Bebington and Port Sunlight are some of the most scenic villages on the Wirral, both situated close to the River Mersey on the eastern side of the peninsula. Port Sunlight is a model village and has more than 900 Grade II listed buildings in the area. Port Sunlight has been informally suggested as a World Heritage Site; both areas are affluent with great housing options and unique characteristics.
Two of the Wirral’s most popular schools can be found in the area; Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Wirral Grammar School for Boys which are regularly praised by Ofsted. Bebington High Sports College also offers vocational courses, while St John Plessington Catholic College has also been rated outstanding.
There are also some good junior schools in the area including Church Drive Primary in Port Sunlight, while closer to Bebington are infants schools including Town Lane Infants and Brackenwood Infants. St Andrews C of E Primary School is also close by.
There are a lot of small cafes and restaurants to discover in Port Sunlight. Quaint Tudor Rose Tea Rooms, for instance, is complemented by Ristorante Italia while Leverhulme Hotel and Spa offers high-quality food in 4-star surroundings.
One of the oldest pubs in the Wirral can be found in Bebington; The Rose and Crown which was originally a coaching inn. Local pubs that also offer food in the area include The Three Stags and The Chronicle, while Mediterranean Kitchen on Teehey Lane is a popular eatery. Gorge Us is an award-winning cake shop by Mayer Park.
Port Sunlight is regarded as a model village and has a lot to see and do, with heavy influences from the first Lord Leverhulme. The Lady Lever Art Gallery, for instance, was first opened in 1922 while close by is the Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village.
There is a lot of wonderful 19th Century architecture in the area, with the museum detailing the lives of residents in the 1800s and early 1900s. Located in Bebington is also Claremont Farm, a haven for foodies selling high-quality produce, as well as putting on a range of music festivals and family events.
Two train stations are close to both areas; Bebington and Port Sunlight stations lead to Hooton where the line branches toward either Chester or Ellesmere Port. The route the other way opens up the rest of the Wirral Line, including coastal areas such as Leasowe and West Kirby, and routes into Birkenhead and Liverpool city centre.
There are regular bus services through the area, thanks in part to the schools in the area, while road links are close to the motorway, with Junction 4 connecting drivers to the M53 towards Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.
Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village has been named 'Wirral Attraction of the Year' 2015 and 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' 2014. The village is a stunning historical site with lots to see and explore. Trails are available around the village with a lot of cafes, inns, tea rooms, and more to discover.
Port Sunlight River Park is a Land Trust site and community woodland. Mayer Park in Bebington is close to the village and hosts events such as firework displays and has a playground for children to enjoy. It’s an area popular with families and walkers.
Leverhulme Hotel and Spa is a 4-star hotel in a wonderful 1907 art deco building and a short walk from Bebington train station. The hotel is a great place to visit and offers a host of luxury services and events. Brackenwood Golf Club is also close, and is a private links golf course.
The Oval on Old Chester Road in Bebington is a leisure centre with a number of fitness options available including access to a dry ski slope. Two pools are available including a 25m competition pool and an athletics track. Higher Bebington Recreation Ground also has football pitches available to book.