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Ten reasons to visit West Kirby this Summer

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Ten reasons to visit West Kirby this Summer
West Kirby

Summer is here and it’s the half term holidays for many, so you might be planning a day out in and around the city region.

Here is our look at West Kirby, where you can wander the shops, mess about on the water, and even take a walk to a wildlife rich island.

History

West Kirby has enjoyed a long and fascinating history, with its name kirkjuby, or ‘church settlement’, dating from the early 10th century when the village formed part of the important Viking enclave of North Wirral. 

In the Bronze Age, Black Horse Hill is thought to have been used as a vantage point for spotting potential invaders.

As taking the sea air and enjoying the seaside water became more popular in the Victorian era, the reputation of West Kirby began to grow and when the railway reached the town in 1878, more visitors began to enjoy its charms.

In 1897 work started on a promenade, the marine lake opened two years later, Ashton Park followed in 1901 and the town’s popularity as a visitor destination for families from Liverpool and further afield was cemented.


Views

West Kirby view
West Kirby view

With its unique position on the Wirral peninsula, you can enjoy breath taking views across the River Dee to north Wales. On a clear day you can spot the Great Orme in Llandudno and even Anglesey.


Walk

Hilbre Island
Hilbre Island

When the tide allows, take a walk over to Hilbre Island. It should take you around an hour to make the walk. Dogs are allowed but please keep them on a lead.

If you’re lucky once you get there, you might even spot the island’s grey seals, with the best chance to do so from the far side of the island.

Find out more about the walk and the importance of checking the tide here


A good pub

Credit: West Kirby Tap
Credit: West Kirby Tap

The West Kirby Tap has been serving real ales, craft beer, local gin and much more for a decade.

This dog friendly neighbourhood joint also serves great pizza and other nibbles. There are also regular live music events.

You can find The West Kirby Tap in Grange Road.

Find out more here.


Fresh fish

Credit: Seafood Shack
Credit: Seafood Shack

When you’re on the coast there is nothing better than buying some fresh fish.

Seafood Shack is a deli where you can choose from a large range of seasonal fish delivered fresh daily.

Native, specialty and exotic seafood are all on offer in Dee Lane.

Breakfast and lunch is served on the terrace Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 3pm, Sunday 10am – 2pm.

Seafood Shack was recently the star of TV when it was visited by the Hairy Bikers for what turned out to be their final tour of the UK. Filming took place last September months before the very sad death of Dave Myers.

Find out more about what the deli has to offer here.


Live Music

Credit: The White Lion Inn
Credit: The White Lion Inn

The White Lion Inn free house is an award-winning traditional sandstone pub located in the heart of West Kirby, dating back as far as the 1800s. 

While it has a great reputation for drinks, a beer garden, and delicious food from Bamboo Thai, it also has regular live music nights at the weekend and events accompanied by music from a DJ.

You can also have fun at the Monday night quiz and enjoy the regular curry and beer nights.

Find out more about upcoming live music nights on their Facebook.


Fun on the water

Credit: Wirral Watersports Centre
Credit: Wirral Watersports Centre

The Wirral Watersports Centre is based at West Kirby Marine Lake.

Whether you’re an experienced wind surfer, or a complete novice, there’s something for everyone.

The lake is 52 acres and mainly non-tidal so a safe environment for learners.

There are taster sessions available in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and power boating.

Visit their Facebook for more information.


Coffee and a cake

Credit: Hannah's
Credit: Hannah’s

Hannah’s in Acacia Grove is a licensed café that serves good food all day, but locals rave particularly about the coffee and cake.

You can enjoy jammy dodger cookies, school cake, victoria sponge, and much more, with vegan and gluten free options also available.

Find out more on their Facebook.


Tea and breakfast

Credit: LEAF West Kirby
Credit: LEAF West Kirby

With more than 70 types of tea to select from and a mouth watering breakfast menu, LEAF is the perfect place to recharge after an early walk in West Kirby.

There is everything from the traditional big breakfast to American pancakes, Turkish eggs and much more to enjoy.

You’ll find LEAF West Kirby at 19 Black Horse Hill, open Tuesday – Sunday. See the menu and book here.


Spot some TV locations

The Gathering. Credit: Channel 4
The Gathering. Credit: Channel 4

TV series The Gathering was shot in West Kirby and Hoylake last year.

Currently being screened on Channel 4, the plot sees students attacked at an illegal rave on Hilbre Island. Scenes were also recorded in West Kirby’s Coronation Gardens and Hilbre High School.


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