Best places to live in the Wirral

Published May 6, 2020 – 4 mins read

The Wirral is a peninsula, also known as The Paradise Peninsula and is the location of several wonderful places to live and many beautiful homes; it has previously been named one of the happiest places to live in the UK. It is located in North West England and is about 15 miles long and 7 miles wide, the River Dee lies to the west, the River Mersey to the East and the Irish Sea to the north.

For the natural beauty of the area, the immediate access to the seaside, the excellent transport and many other reasons, buyers are drawn to the area. The following hopes to highlight some of the best places to live in the Wirral.

Reasons to live on the Wirral

From the promenade at Hoylake to the red rocks at Thurstaston; Wirral is a very beautiful place. Residents are spoilt with beaches and can readily reach the seaside, the area also has many parks and green spaces.  

If you’re into sporting activities the Wirral is ideal, known as the leisure peninsula, from walking or cycling along the promenade to the dry ski slope in Bebington; there’s something for everyone. There’s also a variety of courses for keen golfers most famously Royal Liverpool at Hoylake.

Those who live in the Wirral benefit from its proximity to Liverpool and access to the nearby city’s shops and restaurants. There are a number of excellent schools within and around the Wirral, both state and private.

West Kirby

When buyers list their ideal features for the town they’d like to live in, most would say a good array of amenities. West Kirby has independent shops, restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, a library, churches, a leisure centre, garage and supermarket, doctors, dentists, post office. On top of all these excellent amenities, West Kirby has a superb beach, excellent schooling, sports facilities and a train service into Liverpool.

The area is well suited to those who enjoy an active lifestyle; running, horse riding, walking and cycling is popular on the Wirral Way, or sailing and windsurfing on the Marine Lake, kite surfing on the tide. Football, cricket, rugby, tennis and golf clubs all nearby.


At the other end of Meols Drive from West Kirby is the seaside town of Hoylake, home of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. There is a large beach at Hoylake which has hosted the European Sand Yachting Championships. The rugby and tennis clubs are thriving and cyclists can follow the coast all the way to New Brighton.

Property for sale Hoylake

There’s redevelopment ongoing around the station where regular trains run to Liverpool. This redevelopment will offer high-quality retail, office, residential and leisure spaces and a new cinema which will be run by operator Light Cinema, who already have a multi-screen cinema in New Brighton. 

Like its neighbour West Kirby, Hoylake boasts a range of independent restaurants, pubs and shops, schools and churches.


A few years ago Mostyn House School was purchased by the developer PJ Livesey who created a new community of apartments and houses and this has enabled the already thriving village of Parkgate to remain a focal point of the Wirral.

The views across the marshes to North Wales are spectacular and the sunshine brings visitors to sample the delights of Nicholls Ice Cream Parlour as well as the pubs, cafes and restaurants.

At the far end of the village stands the Neston Club which provides sporting facilities for all ages – cricket, hockey, tennis on both hard and grass courts, squash and racketball. Sociability is the lifeblood of the club which culminates each year at the Marquee Week with a sporting lunch for 600, a ball and the Parkgate Proms.


Willaston is situated towards the south of the Wirral and ideally placed to travel to either Liverpool or Chester by road or rail and that brings the private schools including Birkenhead School, Abbey Gate College and Kings & Queens in Chester into easy reach.

The village has a population of approximately 2,500, a thriving primary school, 2 pubs, a few shops, surgery, churches, a football club for both adults and juniors, and a number of charity and support network organisations.

Willaston is a popular place to live in the Wirral, around 10 miles from both Chester and Liverpool and also within daily commuting distance of Manchester.


Irby is a slightly bigger village than Willaston with a larger population and more centrally located on the Wirral. Superbly positioned for the Wirral’s secondary schools such as Pensby High, Calday Grange and West Kirby Grammar as well as having Irby Primary School in the village.

Sports and relaxation are well served with cricket, football and Taekwon-Do clubs, great walks on Thurstaston Common and several good pubs and eateries all close by.

Like all popular villages, Irby has plenty to offer their residents – a choice of churches, shops, a surgery, scout group, library and regular buses around the Wirral. It also has a proud boast that The Beatles played at the village hall on 7th September 1962 – there aren’t many villages can claim that.

Property on the Wirral

There are a great deal of reasons why the Wirral is such an appealing place to live overall and singling out locations and declaring them to be the best places to live in the Wirral has been no easy feat as there are so many to be considered – this list is not exhaustive.

The Wirral is known for its community spirit and the sense of belonging residents feel along with the tangible features of the area.

As seasoned property finders, our team are able to navigate the local area and assist buyers in the sourcing and acquisition of their ideal home in the Wirral.

If you’d like to talk to us regarding your property requirements and our services please do not hesitate to contact us, without obligation.