Visiting Port Sunlight Museum

Our museum tells the story of William Lever and his vision in creating this village for workers at his Sunlight Soap factory. Explore how the village developed over the years, from the working and living conditions to the charming architecture.

Things to see and do at Port Sunlight Museum

The museum is packed with tales and nostalgia from displays of vintage soap packaging to Ringo Starr’s first performance with the Beatles in the village in 1962. Through film shows, interactives, models and an array of intriguing artefacts, you can discover the tale of this inspirational village.

Don’t miss:

  • Selling Sunlight, a special exhibition exploring Lever Brothers’ innovative approach to advertising and packaging
  • A recreated 1900s grocers’ shop filled with Lever Brothers’ soap packaging
  • A huge model of the village created between 1960s-1980s
  • A family-friendly ‘design your own Port Sunlight house’ activity area

  • Sunlight Spirit, a fascinating 20-minute film telling the story of the village using archival footage (seating provided)
  • ‘Port Sunlight at War’, a display containing original artefacts, interactive videos and a searchable database of those listed on the village’s famous War Memorial
  • ‘Beatles Over The Water’, a display exploring Port Sunlight’s unique place in the story of the Fab Four

The Edwardian Worker’s Cottage

Next door to Port Sunlight Museum at Number 22, you can step inside a worker’s cottage and experience what everyday life was like in Port Sunlight in Edwardian times. Explore the recreated home of the Carr Family who were long-time tenants and worked in the Lever Brothers factory. The cottage is filled with artefacts and you’ll be given a warm welcome by our volunteers, who will share the story of this special house.

 


Plan your visit

To enter the museum and Edwardian Worker’s Cottage, you must purchase a ticket for the Port Sunlight Experience. This includes the option to add on a guided walking tour of the village.

You can pay on the day or book your ticket online in advance.

Book tickets

 

 

 

Opening times

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–4.30pm

 

Prices

The Port Sunlight Experience Package

Adult £8.00
Concession £7.00 Student; and 60+
Child (5-16) £5.50
Family (2+2) £24.00

 

Walking Tours

Daily guided walking tours are also available from Wednesday – Sunday starting at 11.30am. Tours are 90 minutes in duration and depart from Port Sunlight Museum. You can book your tour in advance or pay on the day but places are limited.

Adult £7.00
Concession £6.00 Student; and 60+
Child (5-16) £4.00

 

The Port Sunlight Experience + Walking Tour

Adult £13.00
Concession £11.00 Student; and 60+
Child (5-16) £7.00
Family (2+2) £34.00

 

A year’s worth of visits

We’d love to see you again, so that’s why your ticket will remain valid for 12 months from the purchase date, giving you the chance to explore Port Sunlight’s story again. Just remember to hold on to your ticket!


Getting here

Address: Port Sunlight Museum, 23 King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight CH62 5DX.

Free parking available opposite Port Sunlight Museum and surrounding streets.

Find out more about travelling to Port Sunlight here.


Accessibility

The museum has toilets, including an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities for paying customers only.

Please note that in order to keep our collections safe, dogs are not permitted inside any of our venues (Port Sunlight Museum, the Edwardian Workers Cottage, the Church Hall) with the exception of assistance dogs.  Dogs are allowed outside in Port Sunlight and we have plenty of green spaces for them to explore.  In order to keep Port Sunlight clean and tidy, we ask that owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.


Feedback

If you have recently visited us, we’d love to hear from you.  Please take a moment to complete our visitor survey here.


Gift Aid and Gift Aid Admission FAQ’s

What is Gift Aid?

It’s an HMRC scheme which allows charities to reclaim the basic rate tax you’ve paid as a UK taxpayer – an extra 25p for every £1 of the total paid. It makes a massive difference to charities like us.

Why should I make a donation?

Port Sunlight Museum is part of Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), a registered charity that does not receive any revenue from Government or local authority. PSVT therefore depends heavily upon donations to carry out its work.

Who is eligible for Gift Aid?

Everybody is welcome to make a donation to PSVT and as a charity we rely on support from a wide range of sources. Only UK taxpayers can fill in the Gift Aid declaration which will enable us to make the claim from the Government,

Where does the money go?

PSVT invests over £3 million each year in caring for the village and its community and promoting its history and heritage to the world.

If you have any further questions about Gift Aid when you visit please ask any member of staff who will be happy to help. Alternatively contact us on 0151 644 6466, email info@portsunlightvillage.com or visit the HMRC website.