Neston is a small town in South West Wirral, and is surrounded by the smaller residential villages of Ness, Little Neston, Burton, and Puddington. The Market Town Initiative has also given a huge boost to what is an already thriving community. Close by is Parkgate; a popular tourist area on the Wirral and a historical port town that is widely known and popular thanks to its ice cream shops and quality restaurants.
There are a selection of primary schools that can be found in and around the Neston and Little Neston areas. Neston Primary School is on Burton Road and includes afterschool clubs, while St Winefride's Catholic Primary School and Woodfall Primary are also close by.
Neston High School is the closest secondary school in the area, an 11-18 comprehensive with its own sixth form and links to Chester and Wales. Local transport routes in the Neston area open up schools across the rest of Wirral and Cheshire, as well as local sixth forms and colleges a short distance away in Birkenhead.
Located in the centre of Neston is a train station which provides rail links toward Wrexham, and connects with the Wirral Line at Bidston opening up routes to the rest of the peninsula, Liverpool city centre, Birkenhead, Chester, Ellesmere Port and other areas. There are also bus routes that connect to the nearby bus station in local Heswall.
Local road links lead onto the Chester High Road which heads into Chester, while the M56 is also close by leading to Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village, Ellesmere Port, and onto the M53 and M6 motorways.
There are a variety of shops to be found in Neston village including an Aldi, Sainsbury’s and other amenities including opticians, banks, with other smaller shops to discover in Little Neston and surrounding areas. More than 50 market stalls appear for the Neston Friday Market every week on Market Square, selling everything from homemade foods, crafts, and fashions.
Further down the road is Parkgate, a popular tourist attraction on the front with some small shops to explore. Nicholls of Parkgate especially is well known for its ice creams, while clothes shops and general shops can also be discovered on the front.
There are a number of outstanding pubs and restaurants to enjoy in the area, especially in Parkgate which include The Boathouse and No. 1 Mostyn Square; celebrated local eateries producing excellent dishes and seafood specialties, while Mr Chow’s is a large Chinese restaurant popular with families. Takeaways are also available including fish and chip restaurants for people that want to eat on the front.
Pubs in the area include The Ship, The Red Lion, and The Old Quay, while Neston houses The Brown Horse and The Brewers Arms with excellent drink options available. The Royal Oak and The Harp Inn are local to Little Neston.
Parkgate is situated at both the beginning and the end of the Wirral Way; a walking path and cycling route that cuts through the Wirral Peninsula and offers incredible views and sites to discover. Ringway Play Area is popular with families, as are West Vale Park and Woodfall Lane Play Area.
Ness Botanic Gardens are close by which are part of the University of Liverpool. The gardens feature a huge amount of award-winning horticultural displays. Ness Botanic Gardens features 120 meters of herbaceous borders, 49 species of birch, water gardens, and some of the finest collections of plants and flowers in the UK.
Parks Field features a wild flower meadow and two football fields. Neston Cricket Club can also be found between Neston and Parkgate, and has been open since 1881. The prestigious club is also able to provide a number of sporting options and facilities including hockey, racketball, squash, and tennis with a number of courts available.
Zone Fitness gymnasium can be found close to Neston, while Neston Recreation Centre has a range of leisure facilities including a swimming pool, a sports hall, outdoor pitches and courts.