The Wirral is an interesting little area of the UK, with lots of wonderful attractions, and hidden gems to discover. Ranging from areas of natural beauty, places to eat and drink tasty cuisine and exciting activities to take part in.
Here are the top ten places you should tick off your Wirral bucket list.
Based on the Wirral peninsula, Ness Botanic Gardens were born from one man’s interest in plants, and his desire to share that with others. That ethos still stands today, the gardens that Arthur Kilpin Bulley curated over 100 years ago still remain. With a diverse variety of plants and planting areas, there are always new things to see at Ness, including vibrant and inviting year-round colour.
The only Michelin starred restaurant in the Wirral, Fraiche is a must visit; and regularly receives praise and snags the top spot in food guides across
the country. The multi-award winning restaurant is run by acclaimed chef Marc Wilkinson, and it is often booked up for months in advance. Better make those birthday reservations!
Truly one of the most breath-taking locations for walking in the Wirral, or for spotting rare or endangered local wildlife. The Hilbre Islands are an archipelago, consisting of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee. Access is dependent on the tides, but the panoramic views are worth the wait – you might even be treated to an appearance by the island’s colony of grey seals.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery
Located in Port Sunlight, the Lady Lever Art Gallery contains outstanding British 18th and 19th century paintings, wedgewood, tapestries, roman sculptures and embroideries. Regarded as one of the finest galleries in Europe, it often houses temporary exhibitions and popular free events, so do check before you visit.
An award-winning restaurant in Heswall that serves tasty, bistro food using the highest quality ingredients possible. With a monthly changing menu, stunning outdoor terrace and a top notch wine list, Burnt Truffle offers great food to share with family and friends in a relaxed and atmospheric setting.
A unique family outing, immerse yourselves in the wonder, beauty and history of this amazing 850 year old site. The oldest standing building
on Merseyside, the Priory offers a rare insight into the town of Birkenhead and its historical and spiritual importance in the development of the Wirral.
Bidston Hill is a 100 acres of heathland and woodland that contains ancient rock carvings and historic buildings. With a peak of 231 feet, Bidston Hill is ~one of the highest points on the Wirral. Perfect for walks all year round, and on clear days you can enjoy the incredible views of the Wirral, the sea looking towards Ireland and Liverpool.
The Cheshire Cheese Gin Garden
Unlike the other open-air drinking spots, this fairy-tale-style nook provides the perfect backdrop for those must-have Instagram posts. Cheshire Gin is made on site in a traditional copper still, and this recipe has proven to be a very tasty lure for those who want to sit back and enjoy the twinkling lights.
Indulge in some self-care with a trip to the Thornton Hall spa. With beautiful grounds tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main road it is a lovely place to come and relax and switch off. The combination of exquisite food and drink, luxurious bedrooms and award winning spa facilities, Thornton Hall is the perfect place to unwind.
Built in 1763, Leasowe Lighthouse is one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets. It was one of the leading lights that guided ships safely into Liverpool, as well
as being a place of work it is also a family home. This beautiful 18th century lighthouse is open for guided tours on the first and third Sundays of every month.