Hands up if you love the beach! Wirral beaches are absolutely beautiful and they are located on a peninsula which means that there is plenty to take your pick from. We have chosen a selection of the best beaches in the Wirral for you.
The Wirral’s picturesque and sandy beaches are a great place to enjoy a day out with the family or a peaceful wander, whatever the weather. Wirral beaches are a perfect place to enjoy sunsets. The sunsets truly are incredible and are some of the best in the country, making it an ideal place for photographers to visit. You’ll have clear views of the Welsh shore on one side of you and Liverpool’s skyline on the other. Here’s our guide to the best beaches in the Wirral.
1. Thurstaston Beach
We are starting with our personal favourite, Thurstaston beach.
We love it here. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to spend the day with the family then you have to head to Thurstaston Beach. It is the first stretch of sand along Wirral’s western coast on the Dee estuary and it’s perfect for a dog walk or leisurely stroll.
Thurstaston Common and the Wirral Country Park overlook the beach boasting stunning views of its long stretch of shingle coast and sandy beach. The Thurstaston park on Station Road has designated BBQ spots for people to use freely, or book in advance during peak season.
If you’re fancying a full day out Church Farm is close by, which is a really lovely and well-maintained family-run farm. A great place for kids to learn about and get up close and personal with animals, a cute café, incredible views, and lots of fresh produce, Church Farm is not to be missed.
You could finish your chilled out day by popping over to Benty Farm Tea rooms, situated on Thurstaston Common, for a slice of cake or afternoon tea
Plenty of parking is available.
2. New Brighton Beach
New Brighton has benefited from a £60 million redevelopment scheme now open are the Travelodge hotel, restaurants, Light Cinema and Caffe Cream Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Shop, and Championship Adventure Golf at Marine Point. It is also home to the Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre. So there is plenty to do there.
New Brighton is great for a fun family day out beside the seaside. Attractions and facilities aplenty, especially popular are the Riverside Bowling Alley, the Laser Quest centre, and the New Palace Amusement Arcade, which has a small well-loved fairground. These are the little things you remember from childhood!
Along the coastline, there is Fort Perch Rock, which is a coast battery defence and it opens throughout the year sometimes holding small events. It features an Aviation and Archeology Museum, as well as a ‘Luftwaffe over Merseyside’ permanent exhibition. However, the Fort is only open for appointments so please contact them to arrange a visit.
The perfect place if you love traditional seaside fun.
3. West Kirby Beach
For Nature lovers, West Kirby beach is such a peaceful place to visit and it’s from this beach that you can walk to Hilbre Island. The Hilbre Islands are one of the most beautiful locations for walking in Wirral.
The islands are an archipelago and classed as one of just 43 unbridged tidal islands in the UK that can be reached on foot from the mainland. It is essential to check the tide times and recommended safe crossing route before walking across to the islands. Tide tables can be purchased locally and are on display at Dee Lane slipway. You can also get an idea of the tide times here.
When planning a trip to the island it is important to remember that there are no shops, public toilets, or any fresh water on the islands, and very little shelter. It is important to wear suitable footwear and always carry waterproofs and warm clothing.
When tides and weather allow, West Kirby beach is a great starting point from which to walk to Hoylake, and if you’re fancy going further, to Meols and beyond. The beach is also next to the popular West Kirby Marine Lake which is one of the best facilities of its kind in the North West. You can walk around the marine lake, even at night just be careful and don’t forget a torch!
Watersports are popular at West Kirby, Wirral Sailing Centre offers a range of water sport activities, with courses available for all ages and levels of experience. For further details please go to https://www.facebook.com/westkirbymarinelake.
Free parking and a pay and display car park. West Kirby also has a number of quaint bars, cafes, sandwich shops, and a large supermarket.
4. Meols Beach
Meols beach is a pretty sandy beach. Both parking and toilets are available here. Just off the A553 to Hoylake, and plenty of access from local buses. Meols beach also has local shops and cafes nearby if you are taking a trip to the seaside and making a day of it. Relax and take in the distant views of Liverpool.
Meols beach is a lovely place to set up camp with the family for the day, let the kids run free and play in the sand, enjoy a picnic, and totally enjoy each other company.
This spot really shines producing stunning sunsets, so bring your camera and capture the moment. If you are visiting Meols Beach in winter, bring your binoculars and see how many birds you can spot.
Sand buggying is popular here, check out the Wirral Sand Yacht Club for more information if you’re a thrill-seeker!
The four-mile-long North Wirral Coastal Park is next to the beach and adjacent to the sea embankment.
We love visiting the beach and these Wirral beaches are endlessly tried and tested by us. We hope you have enjoyed reading about the best beaches in Wirral! Hopefully, we have inspired you to take a trip yourself. Let us know in the comments.