm

Tour themes include:

The History of Port Sunlight and how village founder, William Hesketh Lever, developed the village and Port Sunlight.

Every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday at 2.00pm, the walking tour will focus on the housing architecture and look more closely at The Houses of Port Sunlight.

Tickets available from Port Sunlight Museum gift shop. Adult £6.50, Concession £5.50, price includes admission into the museum.

Tours start and end at Port Sunlight Museum


Series of Talks, themed on Port Sunlight Museum's Soap & Water Exhibition

July 2015 - January 2016:

Talks take place in The Old School Room at The Lyceum, Port Sunlight, CH62 4UJ

Ticket £5.00, per talk available from the museum gift shop.

Call 0151 644 6466 or email,


Thursday 17th September, door open 6.30pm talk begins at 7pm

Port Sunlight: Tales from the Riverbanks

By Stuart Irwin

Stuart talks about the story of life in the very early years of the village, featuring old stories, photos and testimonies of the first residents, how they dealt with water in their midst and what their lives were like. the talk also includes a detailed history of the Port Sunlight Swimming Pool.


Thursday 15th October, door open 6.30pm talk begins at 7pm

The History of Bromborough Port

By Gavin Hunter

Gavin looks at the first commercial wet-dock that opened in 1725 in Liverpool. Nearly 200 years later in 1930 Unilever's Bromborough Dock. at the time the largest private dock in the world, was opened. This richly illustrated lecture will unfold the history of the surrounding area, known as Bromborough Port, and bring to life the fascinating social and industrial story of this unique development on the banks of the River Mersey.


Wednesday 25th November, door open 6.30pm talk begins at 7pm

Prices Village: The Story of Bromborough Pool Village

By Glynn Parry

Glynn opens up the story of Bromborough Pool Village. Developed in 1854, it provided homes for workers in the nearby Price's Candle Factory, and the village stands in history as one of the villages constructed by wealthy industrialists that revolutionised the working and living standards of their workers.


Thursday 21st January 2016, door open 6.30pm talk begins at 7pm

The Influence of Water on the layout of Port Sunlight Works & Village

By Gavin hunter

The factory and village of Port Sunlight are built on fields once interspersed with tidal creeks. Cattle grazed and crops grew on fields bounded by streams draining the countryside from far and wide. Find out more about how the position and layout of the new buildings and houses were influenced by these original features to produce Port Sunlight as we know it today.


Open Village Event & Founder's Day Celebrations

With the Thame Valley Classic Car Display on Museum Green

Part of Heritage Open Days, FREE ENTRY

Sunday 13th September

11.00am - 4.00pm

Following on from the success of last years event, residents and business once again, open their doors and garden gates allowing visitors a peek into their venues, homes and gardens! Part of Heritage Open Days, Port Sunlight's Open Village Event welcomes you to look round the village with a free trail guide picked up from Port Sunlight Museum, so you can go off exploring in any order you choose.

Event Stewards will be on hand to help direct you to the next nearest stop on the map. Pick up an event trail from Port Sunlight Museum on the day!



Creepy Tales at Port Sunlight Museum

Saturday 31st October

More details to follow


October Half-Term

Family Fun Craft Activities

Tues 27th, Wed 28th & Thurs 29th October

1.00pm - 3.30pm

In the Old School Room at the Lyceum

No booking required, drop in!


Port Sunlight Museum

Visit Port Sunlight Museum's gift shop and find a beautiful selection of products including a new contemporary linen range of products, plus the popular traditional linen style of oven gloves, tea towel, bags and matching pottery depicting views around the village.

Sunlight soap, calendars, pottery, jewellery, mugs, gift packs and so much more..... Open every day from 10am, call into the museum gift shop to find a warm welcome and a wide selection of quality gift products.

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T: 0151 644 6466 



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