Wirral boasts three beaches boasting the highest ‘Excellent’ rating in the 2015 Good Beach Guide, based on water quality.
The annual guide published by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) recognises Meols, Moreton and West Kirby with the guide’s highest accolade. Wallasey has also been rated as 'Good'. A further four Wirral beaches – New Brighton, Leasowe, Thurstaston and Red Rocks at Hoylake have all been assessed previously as meeting mandatory standards.
Sandy beach with parking and toilets. Off the A553 to Hoylake and served by local buses, with local shops and cafes nearby. Horse riding and sand buggying are popular at certain times of the year. Popular site in winter for coastal birdwatching. The 4 mile long North Wirral Coastal Park is next to the beach and adjacent to the sea embankment. For further details contact Wirral Council Coastal Rangers on 0151 648 4371.
A popular sandy beach next to Leasowe Common within the North Wirral Coastal Park. The common is used for picnicking, ball games and kite flying when the tide is in.
The adjacent 4 mile long North Wirral Coastal Park provides an opportunity to discover grassland, reedbed and sand dune habitats. Winter birdwatching is popular here. For further information contact Wirral Council Coastal Rangers on 0151 648 4371.
This busy little beach is only 300 metres long but it lies between a kilometre of sand dunes and a further 2 kilometres of vast sand flats exposed at low water towards Hoylake and the popular marine lake which is one of the best facilities of its kind in the North West.
Easy access straight from the pavement onto the beach
Ice cream and coffee shops
Hilbre Island Local Nature Reserve located a kilometre off shore and accessible on foot at low water. (It is essential to check the tide times and recommended safe crossing route before walking across to the islands).
Free parking & pay and display car park West Kirby has a number of bars, cafes, sandwich shops
and a large supermarket.
This sandy beach, with views across Liverpool Bay, is part of the North Wirral Coastal Park, a four mile stretch of coast, with sand dunes and nature reserves.
Adjacent to the beach is a pitch and putt course and the Derby Pool family public house. Access is via the A554 from junction 1 on the M53 and Grove railway station in Wallasey is a 12 minute walk. Parking is available next to the beach.
A large, sandy beach with a very shallow bay and a sandstone outcrop, overlooking Hilbre Island. Popular with families. Red Rocks is an important site for its records of migrant birds with high numbers of Redwing, Fieldfare, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Brambling, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Snow Bunting and Willow Warbler. Altogether over 200 species of birds have been recorded with up to 170 species sighted in one year.
This seaside town has a sandy beach with a lighthouse and a Fort called Fort Perch Rock. There is also a theatre, restaurants, accommodation, a casino and a cinema, plus activities for children. Read more.
Thurstaston Common and the Wirral Country Park overlook Thurstaston Beach, which is a sandy beach along the Dee Estuary. There is also a visitor centre.
At the heart of the North Wirral Coastal Park, not far from Moreton Train Station and with plenty of free car parking. Toilets and café nearby. Moreton Beach is found adjacent, and is manned by Lifeguards during the summer months. Nearby Leasowe Lighthouse. Oldest brick-built lighthouse in the country. (Open 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month in the afternoons throughout summer)
Wirral's Bathing Waters
Wirral has four designated bathing waters; West Kirby, Meols, Moreton and Wallasey. For more information on water quality call Pollution Control on (0151) 666 4932.
For tide times click here or call Wirral Country Park on 0151 648 4371