In the late 19th century William Lever led the world’s most successful soap company. Unlike most other entrepreneurs however, he was a businessman who believed in sharing his profits. He was determined that his workers should have a decent place to live and opportunities to better themselves.
Lever employed leading architects and craftsmen to design and build a beautiful new village for his employees - Port Sunlight. Workers in Port Sunlight paid a fair rent for their homes. They had access to education, healthcare and social facilities. When they retired they received a pension. All this was ground-breaking for its time.
This walk explores how the village developed. See over 900 Grade II listed buildings. Find out how the layout was carefully-planned but shaped by the natural landscape. Discover the legacy of Lever’s social experiment.
See how Port Sunlight’s character has been protected and why it remains a very desirable place to live.
2 ½ miles
A mostly flat route in a largely residential area
- Suitable for:
Plenty of sights for all ages, take care when crossing roads
Two shallow sets of steps, alternate directions provided
Must be kept on a lead
- North West England
- Towns & Cities
- People in the landscape Shaping the landscape Built landscapes
- Lever House
- Port Sunlight Village time capsule mosaic
- Getting there:
Nearest station Port Sunlight, via Chester, Birkenhead and Liverpool Lime Street
Served by many local routes across the Wirral and Liverpool
Access via the M53 junction 4 and Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel