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 chesterzoo.org
Unit 1, Olympic Park, Poole Hall Road, Ellesmere Port, CH66 1ST
Contact : 0151 305 6868 https://www.boulderhut.com/
Large bouldering and climbing centre catering for all ages with a great vegan and vegetarian friendly café. boulderhut.com
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. blueplanetaquarium.com
Contact 0151 357 8804
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 bubblesworldofplay.co.uk
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 : Minimonstersfunhouse.co.uk
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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
10 The Cross, Neston, CH64 9UB 0151 336 3970
Popular and dog friendly café in the centre of Neston, serving breakfasts, lunches and cakes.
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.
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.
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.
, 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.
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.
29 High Street, Neston CH64 9TZ 0151 336 7400
A hidden gem serving high quality breakfasts, brunches and lunches.
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.
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.