Discover Wirral’s star quality for the perfect short break

Hilbre Islands, The Wirral. Courtesy of Visit Wirral
Hilbre Islands, The Wirral

Enjoy 50 miles of beautiful walks, 22 miles of breathtaking coastline, award-winning attractions and accommodation… even a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Hilbre Islands, The Wirral. Courtesy of Visit Wirral
Hilbre Islands, The Wirral


Visit Wirral

Wirral Peninsula is a timeless oasis with a Viking past, ideally situated between the two cities of Chester and Liverpool. Enjoy stunning views over the Welsh Hills and the River Dee on one side, and the spectacular Liverpool skyline and the River Mersey on the other. Encounter breathtaking coastline, lush countryside, a delicious range of eateries and welcoming places to stay. Well connected to the rest of the country, it is a great base for an action-packed break or a leisurely long weekend. Uncover Wirral’s beauty and charm for all you could wish; coast, countryside and city all in close proximity.

Dell Bridge, Wirral
Dell Bridge, Port Sunlight, Wirral

Culture Vulture

Wake up at the delightful, five-Star Gold, Mere Brook House, named ‘Wirral Accommodation of the Year’ two years on the run, mentioned in the Michelin Guide, and also a Wirral Taste Award winner. This Edwardian guesthouse in Thornton Hough, offers a warm welcome in luxurious surroundings. Then begin the day at Port Sunlight to receive absorbing insight into a 19th-century model village. Marvel at award-winning gardens, the art gallery, and uniquely designed houses. Just across the village unwind at the Leverhulme Hotel, an Art Deco boutique resting place with its two AA Rosette restaurant named in the Michelin Guide. Step back in time at the museum before visiting nearby Claremont Farm, which hosts several food and drink events throughout the year.

Try one of the cooking courses here or visit the superb farm shop. Later ferry across the Mersey with Europe’s highly celebrated and oldest ferry service, departing from Seacombe and Woodside.

Caffe Cream, The Wirral. Photo courtesy of Visit Wirral
Caffe Cream

A Taste of Wirral

Discover historic Birkenhead Park; the inspiration for New York’s Central Park, before journeying to Oxton Village, home to ‘Wirral Event of the Year’ Secret Gardens of Oxton each May, and to many gastro delights. Fraiche; one such delight, is an established Michelin-starred restaurant, named as one of the top 10 UK restaurants in the Which Good Food Guide. Heading to the eastern side of Wirral Peninsula, explore North Wirral Coastal Park, with Britain’s oldest brick lighthouse, Leasowe Lighthouse, and the revamped seaside town of New Brighton. The promenade is home to the Floral Pavilion Theatre, as well as the Light Cinema, Championship Adventure Golf, water sports, and places to eat and stay. Award-winning Caffe Cream is a must: choose from one of the many unique ice cream flavours, and enjoy views of New Brighton Lighthouse with Liverpool as its backdrop.

Leverhulme Hotel, Port Sunlight. Credit:
Leverhulme Hotel, Port Sunlight. Credit:

Welcoming Stays

The stunning Grade II listed Hillbark Hotel & Spa is an idyllic place to stay and Merseyside’s first five-star hotel. Set in beautiful parkland, you can indulge here in 3 AA Rosette fine dining and be pampered in the sumptuous spa. Revitalised, explore Royden Park and ride the model railway – ideal for kids. In nearby West Kirby, enjoy some retail therapy at the boutique shops before strolling along the promenade or beach, and take in amazing views of Wales and Wirral’s treasured Hilbre Islands. Walk or take a boat to the islands and see a variety of wildlife, followed by more adventure with the water sports at Marine Lake. Emerge shaken not stirred at The Wro Bar, Lounge & Loft, named ‘Best Bar in Merseyside’ two years running and ‘Wirral Team of the Year’, before taking a short hop to Hoylake – the childhood home of James Bond actor, Daniel Craig. Here you can choose from quality eating places and you’ll also find the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, which very recently played host to the British Open Championship. Wirral is a golfer’s paradise, with 14 spectacular courses and the Wirral Golf Classic – an amateur golf tournament that takes place every September.

Marine Lake, West Kirby. Photo courtesy of Visit Wirral
Marine Lake, West Kirby

Coast & Countryside

Visit Ness Botanic Gardens, to discover an inspiring educational environment and outstanding collections of plants and flowers, along with a visitor centre, nature trails and a café. Later explore Wirral Country Park in Thurstaston; the first country park in Britain. It is home to the Wirral Way, a 12-mile former railway line tracing the Dee Estuary coast and offering an environmental oasis for walkers, cyclists and horse enthusiasts, as well as breathtaking views from the dramatic cliffs, across the estuary. Finally relax at award-winning Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in the quaint village of Thornton Hough. For a perfect end to your visit, treat yourself to a 3 AA Rosette fine dining experience in its Lawns Restaurant with panoramic views of the beautiful grounds or afternoon tea out on The Lawns.

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