Best Places to Live on The Wirral

From Jess Soothill

The Wirral is a peninsula in the North West of England. It is bounded to the West by the River Dee, forming a boundary with Wales, to the East by the River Mersey, and to the North by the Irish Sea.
 
The larger settlements in the area include Birkenhead, Wallasey, Bebington and West Kirby.

The area is particularly wealthy in parts and is extremely attractive for its Grammar Schools, easy access to railways & motorways, as well as the beaches and sea views to the North.

1/ West Kirby

 
West Kirby contains a large man-made coastal lake, the 'Marine Lake'. The structure is large enough to hold sailing events, such as the Wilson Trophy, sailboarding and many more water related activities including: canoeing, kayaking, and power-boating. The promenade and beach allow an excellent panoramic view of part of the North Wales coastline.
 
The town has plenty of shops and boutiques, a railway station, swimming baths and sports centre, restaurants, bars, a Grammar School and other amenities. It has great access via the motorway to places such as Liverpool and Manchester.
 
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is a links course sited between West Kirby and Hoylake, and has hosted 11 British Open Golf championships in the past 121 years.
 

2/ Bebington

 
One of the main attractions of The Wirral is the two popular Grammar schools and so the area attracts families. For those within the catchment area, school children can sit the 11+ examination and if they pass they can select to attend one of the two Grammar Schools, both of which boast very high results.
 
Bebington has two parts – higher and lower Bebington and they have a wealth of facilities. Bebington hosts the sports centre & swimming baths – The Oval, which was used to film ‘Chariots of Fire’. It also has a golf course, library, town hall, shops, hairdressers and banks – as well as the pretty common, Mayer Park.
 

3/ Heswall

 
Well known for its restaurants and bars Heswall is a very desirable place for young families and professionals to live on The Wirral. In 2001 Heswall was listed as being the 7th wealthiest neighbourhood in the UK. People flock here from around The Wirral to eat, drink and socialize.
 
It also contains shops, hairdressers, boutiques, banks, schools, play areas and some small supermarkets.
 
Heswall has very easy access to the historic City of Chester and is also commutable for people working in Liverpool and Manchester.
 

4/ Port Sunlight

 
Port Sunlight is one of the prettiest villages in the UK and is famous for its Soap. Port Sunlight was originally purpose built by The Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in its soap factory in 1888 (which is now part of Unilever). The name is derived from Lever Brothers' most popular brand of cleaning agent, Sunlight. Port Sunlight contains many Grade II listed buildings and has been declared a conversation area.
 
The village has a train station, theatre, Lady Lever Art Gallery, a museum, garden centre, bank & shops, gardens and a large (still working) factory.
 

5/ Thornton Hough

 
Thornton Hough is a semi-rural village and has a large Manor House, which is where Lord Leverhulme resided. Many of the occupants of the village once worked for the estate and their houses were also designed and built by Leverhulme.
 
The village has a primary school, parish hall, two churches, a couple of shops & a post office, as well as a traditional Working Men’s Club (which has now changed and more recently been opened up to women too!).
 
The main attraction of the village is its impressive green – with cricket pavilion and areas for playing sports such as tennis.