On the west of the River Mersey, opposite Liverpool on the other side, sits Birkenhead. Birkenhead is historically known for being in Cheshire, but in fact is now in Merseyside, sitting firmly on the Wirral peninsula.
Birkenhead has a history which speaks of its close connections with Liverpool, and of course the Mersey itself. It was important as the site of the Mersey Ferry as long ago as the 12th century. As a result of the Industrial Revolution it boomed, and welcomed the first trams in the country.
With a history of shipbuilding, it has suffered marked decline, but now the docklands are being rejuvenated.