Ellesmere Port is a large port area on the edge of the Wirral, and has a long-standing industrial heritage. Ellesmere Port covers a number of residential areas including Childer Thornton, Great Sutton, Little Sutton, Whitby, and Eastham. The Manchester Canal joins with Ellesmere Port at Eastham, and there are a lot of large outlets around the area for families to enjoy complemented by independent shops in the local community. Ellesmere Port is also a short distance away from fashionable Chester.
There are approximately 18 schools – primary and secondary – in the Ellesmere Port area for parents to choose from. The Whitby High School and Ellesmere Port Catholic School are well-known, while the University Church of England Academy features a new state-of-the-art building.
There are a number of primary schools across Ellesmere Port including Woodlands Primary, Westminster Community Primary, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary, William Stockton Community Primary, and St Mary of the Angels Primary Catholic School. Local, regular transport links open up other schools in the Cheshire area.
Ellesmere Port train station offers regular services heading onto the Wirral Line, with a change at Hooton able to take passengers toward Chester. The Wirral Line can take passengers into Birkenhead and Liverpool city centre, including across the Wirral Peninsular toward West Kirby.
Bus services are also plentiful and cover the area (with services also leading into Birkenhead), while drivers can join the M53 leading onto the M56 and M6 motorways. Along the M53 is Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, which also includes a retail park and the Blue Planet Aquarium.
Ellesmere Port has a number of shops available in its centre, including the Port Arcades which features brands such as Peacocks, Wilko, Argos, Boots, Home Bargains, and more. Local retailers can also be found at the local indoor market.
Nearby Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet can be accessed by the M53 and features an enormous range of designer and high-street shops including Superdry, Ralph Lauren, Fossil, Barbour, and others. A large Next, The Entertainer, and other specialist retail units are also close by at The Coliseum Leisure Park, while shoppers can take advantage of the number of restaurants available like Ed’s Easy Diner and Pizza Express.
The Coliseum Leisure Park is located close to Ellesmere Port and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. The Coliseum features a lot of entertainment options. Friends can go bowling while there is also a Quasar Laser centre to utilise. A 16-screen Vue Cinema with a games room is also part of The Coliseum.
The Blue Planet Aquarium is also nearby and is home to more than 100 living displays of animal life including Europe’s biggest collection of sharks. Chester Zoo is accessible via on the A41 and has more than 12,000 animals to see over 110 acres.
Ellesmere Port Golf Centre, now known as Hooton Golf Course, is a short distance away from the area. The club is an 18 hole Par 71 and also features gym and squash facilities. Whitby Sports and Social Club is a popular place that hosts a range of activities and groups such as ballroom dancing, photography clubs, bingo, and poker nights.
Epic Leisure Centre (also known as Brio Leisure) has a large range of fitness facilities available alongside six swimming pools and two water slides. A number of sports can be played at the centre including football, athletics, badminton, martial arts classes, and much more besides. The leisure centre is also available to hire for parties and events.
Whitby Park has Green Flag status and is considered the main park in the Ellesmere Park area. There is a pond by Whitby Hall in the park, with fishing allowed, while a bowling green is also close by. Whitby Park is popular with walkers and families, and regularly hosts community events.
Rivacre Valley Country Park is by Overpool train station, and is classed as a local nature reserve. It offers stunning views and plant life and also attracts lots of wildlife, especially around the brook, with kingfishers known to have been sighted. The park is a short distance from Ellesmere Port by bicycle.