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Wirral

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The Wirral is in Merseyside, England. It lies within The Historic County Boundaries of Cheshire.

Cities[edit]

Understand[edit]

The Wirral peninsula is situated across the River Mersey from Liverpool. It is accessed via one of two Mersey tunnels connecting Liverpool with Wallasey and Birkenhead. Wirral is a short drive away from Chester and North Wales to the south and is within one and a half hour's drive from the Lake District to the north. It forms one of the metropolitan boroughs of Merseyside.

Get in[edit]

  • By road use the M53 motorway (via the M56 and the M6). Birkenhead (Queensway) and Wallasey (Kingsway) toll tunnels also connect the Wirral to Liverpool. You can also go on a guided tour through the Mersey foot tunnel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 5PM and Saturday at 10AM.
  • Under and Over the Mersey walk through the Mersey road tunnel takes place when the road tunnel is closed on Sunday 19th July.
  • By train go to Hamilton Square Station (in Birkenhead) on the Wirral Line, via Chester Station or Liverpool Lime Street Station. Lime Street has a great service connecting you to the likes of London & Leeds.
  • By coach (National Express) to Birkenhead.
  • By Plane from John Lennon Airport, Liverpool

Get around[edit]

  • Merseyrail (part of Merseytravel) provide the main train services in the Wirral with a dedicated Wirral Line, trains running every 15 minutes until midnight most days.

There is also the much less used Borderlands Line, where trains run only hourly, via stations Bidston, Upton, Heswall, Neston to North Wales terminating at Wrexham.

  • Merseytravel operate buses across the Wirral. Birkenhead bus station has an information counter.
  • Car rental, Hertz, 119 New Chester Rd, Birkenhead, (20 minutes walk from Green Lane Station) CH41 9BN.
  • Bicycle rental, Liverpool Bicycle Co-operative Limited, Wirral Country Park (Book in advance!).


Perch Rock Lighthouse

Do[edit]

  • Wirral Country Park, south ofWest Kirby
  • The Wirral Way. The Wirral Way, a path on the track of an old railway, 12 miles long and goes from West Kirby to Hooton in mid-Wirral. It is situated within Wirral Country Park.
  • Climb Thurstaston Hill, Thor's Stone, Sandstone outcrop, Thurstaston Common.
  • Sustrans National Cycle Network road/track Route 56 runs through the Wirral and is signposted.
  • Seacombe Ferry all the way to Wallasey Golf Course has a segregated cycle lane.
  • A cycle map of Wirral from any Local Council office. Shows the many Wirral Council cycling routes around the Wirral.
    • North West Wirral route starts and finishes at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, (northwards) via Ashton Park, West Kirby, North Parade and Meols Parade.
    • North East Wirral route starts and finishes at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, via Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey Town Hall and New Brighton Fort Perch Rock.
    • South West Wirral route starts and finishes at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston via Heswall Golf Course and Parkgate.
    • South East Wirral route starts and finishes at Eastham Country Park, via Port Sunlight Village.
  • Windsurfing at Marine Lake, West Kirby.

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Go next[edit]

  • Liverpool One Shopping Centre, 44 St John Street, Liverpool, Liverpool, (10 minutes walk from Lime Street Station or Central Station) L1 8BJ.
  • Met Quarter Designer Shopping Centre, 35 Whitechapel, Liverpool, Merseyside, (5 minutes walk from Lime Street Station) L1 6DA.
  • Albert Dock (including the Beatles Story and the Maritime Museum), Liverpool, (10 minutes walk from James Street station) L70.
  • Chester
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