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Based on the Western border of the beautiful Wirral Peninsula, West Kirby is to the Wirral as Newquay is to Cornwall, with its stunning beaches and views across the waters.

The small town has a deep-rooted history with a key Victorian influence, especially on the roads that surround the Marine Lake, which have an unquestionable feeling of Britishness to them. It is with its years of history that gives West Kirby an air of stability, longevity and affluence, appealing to those who are looking to settle down and raise children.

With the cities of Chester and Liverpool each within an hour’s drive away, the area attracts those who want a short commute to work but want to live far away from the hustle and bustle that emits from the cities. The new bars and restaurants that have opened over the past few years have given West Kirby a cosmopolitan feel, albeit within the sanctuary of a bijou town. 

Five Quick Facts

1 It is said that the name West Kirby is of Viking origin with the word ‘Kirby’ deriving from the Viking ‘Kirkjubyr’ which means ‘village with a church’. 2 West Kirby is at the start of the famous Wirral Way, a coastal public foot and cycle path that stretches to Hooton. As a disused railway, it’s the perfect place to safely cycle down to Hooton. 3 During 1991, Dave White set a new World Windsurfing Speed Record when he windsurfed on the marine lake at 42.16 knots.  4 James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, attended the Hilbre High School and attended Calday Grange Grammar School Sixth Form. 5 A DNA survey of males in the Wirral showed hat 50% of those tested where of Scandinavian origin, proof that Vikings settled in the area all those years ago.

Lifestyle & Activities

West Kirby offers all the beauty and pursuits that come with island life, or peninsula life, to be more exact. Its beautiful beaches and spectacular views make for a great outdoors lifestyle, in which residents can enjoy a variety of activities, if the weather permits, of course.

Featuring stunning views of the Welsh Hills, West Kirby’s Marine Lake is a popular place for local residents to walk along the lake’s walkway, appearing to almost float on the water. The lake is also home to the Wirral Sailing Club, which offers exciting courses such as windsurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. 

The archipelago of Hilbre Islands is an exciting place to go for a walk with family. Although it is only accessible on foot for eight hours of the day, so ensure that you plan your walk carefully, or you could be stranded for a few hours! With around a two-mile distance between the mainland the Hilbre islands, it is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 
 

Schools

West Kirby has a great range of schools that provide an excellent standard of education.
In its most recent Ofsted inspection, St. Bridget’s Church of England Primary School was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in every area of assessment. Known for being a good school in the area, places are highly sought-after and is a popular feeder schools for secondary schools in the area.

If you are looking for private educational institutions, Avalon Primary School is a great place to send younger children to provide them with an exceptional level of education from a young age. It also encourages children to sit heir 11+ exams, with an impressive pass rate allowing their alumni to attend the best grammar schools in the area.

For older girls who are academically gifted, the West Kirby Grammar School is one of the more favoured options for education in the area, achieving GCSE grades within the top 20% nationally. The school teaches a trio of languages to students during first year, before they choose two options to carry on during the following years. In its last Ofsted inspection, the school was rated ‘outstanding’ in all aspects that they assess.

Having been a core part of the Wirral education system for over 400 years, Calday Grange Grammar School has earned its place as the top school in Wirral. The school offers a broad curriculum that teaches subjects in area such as Business and Logic, Sciences, Communication and the Wider World.  It is with this comprehensive curriculum that means 98.2% of students achieve five or more A* - C grades at GCSE.

Bars & Restaurants

The Wro Bar & Loft

The Wro Bar & Loft sits chicly on the corner of Moels Drive and Riversdale Road, with its outdoor terrace charming all those who pass by. Having been a regular on the Wirral restaurant scene for over ten years, The Wro has earned a string of awards including Wirral Bar of the Year for seven years running. Guests can choose from small plates including Honeyed Salt & Pepper Ribs, Crayfish & Avocado Lettuce Cups and Butternut Squash Halloumi & Spinach Spring Rolls, perfect for sharing with friends. Bigger plates (which are not for sharing!) include Cajun Chicken Burger, Vegan Burger and Fajitas. 

Address - The Wro, Northwest House, Grange Rd, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 4DY

Telephone - 0151 625 2010

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Wolf & Lamb

Based on the bustling Banks Road and close to the stunning setting of Marine Lake, Wolf + Lamb is certainly at the centre of the thriving social scene in West Kirby.
 
A small but adventurous seasonal menu awaits diners, inspired by the best exports from nature itself, in all its variable and aromatic glory. The food here is exquisitely beautiful, not only in its taste but presentation, making dining at Wolf + Lamb feel more akin to eating in a swanky London restaurant, the perfect option for celebratory meals and special date nights.
 
With a minimalist décor that appeals to the affluent taste of the area, guests can relax in stylish surroundings as they enjoy the dishes and accompanying wine menu.

Address - Wolf + Lamb, 119-121 Banks Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 0RB

Telephone - 0151 625 3409

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​ The Tapas Kitchen

It may be far away from the beautiful Spanish coast, but The Tapas Kitchen offers a real taste of the Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of West Kirby.

Serving tapas, guests have the perfect excuse to enjoy a variety of dishes from their traditional menu that includes meat, seafood and vegetarian options. From Salt & Pepper Deep Fried Calamari dusted with Sumac Berry Powder, Chicken Fillet Rebozado with Nutty Romesco Dipping Sauce and Crisp Aubergine Fritters with Fiery Quince Jam, there are dishes to suit everyone, making it a great place to meet with friends.

For those who are opting for a "liquid lunch", The Tapas Kitchen offers a wonderful array of local gins and Spanish drinks, for a real taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle. 

Address - The Tapas Kitchen, 95 Banks Rd, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 0RB

Telephone - 0151 625 8111

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Aubergine Café

As West Kirby's longest-established cafe, The Aubergine Café is a refreshingly simple place to dine, where the majority of the ingredients used in the kitchen are sourced within a 5-mile radius of the café itself. The menu includes a popular all-day breakfast and brunch, including the Classic Full English and even a more modern way of beginning the day with Fluffy Pancakes. There is also a range of delicious sandwiches, salads and wraps to choose from. The small interior makes it a great place where guests can catch up with friends. 

Address - Aubergine Cafe, Blenheim Building, The Crescent, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DA

Telephone - 0151 625 2662

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The Viking Pub & Bakehouse

Inspired by the Scandinavian influence the Vikings bestowed upon the Wirral hundreds of years ago, The Viking Pub & Bakehouse offers a warm and distinctly Scandi welcome to guests looking for that traditional pub lunch. The menu is exactly what you would expect and want from a local pub with Beed and Ale Pie, Full English Breakfasts and Sunday Roasts. However, with the owner being celebrity chef, Simon Rimmer, the menu offers some exciting additions that appeal to the affluent West Kirby palate.

Address - The Viking, Black Horse Hill, Birkenhead, West Kirby, CH48 6DS

Telephone - 0151 601 1888

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