Prenton Park, home to Tranmere Rovers is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 16,587.
During 1994 and 1995, 3 sides of the ground were redeveloped with 3 entirely new all-seater stands created; the Borough Road Stand (now the John King Stand), the Cowshed and the new Kop.
Only the Main Stand, dating back to 1968, was left intact. This is a two-tiered, covered stand, with some supporting pillars. The Kop Stand, which replaced a former open terrace, dominates the ground. Formerly housing both home and away fans, it is now for the sole use of the home supporters.
At the opposite end, away fans are housed in a relatively new, covered, single-tier stand, known affectionately as the Cowshed. It looks a little strange as one side of it has more rows than the other, giving a sloping effect.
How to get to Prenton Park
The Prenton Park ground is located in Prenton Road West, Birkenhead CH42 9PY.
Drivers arriving from all routes should join the M53 from the M6 / M56. Exit at junction 4 and take the 4th exit at the roundabout onto Mount Road (B5151). The ground is signposted from this roundabout onwards. After about 2½ miles, turn right into Prenton Road West and the ground will be visible on the right hand side. Some visitors have recommended leaving the M53 at junction 3, following the A552 Woodchurch Road towards Birkenhead. Turn right at the traffic lights near the Halfway House pub onto Mount Road (B5151) and take the first left for the ground.
Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, served by Liverpool Lime Street, are the nearest railway stations. However, both are a 20-minute walk from the ground. Several fans have recommended alighting at Hamilton Square station. A “football special” bus runs from outside the station every 15 minutes and is free of charge to rail ticket holders.
Otherwise, from Rock Ferry station, turn right and walk up the road as far as the roundabout. Turn right and follow the road as far as the Sportsman’s Arms pub. Turn left down Everest Road and walk down to the bottom, which comes out opposite the away turnstiles. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon, at a distance of 9 miles. Regular bus services operate from the airport to Liverpool Lime Street station. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Tranmere that can take you to and from Prenton Park. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
There is a large car park at the ground. A local residents’ parking scheme operates in the streets around the ground, so those relying on street parking may face a lengthy walk to and from the stadium. Early arrival is definitely advised.
Away Friendly Pubs near Prenton Park
The Prenton Park Hotel, situated virtually adjacent to the away turnstiles is popular with away fans. Other nearby pubs which have received favourable reports include the Sportsman’s Arms, on Prenton Road East, and the Mersey Clipper, behind the Main Stand, on Prenton Road West. The latter has a large bar area with raised seating and plenty of wide-screen TVs. Excellent food is also available. The locals are reported friendly, engaging in good-natured banter.
The Swan, on Woodchurch Road, welcomes visiting fans, but is a 20-minute walk from the ground. However, it does offer limited parking (about 100 spaces) and tickets are redeemable at the bar. Otherwise alcohol is available in the away end of the ground.
Hotels near Prenton Park
The Express By Holiday Inn, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD has retained many of the original red brick and cast iron features of the 19th century warehouse, while incorporating modern facilities. All rooms feature direct-dial telephones, power showers, tea / coffee making facilities and fully interactive colour TVs showing Sky TV.
Jurys Inn Liverpool, No. 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN is just a short walk from the city centre attractions. Its spacious rooms have high speed Internet access and hotel facilities include restaurant, licensed bar and a coffee bar.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip?
Most away fans have found Prenton Park to be an enjoyable, relaxing day out, with no problems experienced in or around the ground. The majority of visitors have been impressed by the “Cowshed” stand and while some have found it very steep, this is compensated for by excellent facilities and unhindered views of the playing action. The food offered is the usual fare of burgers, hot dogs and pies, though these are of good quality and reasonably priced.
The only notable downside is the apparent lack of atmosphere inside the ground, though this appears to be manly due to small crowds in a large stadium.