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24 Best Things To Do In Wirral

At Blueoak Estates, we know that the outside of your home matters just as much as the inside which is why we handpick the locations of each of our luxury property developments. Wirral is a picturesque peninsula in the north of England, situated near to the cities of Liverpool and Chester, as well as the snowy mountains of North Wales.

Our property portfolio boasts several beautiful Wirral developments, including Lingdale, Cavendish Court, where there is one modern and open-plan apartment remaining and The Orchard, where work is well underway to construct eight large four-bedroom detached family homes.

Wirral is an affluent area and the schooling is excellent. Thirty-one schools are considered ‘outstanding’ for education by Ofsted; the highest level achievable. Wirral really is a wonderful place for families. It has something for everyone, whether you are looking for adventure or for serenity.

We’ve put together a list of 24 things for you to do and see in Wirral in no particular order…

1. Watch a show at the Floral Pavillion 

The Floral Pavillion is Wirral’s very own theatre which opened at the heart of beautiful seaside town New Brighton in 1913. International stars like John Bishop, David Walliams and Frankie Howard have performed at this little community theatre which does everything from live music and dance to circus performances and awards galas for affordable prices.

2. Go to Parkgate for ice cream

Nicholls Ice Cream of Parkgate is famous for providing Cheshire’s tastiest ice cream. It is a homegrown treasure which has been serving award-winning ice cream to the locals since the 1930’s. People visit Nicholls Ice Cream come rain or shine and it is tradition to sit on the sandstone wall opposite and look out over the picturesque Dee Estuary, whilst enjoying your scrumptious triple-scoop ice cream. Plus, down the road is the Old Quay where you can enjoy a full carvery for less than £5 from Monday to Saturday …

3. Relax at Nine Leaves Tea Lounge

Nine Leaves opened at the beginning of 2016 but it has quickly become Wirral’s favourite café, specialising in special loose leaf tea concoctions.  Their November tea of the month was the creatively named Harry Pot o’ Tea, with ingredients Mugwort Magic, Ron “Ginger Root” Weasley and Sprig of Thyme Turner. They also offer herbal remedies for those of you with a nasty cold or hanover! Nine Leaves is not just a tea lounge, it is a community hub which runs book clubs, yoga, crafts and live music evenings.

4. Say hello to the animals at Tam O’Shanter Farm

Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm is home to pigs, sheep, ponies, goats, rabbits and more. This lovely little farm sits at the top of Bidston Hill and is run by a charitable trust to help young children learn about farm animals, nature conservation and the environment. Admission is free for adults and children, and even dogs can visit providing they are kept on their leads. Set aside an hour or two and visit this lovely community farm.

5. Have a guilt-free treat at The Yog Bar

The Yog Bar has taken the Wirral by storm since it first opened in 2013. People travel far and wide to come and try their low-fat, all-natural frozen yoghurts. Comedian Peter Kay and US golfer Jordan Speith are known to be fans. Despite our miserable winters, The Yog Bar is buzzing all year round which just goes to show how popular this “ice cream without the calories is”.

6. Climb Thor’s rock

Thor’s Stone has captured the imagination of generations of people. It is a 25 ft. high sandstone rock. Victorian legends told tales of human and animal sacrifices in primitive festivals to worship Thor, the hammer-wielding God of Norse mythology. They believe that the blood of the sacrifices turned the enormous rock red.

Modern theories suggest Thor’s Stone is the result of 230 million years of erosion. Thor’s Stone is at the centre of Thurstaston Common which has beautiful views across Wirral and Wales – a perfect place for a picnic. Visiting the park is entirely free.

7. Go for a wander in Birkenhead Park

Birkenhead Park was first opened back in 1947 and is known as the world’s first public park. In Wirral, it is common knowledge that New York’s infamous Central Park was inspired by Birkenhead Park. In fact, both were designed by Sir Joseph Paxton. You could certainly enjoy a full day out at this beautiful landscaped park where there is a playground for children, a café, cricket club, tennis courts and football pitches.

8. Drink real ale at Wirral Brewery

Wirral has its very own brewery known as the Brimstage Brewery. It opened a decade ago in 2006 to produce “real ales from the heart of the Wirral countryside”. The small team of beer-enthusiasts who run the brewery were inspired by the agricultural history of Wirral as well as the local wildlife which feature as vintage illustrations on the packaging.

9. Ride a vintage tram at the Wirral Transport Museum

The Wirral Transport and Heritage Tramway is a popular attraction in Wirral. It is home to vintage trams, classic cars, model railways and more. For just £2, you can take a ride on a 100-year old tram to Woodside where you can look across the River Mersey and enjoy views of the iconic Liverpool waterfront.

10. Sail to Liverpool on the Mersey Ferry 

After taking the tram to Woodside, hop on another unusual mode of transport; the famous ‘Ferry cross the Mersey’, as sung by Gerry and the Pacemakers in the 1960’s. The Mersey Ferry takes you on a 50-minute whirlwind sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can make a day out of it and catch the ferry over to Liverpool to do some shopping

11. Support Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park

Forget Liverpool, Everton or Chester, Tranmere Rovers Football Club have been representing Wirral from their grounds at Prenton Park for 132 years. Nicknamed ‘Superwhite Army’ by the locals, Tranmere’s most famous managers have been John King, who played for Everton and John Aldridge, who played for Liverpool and Ireland. Prenton Park can seat more than 16,000 people in its four stands and it will cost you much less than a premiership game.

12. Try your hand at watersports

The Wirral Sailing Centre is based at Marine Lake in West Kirby. They offer multiple courses so you can try your hand at adventurous water sports including, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and more. Marine Lake is a fully enclosed, man-made lake which makes it an excellent and safe place to learn, regardless of your age.

Wirral Sailing Centre offers courses for children and adults, as well as ‘Ladies Who Launch’ classes for women who want to learn how to sail and windsurf, and make friends along the way.

13. Take a walk to Hilbre Island

Hilbre Island is one of just 43 islands off the coast of Great Britain which can be reached by foot.  Walking to the island from West Kirby is a popular activity for Wirral people, particularly during the summer months but be careful not to get trapped by the tide. The islands are cut off from the mainland almost four hours out of every twelve. Of course, there’s no Wi-Fi on Hilbre Island either.

14. Bring your dog to Marino Lounge

No dog-owner wants to leave their little pet at home if they can avoid it and Marino Lounge in New Brighton knows this, which is why they let well-behaved hounds into their restaurant. You can enjoy a cosy meal whilst looking out across New Brighton’s Marine Lake and feeding your dog titbits under the table. 

15. Watch a film at The Light

The Light is Wirral’s newest and best cinema. It has extra wide, super comfy seats and state-of-the-art screens but The Light also takes extra steps to make the cinema experience special for everyone. The auditoriums have wheelchair access, they run autism-friendly screenings, they have subtitled screenings for those who are hard of hearing and they offer audio description headsets for visually impaired people. The Light is also half the price of the Odeon.

16. Find your way our of the Brimstage Maize Maze

Are you a fan of puzzles? Then the Brimstage Maize Maze is perfect for you. As the name suggests, it is a maze but there is a twist; there are clues to solve as you find your way to the centre …

The maze is not the only thing to do here though. There is a picnic area, giant sandpit, agility trail, pedal go-karts and an inflatable assault course so it’s the perfect place for families to visit. However there is one catch, it’s only open during the summer months.

17. Spend a day at the seaside

Wirral is a peninsula which means it is almost completely surrounded by water. Just one of Wirral’s four borders is attached to mainland England so there are no shortage of beaches to enjoy. During the summer, West Kirby beach and New Brighton beach are the most popular but if you are looking for somewhere more peaceful to walk a four-legged friend then Heswall Shore or the King’s Gap in Hoylake are ideal.

18. Explore the Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Lady Lever Art Gallery is set within the beautiful village of Port Sunlight. It was opened in 1922 and houses a stunning collection of 19th century painting and sculpture, as well as Chinese and Ancient Greek ceramics and Roman sculpture. Admission is free and the gallery is open all year round.

19. Gobble down some Marigolds chips

Marigolds is arguably the best chip shop in Wirral. It is also one of the Top 50 chip shops in the whole of the UK. There’s nothing better than a plate of mouth-watering fish and chips and Marigolds does it best. It is two minutes away from West Kirby promenade so you can enjoy your food and a great view.

20. Go for a cycle along the Wirral Way

There are few places better than Wirral for cycling, where there are quaint little villages, extraordinary coastlines and beautiful parks and wooded areas. Of course, there are also plenty of independent pubs where cyclists can stop for a thirst-quenching pint. If you are more of a social cyclist there are also plenty of cycling clubs you can join, including Birkenhead Victoria Cycling Club who Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman first trained with.

21. Have an out of this world experience at Spaceport

If you are a lover of all things science, then Spaceport near Seacombe Ferry Terminal is the place for you. On the ground floor is the 360 degree planetarium and cosmic coaster space ride. Upstairs is the new Interactive Zone where you can learn all about the solar system and Milky Way. Tickets are less than £9 for adults and £6 for children.

22. Compete at Championship Adventure Golf

Situated on the New Brighton front is the UK’s best mini golf experience. There are two courses to enjoy and you can complete one or both courses. The Championship Course is inspired by world-famous golf holes, including the 8/10 from the Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, Wirral. The Landmark Course is inspired by Wirral landmarks some of which we have mentioned in this list including Birkenhead Park, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Thor’s Stone. It costs just £10 for an adult to play both courses and you will get a whole afternoon out of it.

23. Enjoy the flora and fauna Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness Gardens were created almost 120 years ago by cotton merchant Arthur Kilpin Bulley. These beautiful gardens encompass 64 acres of land where they have over 600 species of flora and fauna, a rock garden, heather garden and much much more. Plus, the Garden Kitchen café serves spectacular and luxury food

24. View local history at Birkenhead Priory

The Birkenhead Priory and St. Mary’s Tower are the oldest buildings on Merseyside. They were first founded by Benedictine monks back in 1150. Admission to this piece of Wirral history is free and throughout the year special events are held here including Viking reenactments, classical music concerts and open-air performances.

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