5 places in the Wirral that you should visit
PUBLISHED: 15:57 12 June 2015 | UPDATED: 22:37 23 October 2015
Whether you want to enjoy the coast and countryside, or indulge yourself with some retail therapy or fine dining, the Wirral peninsula has something for everyone
Where it is: The village stands beside the A41 near Bebington. Typing CH62 5EQ into your sat nav should take you there. By rail there are regular services from Chester and Liverpool.
Where to park: Free car parking is available around the Lady Lever Gallery.
What to do: This is a village built by paternalistic factory owner William Lever to house workers in his factory in the late 19th century. The museum gives a detailed history of the village and Lever’s business and political careers. There are 900 Grade Two listed buildings, pleasant parkland, some lovely walks to be had and the always impressive Lady Lever Gallery which is set to be the subject of a £2.8million renovation scheme. Work is expected to start next year on the project which will open new rooms and add an interactive area for children.
Where it is: Thurstaston is on the A540 roughly halfway between West Kirby and Heswall where you’ll find the nearest railway stations. If you’re driving, type CH61 0HJ into your sat nav.
Where to park: There is a free car park just off the A540, just past the Cottage Loaf Pub There is also free parking at Royden Park.
What to do: Explore Royden Park and Thurstaston Common which make up about 250 acres of woodland, heathland and parkland and is known for its butterflies. Enjoy the views from the summit of Thurstaston Hill where you’ll find Thor’s Stone. Visit the Wirral Country Park and set off on the Wirral Way which passes the villages on the line of the old railway which closed in 1954.
Where it is: The town is close to the A540 in the west of Wirral. If you’re following a sat nav, the postcode CH64 6QE should take you there. There are regular trains from Liverpool and Chester.
Where to park: There are free car parks around Neston and some on-street parking is available too.
What to do: Neston is an historic market town and if you visit on a Friday you’ll find stalls in the new market square. There are scores of great walking and cycling routes and it is a popular spot for birdwatchers. The village fair is usually held in July and adds to the thousands of pounds it has raised in previous years for local good causes. Ness Botanic Gardens are just a little way down the road, with impressive collections of rare and important plants and a varied programme of activities, events, courses, workshops, tours and exhibitions.
Where it is: The village stands close to the centre of the Wirral peninsula, if you have a sat nav CH63 1JJ should lead you to the village.
Where to park: There is a car park at the village hall and on-street parking is available.
What to do: Sit beside the village green and watch the cricket as you soak up a little traditional English village life and marvel that the bustling city centres of Liverpool and Chester are just a few miles away. The village was greatly expanded by William Lever (he of Port Sunlight) and the village, along with neighbours Brimstage and Raby forms an area of special landscape value with more than 20 listed buildings. Lever’s former home, Thornton Manor, is now a popular hotel and wedding venue.
Where it is: Heswall is served by a railway station with regular trains to Chester and Liverpool. If you’re driving, type CH60 0HA into your sat nav.
Where to park: The pay and display car park on Pye Road is close to shops and restaurants
What to do: Heswall is surrounded by large expanses of splendid open country providing walks that enjoy spectacular views including Heswall Dales. There are also the Beacons, also overlooking the Dee, Poll Hill, highest point on the Wirral, Whitfield Common, The Puddydale and the Wirral Way which follows the route of the old West Kirby to Hooton railway line which can be enjoyed on foot, by bike or on horseback.