Suburban Bidston is a large area of hilly land on the Wirral and has a mixture of high-quality residential housing complemented by more affordable properties for smaller budgets. Bidston features some of the Wirral’s most historical monuments and is a delight to explore. Noctorum is close to Birkenhead with a close community of differing lifestyles and affordable housing, with council housing also nearby.
There are a range of primary schools in the Noctorum area. Hillside Primary and St Peter’s Catholic Primary are close to each other, with Bidston Avenue Primary and Townfield Primary also nearby. Secondary options in the area include Noctorum Girls High School, Ridgeway High, while local transport links open up other schools on the Wirral.
St Anselm’s College is a high-performing Roman Catholic Grammar academy for boys which also has a sixth form. Birkenhead School is also a highly regarded mixed independent and accepts junior pupils, whilst also having a well-performing sixth form.
Bidston train station can be found adjacent to the large Tesco by the roundabout at Fender Lane. Bidston station is part of the Wirral Line and connects to other local stations, as well as offering regular services into Liverpool city centre. Bidston station also connects to the Boarderlands Line toward Wrexham with stops at Upton, Heswall, and Neston.
There are also regular bus routes at Noctorum into Birkenhead bus station with services toward Liverpool and other destinations, while the M53 is a short distance away, connecting to the M56 and M6 motorways.
Bidston Hill is one of the most historical sites to discover on the Wirral. Also one of the highest points on the Wirral, Bidston Hill has lots for explorers and walkers to discover including Bidston Windmill and the impressive must-see Bidston Observatory.
Bidston Lighthouse is also popular, and rock carvings thought to have been carved from approximately 1000AD can be found on the hill. Bidston Court originated on Bidston Hill and was the original site of the Hillbark Hotel before its move to Frankby, while Bidston Tunnels were an old air raid shelter during World War II.
Bidston Hill boasts 100 acres of heathland and woodland. As well as ancient rock carvings to discover, Bidston Hill has lots of secret wooded areas to explore. It also has lots of open grassland (perfect for picnics) and offers incredible sea views. Bidston Hill was originally part of Lord Vyner’s estate before being bought by Birkenhead Corporation in 1894.
Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm can be found in Bidston where people can see a number of farm animals for free, whilst Bidston Moss Nature Reserve is considered an important wildlife site in the area.
Wirral Tennis and Leisure Centre can be found at Valley Road, Birkenhead, and features six indoor tennis courts and two outside tarmac courts. Outdoor pitches for football include grass and 5-a-side astroturf. The centre also includes a fitness suite, sports hall, and i-Zone studios. A wide range of classes and activities are available including badminton, boxercise, martial arts classes, and yoga.
Close to Bidston in Birkenhead is Europa Pools which also features a fitness sweet as well as a 25-metre training and competition pool. Kids can enjoy the pool’s lagoon, flume rides, water cannons, and more.
Close to Bidston roundabout is a large Tesco Extra superstore which includes extensive homeware and clothing departments, plus an optician, pharmacy and cafe. Further along the road is a B&Q, Halfords, and other large retail units while in nearby Upton is a large Sainsbury’s, a Homebase, and an Argos.
Also close to Noctorum is Birkenhead which has a of variety shops in the vicinity. The Pyramids Shopping Centre is home to a number of high street favourites including Marks & Spencer, Next, and Beaverbrooks, while Birkenhead precinct features a Primark, Sports Direct, and others. Birkenhead Market has a lot of independent stalls featuring homemade wares and value items.