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About Heswall


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The town of Heswall has a rich and longstanding history, dating back further than the Doomsday Book where it is referred to as ‘Eswelle’. In the nineteenth century, Heswall was a small hamlet centered around St. Peter’s Church, the land around the church dotted with cottages, dwellings and heathland.

As the nearby city of Liverpool grew, so did Heswall as wealthy merchants set up lavish holiday homes in the town, taking advantage of spectacular views across the Dee Estuary with the Welsh hills forming a distant backdrop.

Today, Heswall still has some opulent homes and its centre has become known as a “hot-spot” for shoppers, diners and for those looking to enjoy a good night out.

During the daytime hustle and bustle, Heswall enjoys a lively yet relaxed atmosphere.  While some national shopping chains exist, Heswall stays true to its roots in “local” business, with many lovely independent shops, showcasing local produce.

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Heswall enjoys a strong coffee shop culture, with plenty of options to choose from. Whether you are looking to grab a hot cup of coffee and a slice of cake, while lovely quaint tea rooms offer everything from a pot of tea to luxurious afternoon teas.

As night falls, Heswall’s pace of life changes once again, slowing down allowing locals and visitors alike, to enjoy the many high-quality dining options on offer. Gusto Restaurant, Burnt Truffle and 107 Dining Room are just some of the lovely restaurants you can spend an evening in, while there are also several bars for those looking to enjoy a glass of wine or something fizzy.

If you don’t want your visit to Heswall to end quite so soon, then why not spend the night…? Heswall has plenty of places for you to chose from including; The Jug & Bottle, Premier Inn Wirral (Heswall) and Grasmere House to name just a few and if you can also enjoy the neighbouring Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa being only a short distance away.

For all you keen sports fenatics, Heswall has plenty to offer, with Heswall Lawn Tennis Club, Heswall Football Club and for the golfers among you, Heswall Golf Club, offering a round of golf with idyllic views across the Dee Estuary and Welsh hill.


Heswall has several open spaces, the largest being Heswall Dales enjoying dry, sandy heathland overlooking the River Dee and Welsh Hills and has the status of both Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

Other open areas also overlooking the Dee are the Beacons and Poll Hill, which is the highest point on the Wirral Peninsula. Whitfield Common, off Whitfield Lane, contains natural land as well as playing fields and tennis courts. The Puddydale is a large grassed area close to the middle of Heswall.

Heswall also enjoys Dawstone Park which was opened in 1931 and is beautifully maintained by the Friends of Dawstone Park. Notwithstanding Dawstone Park, Heswall also benefits from Hill House Park and Gardens which were the private grounds of the now known Jug & Bottle and are today lovely cared for by the Friends of Hill House Park and Gardens.

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Heswall has easy access to the major motorway networks leading to nearby cities of Chester and Liverpool. Heswall is also served by the Heswall Railway Station operating on the Borderlands Line (Bidston to Wrexham Central) and there is also Heswall Bus Station.


Heswall is surrounded by high performing and very popular schools including; Heswall St. Peter’s CofE Primary School, Gayton Primary School, Barnston Primary School and Heswall Primary School.

With good quality teaching, support and positive Ofsted reports, children perform well and go on to further succession in neighbouring High Schools and Grammar Schools. What more could you want for your child’s grounding educational requirements.


Winding down after work? Then look no further. Heswall offers a thriving nightlife providing a perfect alternative to Liverpool and Chester, due to Heswall’s restaurants, bars and pubs culture. Silk Rd Restaurant, Gusto Heswall, Otto Lounge, Nova, 107 Dining Room and Paradox are just some of the places you can visit.

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