Hidden rooms from a lighthouse to a mysterious house

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Merseyside has a rich history known to many.

But even those familiar with Merseyside’s past won’t know every secret that is hiding in the area.

From a peek inside a lighthouse to a tiny house deep in the tunnels, there are quirky sights to discover in Liverpool and across the region.

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We’ve rounded up some of Merseyside’s hidden rooms to give a glimpse of some lesser-known parts of our area.

Let us know in the comments if you know of other hidden rooms in the area or what you like best.

Littlewoods bunker



The illustrations on the wall of the Littlewoods bunker

Tucked under a Liverpool park, this secret tunnel has caught the attention of photographers and city explorers alike because of the mysterious faces lining the walls.

The tunnel, which is located under the Wavertree Botanic Gardens, is believed to have been built before World War II and later used as an air raid shelter for employees at the famous Littlewood site.

The bunker is known to many in the area for its role in protecting workers at the nearby Littlewood factory during the lightning strike. The bunker has 13 entrances and is 300 m long.

But a secret that remains are the faces on the walls of part of the bunker with initials underneath.

Brighton New Lighthouse



New Brighton Lighthouse at Perch Rock, New Brighton, Wirral and look into the sleeping quarters.  Photo by Colin Lane
New Brighton Lighthouse at Perch Rock, New Brighton, Wirral and look into the sleeping quarters. Photo by Colin Lane

On the corner of the Wirral Peninsula, New Brighton Lighthouse is one of the area’s most popular attractions.

And while we are all familiar with the distinctive white granite structure, many of us have not seen what is hidden within.

The lighthouse was first built in 1827 and was then known as the Perch Rock Lighthouse.

It has not been in use since October 1, 1973, but is still being serviced and

These pictures show what’s inside.

Smithdown Road Station



C and G Exits the site of the former Sefton Park station on Smithdown Road.  Photo by Colin Lane
C and G Exits the site of the former Sefton Park station on Smithdown Road. Photo by Colin Lane

You may have noticed the paint shop by the railway bridge on Smithdown Road, but did you know that it used to be a train station?

The white-painted C&G Finishes building is between the railway line and a sandwich shop next door.

But the humble building was once Sefton Park Station, serving customers en route from Liverpool to Manchester, Crewe and Chester.

Sefton Park Station closed its doors in May 1960, but from the narrow courtyard outside the building can still be seen as a train station thanks to its brick arches.

Today, C&G Finishes specializes in painting metal parts from bicycle frames to radiators and aircraft parts.

Hidden house



the secret house is hidden in the darkness of the train tunnels approaching Lime Street station
The secret house is hidden in the darkness of the train tunnels approaching Lime Street station

Tucked away deep in the tunnels that run between Liverpool Lime Street Station on the way up from Edge Hill is a tiny house.

Many of us may have passed the miniature house on our way to work without realizing it was there.

It was built by track workers during their breaks more than 100 years ago and represents a hidden part of the city’s history.

Although the house is close to one of Liverpool’s busiest commuter lines, it is only accessible when the trains are not running.

Farm under the Baltic triangle



Greens for Good is a Farm Urban project based in a tunnel under UTC Life Sciences in the Baltic Sea Triangle
Greens for Good is a Farm Urban project based in a tunnel under UTC Life Sciences in the Baltic Sea Triangle

Liverpool-based social enterprise Farm Urban has created an underground oasis under the streets of the Baltic Sea Triangle and in a Victorian tunnel.

Using hydroponics, they have created a space for growing leafy vegetables and herbs in any weather.

The farm is located in the basement of the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC School on Parliament Street. The farm was built over several years with the goal of providing sustainable, healthy food for the local community.

Local businesses can have boxes of freshly grown perishable leafy vegetables delivered by bike, and they can also order a bowl of fruit or even an edible wall.

Western Approaches Museum



Inside Western Approaches: communication space
Inside Western Approaches: communication space

Many of us went to work every day (under normal circumstances) through Liverpool’s Exchange flags.

But what some of us don’t know is that beneath our feet lies a precious piece of history – the Western Approaches Museum.

The museum is a place that used to be a command center for the Navy, Air Force, and Marines tracking down enemies during World War II.

Today it offers visitors the chance to gain insight into Liverpool’s role in the war and explore the vast underground bunker.

Sheet of fat road



Leaf tea shop and venue on Bold Street, Liverpool
Leaf tea shop and venue on Bold Street, Liverpool

Although everyone has heard of Leaf on Bold Street, they may not know the story behind it.

Long before the popular café called 65-67 Bold Street home, the beautiful building had a long and eventful history.

In the 1920s, the tea room was formerly known as the “Yamen Café”. There was regular tea dance in the ballroom above.

Today the upper floor of the building, in which the popular dance teas once took place, is used as an event space for live gigs and events.

Flavio’s Italian



Flavio's Italian in Huyton is housed in a former gas station
Flavio’s Italian in Huyton is housed in a former gas station

Flavio’s Italian restaurant can be found on Tarbock Road in Huyton, but don’t be surprised if you miss it the first time.

Housed in a former gas station, the Italian restaurant is strange at first glance.

But once inside, guests are transported away and enjoy a selection of delicious pasta dishes, pizza, and more.

The revolutionary old dock

People walk past this humble window next to Liverpool ONE every day, but how many of us have noticed?

Under the glass lookout you will find Liverpool’s Old Dock and the creek from which the city takes its name.

The Old Dock was the world’s first commercial wet dock, while the creek on which the dock was built is a rare natural inlet that comes from the River Mersey.

These hidden gems have been kept under the Liverpool ONE and the Merseyside Maritime Museum displays them on their free tours.

The revolutionary Old Dock was discovered during excavations in 2001 after being buried since 1826.

Developers Grosvenor secured the dock and made part of it publicly available as an important reminder of Liverpool’s history.


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