Family Fun

Church Farm

Church Lane, Thurstaston, Ch61 0HW
Farm animals, small animals, tractor rides, crazy golf, picnic areas
Contact :

Chester Zoo

 Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1EU
Large zoo with a huge selection of animals. Excellent facilities including cafes, pub, picnic areas and playgrounds, making it worth a full day’s visit. Please check website for ticket availability in advance.
Contact : 01244 380280 or

Boulder Hut

Unit 1, Olympic Park, Poole Hall Road, Ellesmere Port, CH66 1ST
Contact : 0151 305 6868
Large bouldering and climbing centre catering for all ages with a great vegan and vegetarian friendly café.

Blue Planet Aquarium

located at Cheshire Oaks, CH65 9LF  
Indoor centre with sharks, rockpools and walk through underwater tunnel. Demonstrations and talks throughout the day. Worth pre booking via the website.
Contact 0151 357 8804

Flip Out

Chester Gates Business Park, Chester CH1 6LT  
Indoor trampoline adventure park. Bouncing fun with arcade games and café
Contact : 01244 956 777 or

Bubbles World of Play

Marine Point, Kings Parade, New Brighton, CH45 2HZ
Huge indoor play centre catering for all age groups 0-11 years. Includes soft play, sensory areas, role play areas, foam ball cannons, large seating area and café. There is also an outdoor ‘Puddles Splash Zone’ (weather dependent)
Contact : : 0151 691 6030 or  

Mini Monsters

Chester High Road, Neston, CH64 3TE 0151 353 1123
Small soft play centre with separate toddler area and café. Limited facilities but very convenient location and good for younger children.
Contact :


Thurstaston Beach

Thurstaston, CH61 0HN
Overlooked by Wirral Country Park and a stone’s throw from the Wirral Way. The sandy beach is popular with dog walkers and families and is accessed by steep steps. Flissy’s Coffee Shop is on hand for refreshments and the most convenient parking is pay and display in the country park.

West Kirby Beach

West Kirby, South Parade, West Kirby, CH48 0QG
Easy to access, flat and sandy (though compact), beach by the marine lake in West Kirby. Good for children and is well served with ice cream vans and fish and chip stalls. Great walks along the coast to Hoylake Beach or over to Hilbre Island at low tide. It’s worth checking the tide times as the sea can seemingly ‘disappear ’completely from view when out. Similarly, the area is notorious for mud flats and can pose a danger if care isn’t taken. Free parking is available along West Kirby front.

Hoylake Beach

Hoylake, CH47
Vast, open sandy beach with views to Hilbre Island and beyond. It is more peaceful than West Kirby and is great for walking, kite flying, sandcastles, sunsets and strolling the promenade. There is free parking along the seafront on Meols Parade. Please be conscious of tide times and stay to marked areas as there are pockets quicksand.

New Brighton Beach

New Brighton, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 2JU
Large, sandy beach with views over the Mersey estuary to the Liverpool skyline. Perch Rock Fort and Perch Rock Lighthouse are historical points of interest and the promenade boasts of being the longest in the UK, at just over 2 miles. There is a large selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs in New Brighton, as well the Royal Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Palace Amusement Arcade, outdoor crazy golf, and recently built Marine Point leisure complex all on hand.


Bikes & Boards

Bikes & Boards, 170 Banks Road, West Kirby, CH48 0RH 0151 625 5533

Wirral Tracs

Wirral Tracs, Wirral Country Park, Station Road, Thurstaston, CH61 0HN 0151 319 2455

Food & Drink

Cafes, Coffee Shops & Tea Rooms

Benty Farm Tea Rooms

3A School Lane, Thurstaston CH61 0HH 0151 648 2746
Cosy, traditional tearoom serving hot drinks and locally sourced produce, including freshly prepared sandwiches and delicious homemade cakes. Benty Farm is in an isolated setting on Thurstaston Common so can only be accessed by foot.

Bluebell Tea Rooms

Chester High Road, Neston CH64 3TE 0151 336 5565
Traditional, small café serving great breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas, with good deals on children’s food. Friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. Also has an outside seating area.

Blue Bicycle

10 The Cross, Neston, CH64 9UB 0151 336 3970
Popular and dog friendly café in the centre of Neston, serving breakfasts, lunches and cakes.

Elephant Lounge

Hamilton House, The Parade, Parkgate CH64 6SB 0151 345 4850
Coffee, draught beer, hot and cold snacks. Views across the estuary and cosy courtyard out back. You’ll also find Elephant Coffee in Neston centre, also serving speciality coffees and teas with light snacks.

Flissy’s Coffee Shop

Bank Side Station Road, Thurstaston, CH61 0HN 0151 648 4959
Located on the Wirral Way, by Thurstaston Beach and country park, this is a convenient and popular café serving a good selection of hot and cold food, with good sized outside area. A great stop off point for cyclists, walkers and family groups.

Heswall Coffee House

8 Pensby Road, Heswall, CH60 7RE 0151 306 4981
Sandwiches, Bagels, Soups, Salads, cakes and more. A great place for brunch, serving speciality coffees in a relaxed atmosphere. 


19 Black Horse Hill, Newton, West Kirby, CH48 6DS 0151 707 7747
Casual and eclectic venue specialising in loose leaf teas and an imaginative breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Also serving a good selection of craft gins, beers, cocktails and fine wines into the evening. Recently opened in West Kirby, a further three Leaf venues can be found in Liverpool.

Little Teahouse

, South Cottage, The Parade, Parkgate, CH64 6SA 0151 538 7934
Small, traditional English teashop, serving afternoon teas, homemade cakes and sandwiches, with an outstanding view from Parkgate front.

Mozkitos Coffee House

Mostyn Square, Parkgate, CH64 6SP 0151 336 2527
Breakfasts, lunches and homemade cakes served by friendly staff. This is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike. Dog friendly and outside area.

Paisley Grey

29 High Street, Neston CH64 9TZ 0151 336 7400
A hidden gem serving high quality breakfasts, brunches and lunches.

Real Food Kitchen

21 Parkgate Road, Neston, CH64 9XF 0151 336 7538
Light and spacious with a focus on tasty, healthy, nutritious food. Serving speciality teas, coffees and smoothies. There is also an outdoor patio area.

Wylde Coffee

86 Telegraph Road, Heswall, CH60 0AQ
Independent coffee shop serving speciality coffees, loose leaf teas and locally sourced cakes and light bites. Light and airy environment with a focus on quality and sustainable produce, and dog friendly too.

Pubs & Bars (most of which serve food too)

1 The Parade, Parkgate CH64 6RN 0151 336 4187
Fantastic views of the estuary and it’s array of bird life from both outdoors and inside the conservatory area. Large pub with both intimate and cosy bar areas, alongside more formal dining.

Devon Doorway
2 Telegraph Road, Heswall, CH60 2SA 0151 348 4462
Large pub with courtyard and beer garden to suit all tastes. Offering a crowd-pleasing selection of pub food favourites and seasonal dishes, with a good range of real ales, lagers and wines.

Harp Inn
19 Quayside, Little Neston, CH64 0TB 0151 336 6980
Popular with locals, walkers and cyclists alike. Great beer garden and great views. Dog friendly.

Pollards Inn
Village Square, Willaston, CH64 2TT 0151 327 4615
A welcoming and popular inn with a great beer garden and outdoor children’s’ play area. Dog Friendly.

Red Fox
Liverpool Road, Thornton Hough, CH64 7TL 0151 353 2920
Large and spacious indoors, with open fires and cosy nooks and crannies to get comfortable in, while outdoors you’ll find an impressive beer garden. Popular for dining out.

Red Lion
16 The Parade, Parkgate, CH64 6SB 0151 336 1548
Traditional, community focused pub with live music and fabulous hidden beer garden.
The Parade, Parkgate, CH64 6SA 0151 336 3931
Popular and busy, friendly hotel bar offering great views across the Dee Estuary. A great spot to watch the world go by.
Wheatsheaf Inn
Raby Mere Road, Raby CH63 4JH 0151 336 3416
Full of character and charm. A welcoming village pub set in the Wirral countryside. Dog allowed indoors in specific areas.


107 Dining Room
107 Telegraph Road, Heswall, CH60 0AF 0151 342 3420
Extensive menu with good value deals, making it a popular choice for groups and regular customers. Modern décor with a comfortable atmosphere and attentive staff.

Barton Rouge
150-158 Telegraph Road, Heswall, CH60 0AH 0151 345 7373,
Contemporary and classic Indian cuisine in a modern environment. Relaxed in style, it is busy and popular with groups.

Britannia Spice
18-19 The Parade, Parkgate, CH64 6SA 0151 336 1774
Popular, traditional Indian restaurant with a good selection of chef specials

Burnt Truffle
104-106 Telegraph Road, Heswall, CH60 0AQ 0151 342 1111
Award winning bistro serving high quality food in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Outdoor terrace and monthly changing menu.
Chows Eating House, The Parade, Parkgate, CH64 6RW 0151 336 2385
Cantonese and Beijing dishes served in a modern, relaxed restaurant with views across the Dee Estuary. A popular and favourite Chinese restaurant.

Elephant Bank
16 The Cross, Neston, CH64 9UB 0151 306 9984
Award winning pizza, plus a variety of specials served in a comfortable and modern setting. Cosy bar area offering good cocktails and draught beers.

146-148 Telegraph Road, Heswall, CH60 0AH 0151 348 4538
Contemporary Italian chain restaurant serving sharing platters, burgers, salads and steaks alongside pizzas and pasta dishes. Elegant and stylish interior with visibility into the kitchen and with a relaxed atmosphere.

Kri Kri
11 Bridge Street, Neston, CH64 9WE 0151 336 8869
Greek and Mediterranean fare in a comfortable, informal environment. Popular favourite with locals.

1 Mostyn Square, Parkgate, CH64 6SL 0151 336 1963
American- English favourites, specialising in burgers, fajitas and steaks. Relaxed and informal with views across the estuary.
Sang Jun, 4 Bridge Street, Neston, CH64 9UJ 0151 336 2802
Authentic Thai cuisine in a comfortable, traditional restaurant, with all you can eat buffet deals on certain days.

Silk Road
166 Telegraph Road, Heswall, CH60 0AH 0151 345 6463
Tapas style offerings from Asia to Europe. Relaxed and informal, there’s something for everyone.