West Kirby lies on the western coast of the Wirral with visitors from all over the North West coming to experience its award-winning beaches. Further along the coast is Caldy, an affluent area offering some of the best views on the Wirral.
Newton is smaller but has a real sense of community which centres around the Village Hall. A popular area with all types of housing, regular buses into Liverpool in the catchment are for Black Horse Hill Primary school, Hilbre High and both Grammar Schools.
West Kirby has a great range of primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth form colleges which are held in high regard. West Kirby’s primary schools include St Bridget’s C of E Primary School, Avalon Primary School, Black Horse Hill Junior School, and West Kirby Primary School and Nursery.
West Kirby Grammar School and Calday Grange Grammar school are both excellent schools with sixth form options for further learning. Hilbre High School Humanities College is an 11-18 academy with specialist status. Excellent local transport links open up a large variety of other options for out of area schooling.
West Kirby train station is both the beginning and the end of the Wirral Line, providing rail links to neighbouring areas throughout the peninsula and Liverpool city centre, as well as connecting services to Chester, Ellesmere Port and New Brighton.
Next to West Kirby station is a taxi office and bus stops with routes to and from Liverpool arriving and departing every 10 minutes. Services also head in the other direction past Hoylake, Meols, and beyond, while more local buses make it easy to get to surrounding areas like Newton and Caldy.
West Kirby has a variety of popular wine bars, pubs, independent restaurants, delicatessens, butchers, takeaways and more to complement its popular surroundings and bustling village environment. Restaurants and wine bars, like the award-winning Wro and Hickory's Smokehouse are popular, while The Tap and The White Lion are good options for a real ale.
Small cafes such as Hannah's, Slinkys, Tanskeys and Aubergine are also well-liked. There are two supermarkets in the area to take advantage of; a large Aldi and a Morrisons in the town centre plus a Co-operative in Newton Village.
West Kirby and Caldy beaches merge into one and are ideal for taking a relaxing stroll with the family or to walk the dog. West Kirby beach also runs parallel with some of the courses at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, while ice cream and fresh doughnut stands can be found on the promenade.
From West Kirby beach you can walk to the nature reserve on Hilbre Island when the tide is out, while Caldy Beach is linked to Wirral County Park via the ‘Wirral Way’. Close by is Caldy Hill, a National Trust wood, with sprawling Thurstaston Hill also part of the local landscape.
In the centre of West Kirby, next to the train station, is the Concourse. The Concourse houses Marine Lake Medical Practice, the local general practice, and a number of leisure options to help stay fit. Facilities include squash courts, football courts, a large gymnasium, swimming pool, martial arts and various dance and fitness classes.
There is also a swimming pool available in Caldy, while there are large outdoor spaces available to keep fit. West Kirby is also home to the Wirral Sailing Centre where people can windsurf and sail on the Marine Lake.
At the centre of West Kirby is the beginning (or the end) of the Wirral Way, a walking and cycling path that cuts all the way through the peninsula offering stunning views and ending in Hooton.
West Kirby’s Ashton Park features a children’s play area, duck pond, bowling green, basketball and tennis courts. Other parks include Victoria Park, Sandlea Park and the scenic Coronation Gardens. When the tide is out a stroll around West Kirby Marine Lake offers fantastic views, and paths to Hilbre Island and Little Eye.