Things to do in West Kirby
Dee Lane car park in West Kirby is fully closed to all motorists due to construction works as part of West Kirby Flood Alleviation scheme.
The coast seems ever-present in Wirral, and West Kirby is one of towns that is built around its beautiful location at the north west tip of the peninsula. Perfect for a relaxing holiday by the sea, the town has plenty of activities for all ages. Take a look at our guide on things to do in West Kirby.
Take a stroll along the Marine Lake
With incredible views out to the Welsh Hills across the Dee Estuary, you will spend the first few minutes simply taking it all in. This picturesque spot is home the perfect place to begin or finish your day in peace and tranquillity. The Marine Lake offers a gentle stroll but if you prefer a longer walk, carry on along the beach or Marine Prominade.
Venture out to Hilbre Island
As you gaze out to the Dee Estuary, your eyes will undoubtedly set upon one of the jewels in Wirral’s crown - Hilbre Island. At low-tide, you can walk to the island and take in some of the incredible views and amazing wildlife that call the island home, from rare birdlife to Grey Seals. Be sure to read up on walking to the island before you go, check the tides, wear appropriate footwear and be mindful that the island has no shops, toilets or drinking water.
Get out on the water
Whether sailing or windsurfing is your forté, the Marine Lake is where to head if you want to get active on the water. Arguably one of the most reliable and beautiful locations for water sports in the North West, the lake provides coastal wind strengths without needing to wait for the tide.
Explore the old town
Away from the waterfront, West Kirby is known for its quirky streets and lively town centre. The Crescent, a curved street filled with Tudor architecture, is home to high-street brands and local stores, whilst Banks Road is lined with local independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Eat and drink your way through the town
West Kirby is the perfect foodie destination, with plenty of places offering tasty treats.
If you’re after some caffeine, there are plenty of places to choose from in town including Aubergine Café, Green Onions Café, Rubens Coffee, Hannah’s, The Nook, Brassie’s and The TeeRoom. Why not try them all on your visit?
For food, Grange Road is home to Karma Indian Food, West Kirby Tap, Figo’s Mediterranean Kitchen and Forza Italian whilst on Banks Road you can find Est Italian, The Tapas Kitchen and Royal Bengal Restaurant. If BBQ food makes your mouth water, then check out Hickorys on Village Road.
If you fancy a tipple, the trendy WILD INN offers cocktails and live music in the evenings, Homebrew Tap is great for craft beer lovers, whilst The White Lion is a traditional English pub not far from the train station.
Discover the town’s ancient history at West Kirby Museum
Founded in 1892 in memory of Charles Dawson Brown, who was a Churchwarden at St Bridget's Church in West Kirby, this museum shines a light on a number of carved stones and other masonry from around the time of the Norman Conquest. Step back in time and marvel at the numerous column and wall fragments from this era.
Enjoy a round of golf at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Ok, so the golf club is technically in Hoylake, the nearest town a mile or so North form the centre of West Kirby but if you’re a keen golfer then you do not want to miss this! The world-renowned course is open to visitors and has played host to The Open Championship and Walker Cup.
Enjoy coffee and independent shops in Hoylake
Hoylake is another destination for cafes and independent shopping that is well worth visiting in Wirral. Only a mile or so North from West Kirby, hop on a 6-minute train and walk along Market Street. There are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and small shops to wander into. Here you’ll find The Hoylake Pantry – a zero waste shop with no single use plastic in sight.
Take a class or see a concert at West Kirby Arts Studio
Situated on a quiet residential street, West Kirby Arts Centre is an independently run venue aiming to encourage creativity through their many classes on offer. From arts and crafts, to fitness and music, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
Relax in Ashton Park
Ashton Park is an attractive Victorian park not far from West Kirby town centre. Situated on a hill, the park was developed between 1899 and 1906 through the good will of Miss E M Ashton who loaned the land. Nowadays, locals and visitors flock here to relax and enjoy a stroll.
Start your journey on The Wirral Way
West Kirby is also where the Wirral Way starts - a 12-mile, traffic free path through the unique Wirral Countryside and along the beautiful coastal estuary of the River Dee. Walk or cycle this route which explores the unique landscape of the peninsula.