Irby has rich history steeped in Viking origins and whilst being one of the smaller villages on the Wirral, it is a bustling community with access to a number of quality schools and local churches. Close to Irby are the affluent areas of Caldy, West Kirby, and Heswall.
Also between Caldy and Heswall is the scenic, rural village of Thurstaston. The area is fantastic for walks and exploration, and is connected to some of the most fascinating areas of the Wirral.
Irby is home to Irby Primary School with Pensby Park Primary also close by. Thurstaston also has a number of primary schools including Dawpool C of E Aided Primary School and Ladymount Catholic Primary School. Nearby Greasby also has a selection of primary and junior schools.
Pensby High School is the closest secondary school to Irby, with bus links giving access to a number of Wirral’s most popular schools including West Kirby and Calday Grange Grammar, Birkenhead School, plus various other sixth forms and colleges.
Thurstaston Common and Royden Park are home to approximately 250 acres of semi-natural woodland and open parkland, and attract scores of families, adventurers, dog walkers, and hikers every year. Thurstaston Common is a designated nature reserve thanks to its heathlands with rare plants and animals.
Royden Park is a fantastic place to explore with incredible views of the Wirral from the top, and lots of family-friendly things to do including regular events such as mini railway journeys and arts and craft fairs. A short drive away is Wirral Country Park with fantastic views of the Dee Estuary and family picnic areas.
There are a number of traditional pubs to choose from in Irby that offer great food - Shippons Pub and Kitchen and The Anchor, for instance, are both close to each other and have a rustic charm complemented by good menus. Further up the road is the Cottage Loaf, another rustic-looking pub with a wonderful beer garden.
Bordering Greasby is The Irby Mill, a wonderful example of a real country pub with a roaring fireplace, great beer garden and a nice selection of drinks and real ales. In Frankby is the Farmers Arms, while in Greasby there are a number of bistros, restaurants and pubs on offer.
There are a lot of churches around Irby and Thurstaston for worship. The present Irby Methodist Church, for instance, was first built in 1934 and is considered an evolution of the old ‘Tin Chapel’ built in 1881. Both Thurstaston and Irby are also served by St Bartholomew with St Chad’s.
St. Bartholomew’s in Thurstaston is built in red sandstone and was first consecrated in 1886. Also available in Irby is Irby Evangelical Church with the Christian church of Oakley Chapel which was first built in 1962. Both are part of the Diocese of Chester, with the two buildings housing five congregations for all manner of Christian worship.
Thurstaston Coast is on the western side of the Wirral Peninsula and offers magnificent views of the Dee Estuary and other parts of the area. The Estuary itself and the beach is popular with both amateur and professional photographers thanks to its scenery and wildlife, while a lot of families like to take picnics there in good weather.
Along the coast is the Wirral Way where walkers can explore local parts of the Wirral such as Heswall, Caldy, and West Kirby. Close to Thurstaston is Church Farm where people can enjoy its animal farm, and take advantage of its local organic produce.
Walkers in Thurstaston often come across Thor’s Stone toward the peak of Royden Park’s hill, a group of sandstone formations that many say were the place of worship for Viking settlers in the early 19th Century. The area is also thought to have been part of a Norse colony.
Irby Hall was built in the 17th Century. It became a Grade II listed building in 1962; Irby Hall was built on the site of the ancient manor house of Chester Abbey and also used to have an old deep moat. The area is said to have been a settlement from Iron Age and Roman times.