The villages of Irby and Pensby sit on the western side of the Wirral peninsula. Irby offers a semi-rural lifestyle with an abundance of fields and open spaces surrounding its village centre. Pensby has a more residential feel about it with great schools and a strong community at its core.
Irby‘ s origins date back to Viking times with the origin of the name Irby meaning “Farmstead of the Irish”. Irby‘ s role on the Wirral was being home to the mill that produced much of the grain to feed the Wirral and a quarry where most of the sandstone was hewed.
On the site of the old mill is a fantastic pub and the old quarry is used for rock climbing training. Both villages have easy access to National Trust land and popular local dog walking areas of Arrowe and Royden Park. Sporting wise Irby’s biggest asset is the local cricket club that enjoys a picturesque setup and a thriving junior section, Pensby’s claim to sporting fame is being the first team that Dixie Dean played for before entering the professional ranks of Tranmere and Everton. Irby Hall is a beautiful 17th Century building on the edge of the village, now a private residence but originally part of the court of St Werburgh’s parish.
A great row of shops on Pensby Road is complimented by cafes and excellent bus and transport links to the rest of the Wirral. Newbies can visit the village’s two community centres, the Hope Centre, adjoining Ridgewood Park on Fishers Lane, and the Kylemore Drive Community Centre, which both host events throughout the week for local residents to enjoy. From flower class to karate and dance, it’s a great way for newbies to meet their fellow neighbours. There is also an adult day centre on Somerset Road.
For families looking to enjoy the great outdoors, both Irby and Pensby are located near the natural beauty of Thurstaston Common and with almost 250 acres of parklands, woods and heathland, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a family walk. The common is jointly owned by The National Trust and the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and offers stunning views across to the Welsh Hills. Thor’s Stone towards the peak of Royden Park’s hill is a group of sandstone formations that many say were the place of worship for Viking settlers in the early 19th Century.
There are a number of churches located within the villages that serve different denominations, including the Church of England, Roman Catholic Church and Evangelical Churches.
In Pensby, St. Michael and All Angels Church is part of the Church of England. The Emmanuel Holiness Church is an independent Evangelical ministry which is on Heswall Mount. The Holy Family Catholic Church is on Pensby Road. In Irby and Thurstaston, with Irby Methodist Church, Irby Evangelical Church, the Oakley Chapel and St Bartholomew with St Chad’s serving the local community.
Both Irby and Pensby have a great collection of schools for parents to choose from, especially for younger children. Pensby is home to two primary schools including a roman catholic school for parents looking for a church school education.
The Ladymount Roman Catholic Primary School, located on Portal Road, is a popular choice in the area, with a core focus on the Catholic faith in all its teachings, offers a great option for parents who want to educate their children within a religious environment. The school has been rated as ‘Good’ in its most recent Ofsted report and the Diocese of Shrewsbury inspection report stated that the outcomes for children at the school were ‘Outstanding’.
Irby Primary School is the local community school, which, having been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, is a very popular choice for parents in the area. The report stated that the Headteacher had established a culture with ‘ambition for every pupil’. The school follows the National Curriculum and delivers the syllabus in an engaging style and fantastic extra-curricular activities.
Neighbouring village Pensby also offers great options for education and is home to Pensby Primary School and Pensby High School.
The primary school was opened in 2008 and combined three local primaries under the one roof, albeit on a very new and modern building built to accommodate the influx in children.
Considered to be a ‘Good’ school by Ofsted, Pensby Primary School is a popular choice for the majority of parents in the area. Providing care and education for children from the ages of three to eleven, the school offers wraparound care, helping parents with the time before and after school.
For children who have learning difficulties, Stanley School provides specialist care and education and is located within Pensby Primary. With a high number of pupils with Down Syndrome and Autism, the school offers an immersive curriculum that uses different teaching methods to mainstream schools, helping to educate the children and focusing on their individual abilities rather than disabilities. Rated as a ‘Good’ school by Ofsted, if parents have children that need that extra care, it is certainly a great option to consider.
Pensby High School offers secondary education for both boys and girls in the area after the collaboration of Pensby High School for Girls and Pensby High School for Boys in 2015. The school follows the National Curriculum and as standard in secondary education, pupils are able to choose their subjects of study for GCSE in Year 10. During its most recent inspection, the school was considered to be a good school by Ofsted and the report stated that the ‘outcomes for pupils are good’.
Bars & Restaurants
The Anchor Inn
The Anchor Inn is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own courtyard and garden, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Irby.
The Anchor Inn is a fabulous village pub, bar, and restaurant that is renowned for serving up a delicious range of top notch food, alongside an eclectic selection of wines and real ales, every day of the week.
Situated in Irby, The Anchor Arms is the ultimate destination for lunch, dinner, or drinks, on the Wirral. Step inside this characterful pub, and you’ll find an opulently furnished restaurant, a chic bar space, and lovely outdoor area that’s ideal for alfresco eating and drinking when the sun is shining.
Due to its location, halfway between Liverpool and Chester, you can find a variety of characters from loyal locals to walk-in customers who visit from further afield. The welcoming atmosphere and unique menu offering has made The Shippons the hub of the local village, with a great variety of Cask ales and wines to accompany the delicious food!
Address - The Shippons,8a Thingwall Road, Wirral, CH61 3UA