Toward the centre of the Wirral are Thingwall and Pensby, with both villages part of the Pensby and Thingwall Ward. Thingwall has a lot of traditional buildings in the area to complement newer developments, as does Pensby. Both areas are part of close rural communities with good local education options and links to other parts of the Wirral, especially the peninsula’s most popular parks.
Thingwall and Pensby are both surrounded by primary and secondary schools, while regular bus routes in the area open up a range of primary schools in nearby Greasby and Heswall. There are also local secondary options including grammar and high schools in West Kirby and further afield.
Irby Primary and Ladymount Catholic Primary School are close, as is Pensby Primary. Stanley Special School shares space with Pensby Primary in a newly developed £12 million building. Pensby Park Primary is also a good junior school. Pensby High Schools (single-sex schools for girls and boys) are the nearest secondary schools and also have their own sixth forms.
There are a handful of traditional-style pubs and restaurants by both Pensby and Thingwall, including The Anchor, Shippons, Harvest Mouse, Basset Hound, and others. The Cherry Orchard, a Toby Carvery restaurant, can be found in Arrowe Park. There are also takeaways near to Thingwall and Pensby as well as an Indian restaurant; the popular Ambuja.
A short journey from both areas is Heswall, which features a number of popular wine bars, high-quality restaurants, bistros, family eateries, and much more for residents to enjoy. Local transport links and regular services also open up other areas such as Greasby village and Frankby.
Pensby and Thingwall have a lot of local amenities including a Boots Pharmacy and a Tesco Express in Pensby. Pensby also has independents such as bridal hire shops and florists. There’s also a local Co-operative, while smaller shops make up the rest of the area such as wetroom specialists, newsagents, butchers, and more.
Close by is Church Farm; an organic farm shop which features local cuts of meat, homemade ice creams, jams and other fresh produce. Local town Heswall also has a fine blend of high street names and independents, as well as four supermarkets to choose from.
A traditional village, Thingwall used to be the site of a large mill which was pulled down in 1900 after failing to recover from storm damage in 1897. Though gone, there are still a lot of historical remnants to find in the area, including the original mill stone from Thingwall Mill located on Mill Road.
Thingwall Hall was also a historical landmark in the area, with housing now found in the area. It was built for Captain Lilley, a Liverpool merchant at the time. It was finally used by Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital as convalescence before demolition in 1960.
There are a number of churches available to residents of both Pensby and Thingwall. Emmanuel Church Pensby is an independent place of worship, while St Michael & All Angels is an evangelical church in the area.
St Bartholomew with St Chad’s Church are twinned and can be found in Thurstaston and Irby respectively. Close by is Christ Church Barnston, while Heswall United Reformed Church has won a child-friendly award and is also able to register civil partnerships. There are a handful of churches in Irby including Irby Evangelical, Irby Methodist, and The Church of Saint John the Divine in Frankby.
Next to Fishers Lane are Pensby Wood and Ridgewood Park. Ridgewood Park features a football pitch while Pensby Wood is popular with walkers with lots to explore. Located on Pensby Road is Pensby Recreation Centre and Bowling Club. Thingwall includes Barnston Riding Centre, Thingwall Tennis Club, and walks around the grounds of Thingwall Hall.
A short distance north of Pensby is Arrowe Park, a 250 acre park with sprawling green fields, football pitches, a golf course and more. In Frankby is Roydon Park and Wirral County Park, large open rural areas of the Wirral to explore and enjoy. The Wirral Way connects walkers and cyclists with the majority of the Wirral.