Wirral Area Guide
The Perfect Peninsular
Wirral is difficult to beat. There are spectacular seascapes, picture postcard villages and bustling centres loved by the fashion conscious. You can enjoy a lovely rural countryside and be only a few minutes away from the business quarter and docklands of Birkenhead.
Wirral Waters is the first key landmark that is part of a 30 year project that is set to transform Birkenhead’s dockland. The £11m campus will specialise in enterprise and construction and transform 500 acres of Birkenhead Dockland. The venture aims to transform Wirral's docklands into a world-class waterfront project forming part of a revived and vibrant city region.
Wirral's diversity and dedication has not gone unnoticed. Home buyers and tenants, eager to live here, clamour for the opportunity to have a home in places like West Kirby, Thurstaston and Neston. Hoylake, Heswall and Parkgate attract attention too. But it is very difficult to go wrong with any place you may choose.
You can soak up the atmosphere of pretty villages like Thornton Hough and drink in the history at the popular Port Sunlight Village, home to the renowned Lady Lever Art Gallery. Plenty to choose from on the Wirral whether you love high fashion, love picking up the latest designs for your home or you love browsing art work produced by locals.
There is everything from classy wine bars, well regarded restaurants, including two restaurants with a Michelin star, or places that offer more relaxed eating. There are many traditional real ale pubs offering a great selection of craft beers.
What you can get for your money when renting on The Wirral
Joanna Diamond, Local Director states, ‘Due to good business and transport links in and around The Wirral there is a strong private rental sector with rental prices starting from £400pcm, for this you can expect to get a studio or one bedroom property in Birkenhead.
For families looking for a larger space, a 3 bedroom property will cost from £700 pcm or if you look further afield to surrounding suburban areas prices can reach between £1100-£1500 for 4 bedroom+ properties.’
Some of the most sought after properties are the 2 and 3 bedroom houses, with demand outstripping supply, making The Wirral a strong proposal for any property investor.
What you can get for your money when you buy on The Wirral
Deryck Highet, Wirral’s Local Director, says, ‘The area has a variety of different property styles; across the differing areas. The Wirral is made up of many small villages that have grown and developed over the years.
For Investors, first time buyers and small families looking at 2 and 3 bedroom properties you can pay anywhere between £50,000 and £300,000 so there is a price to suit all budgets. Offering a wide choice with traditional terraced properties, modern estates and even the purpose built Port Sunlight village.
On the West Wirral corridor you have areas like Gayton, Heswall, Caldy and West Kirby where you are spoilt for choice in terms of luxurious individual properties that can command in excess of £1m.
An education on The Wirral
The Wirral is an excellent place to bring up a family with the range of schools and colleges available.
From reception, through primary to secondary, sixth form and on to college, the Wirral has produced many high achievers. The Wirral can also still boast a number of grammar schools with the 11+ still popular.
So whether you choose to educate your children in a private, grammar or state school, they all have excellent reputations and come highly recommended.
Getting to and from The Wirral
Many residents of The Wirral commute to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester for work.
The M53 and M56 motorways offer links to the rest of the North West for drivers and there are many train stations around the Wirral that offer connections to the rest of the country. With the rail network now it is possible to be in London within 2.5 hours, courtesy of Mr Branson.
Although the Wirral Peninsula is almost an island you can get to Liverpool quickly and easily through the Queensway and Kingsway Tunnels under the River Mersey.
For travelling even further afield, if a flight is required, John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport take approximately 40 minutes to get to from The Wirral.
Interesting facts about The Wirral
1) The Wirral Peninsular covers an area of 60.35 square miles and is joined to mainland England at the north western tip of the county of Cheshire. The peninsula is actually completely surrounded by water officially making it an island, although it's southern border at Ellesmere Port is actually at the site of the man-made Shropshire Union Canal.
2) Despite its small size the peninsula boasts no less than 1,900 listed buildings, 215 churches, 50 towns and villages, 25 conservation areas, 9 scheduled ancient monument sites, 8 sites of special scientific interest, 10 lighthouses, 5 nature reserves, 4 windmills, 4 historic parks, 2 watermills, one castle and one fort.
3) The peninsula's Leasowe Lighthouse, built in 1763, is the oldest brick built lighthouse in the U.K. The lighthouse was also the first in the country to have a female lighthouse keeper, when Mrs Mary Elisabeth Williams began her service as keeper in 1908.
4) Hilbre Island situated one mile off the Wirral coast at West Kirby covers an area of just 11.6 acres and is the United Kingdom's smallest, inhabited island.
5) Birkenhead's Hamilton Square contains the second largest number of listed buildings in the country after Trafalgar Square in London.
6) The peninsula's oldest pub is reputedly that of the Wheatsheaf Pub in Raby, which dates back to 1611.
7) The Waltons from Wallasey were Britain’s first Sextuplets to survive.
8) The Wirral's only recognised holiday resort, New Brighton, is home to the United Kingdom's longest promenade at 3.5 kilometres.
9) Austin Healey from Wallasey, is a former England rugby union player, who played as a utility back for Leicester Tigers, and has represented the England national rugby union team and the British and Irish Lions.
10) Wirrals most famous faces include Paul Hollywood, celebrity chef, Daniel Craig, actor who went to school in Hoylake and of course Paul O’Grady and his alter ego Lily Savage, to name but a few.