Guide to Bebington
Schools in the immediate vicinity are rated between ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ – with outstanding options available all the way from Nursery through to Sixth Form. The Bebington area is within a mile of the Wirral Grammar School for Boys and Wirral Grammar School for Girls – same sex academy schools both highly sought after and with ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports.
With a route through school that includes outstanding rated options at each level generally within a short walk, the opportunity for children to gain a world class education from beginning to end is one of the many reasons young couples and families see the area as an attractive place to look for a home.
You can find a full list of the exceptional schools available to Bebington residents here.
While we hope we never need it, it is nevertheless important to know that the facilities are there when we need them, and Bebington boasts a wide variety of excellent medical facilities from neonatal to end of life care. With well regarded doctors surgeries and a great choice of both NHS and private dental surgeries available, Bebington is also located a short distance from both the Clatterbridge and Arrowe Park Hospitals.
With facilities falling under the NHS Wirral CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), care in Bebington is provided in accordance with a mission statement that looks to ‘commission high quality services which enable the people of Wirral to improve their own health and well being.’
You can find out more about NHS Wirral CCG here.
With an area like Bebington, it would be easy to point out its links to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, or the Michelin Starred Fraiche a ten minute drive away, but there is enough for even the fussiest gourmand within a short walk from most properties in Bebington – and Riviera at the Leverhulme Hotel has been awarded two rosettes by the AA Best Restaurant Guide. In fact, within the small town of Bebington, there are more than ten restaurants and takeaways with 4 to 5 star ratings on Tripadvisor.
Whether you’re looking for a gluten free breakfast, a vegan lunch, steak dinner or sumptuous dessert, you’ll find it all – including the opportunity to sample the delicacies of half the world – all within the confines of the town itself.
Bebington is well connected by road to three thriving northern cities – Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, with each city an easily commutable drive of between 15 and 50 minutes which effectively opens up a wealth of career opportunity across the Northwest.
For those that prefer the train, Bebington is also served by the Wirral Line, operated by Merseyrail, one of the best performing and least expensive railways in the country, with national rail connections available at both the Liverpool and Chester terminals.
For international travel, Bebington is within 40 miles of Manchester Airport and just over 30 miles from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, with the latter offering flights to the majority of Europe while the former can take the adventurous a little further afield.
While Bebington can reasonably claim to be the site responsible for the ‘Birth of England’ as the site of the Battle of Brunanburh in AD937 – considered by historians as the most significant battle of the Saxon era prior to Hastings – it was also the stalking ground of prehistoric crocodile ancestor the Chirotherium for those who like their history a little older still.
The town, which likely took its name from a Saxon chief or land-owner (translated literally as ‘the village of Bebba’), includes two original village centres – Higher Bebington and Lower Bebington and, in more recent history, was voted the most desirable location in England to live and work in a 2015 study commissioned by Royal Mail.
For a small town, Bebington is not short of attractions. While days out may take you to one of the many coastal villages or historic towns and cities that surround Bebington, the town itself has plenty to do – with Bebington Butterfly Park, Mayer Park and Port Sunlight River Park offering wonderful views and walks of differing levels of strenuousness on their wending way through nature both wild and tamed.
In addition, within the bounds of Bebington is historic Port Sunlight – one of the first purpose built Victorian worker towns – which offers trails around its more than 900 listed buildings as well as The Lady Lever Art Galleryand Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village.
If theatre, panto, musicals or classic cinema are what you crave, then the historic Gladstone Theatre will cater well to your tastes, with comedy, music and a host of other entertainment on offer.
Alternatively, you can catch the latest blockbuster at the state-of-the-art Odeon Luxe a short drive away in neighbouring Bromborough, or relax and enjoy a day of indulgence at the four star rated Leverhulme Hotel & Spa.
Then there’s the nightlife and wide variety of sporting events, concerts and more available in nearby Liverpool and Manchester, two cities consistently voted in the top 10 best cities for nightclubs and bars in the UK, and both close enough to make a late night cab journey home easily affordable with a few friends.
Bebington has almost an embarrassment of riches where beauty therapies, salons and spas are concerned. Not only is there the luxurious Leverhulme Hotel & Spa, there is also the Vista Spa & Beauty which offers a host of treatments as well as its five star on-site salon. In addition, there are dozens of independent hair and beauty salons offering everything from a quick trim to a full day of pampering.
So, whether you’re looking for a pick-me-up pedicure, a high-class cut and colour or a full transformation ready for an evening out, you won’t even need to leave the town to find everything you could possibly need.
For the full retail therapy experience, the avid shopper may need to take a trip to LiverpoolONE, the nearby city’s retail and leisure complex, Manchester’s famous Trafford Centre, or Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks, but you can get a smaller shopping fix much closer to home at the Croft Retail and Leisure Park which offers restaurants, gyms and shops including Dunelm, The Range, H&M, Next and more.
While it may take a little convincing to sway a real shopper away from the huge complexes on offer throughout the north west, there is more than enough on offer within a walk or short drive from most Bebington properties to satisfy most retail needs and for anything more, the town’s excellent transport links and position between three shopping hubs make it the ideal place for even the most ardent shopper.
Bebington is within walking distance of everything from Aldi to Sainsbury’s and a quick drive to larger Tesco and Asda stores. However, well worth a mention specifically, there is also the nearby Claremont Farm which offers sustainable, locally sourced fresh produce including vegetables, meats, cheeses and handmade sweet and savoury baked goods, making it the most super of markets and one where you can either grab your whole week’s shopping or just a few special bits and pieces for a treat.
The town is as well served by large, chain supermarkets as anyone could need, but there are also little gems tucked away in the town – small independently owned butchers and greengrocers which offer you the chance to buy your favourites or pick up something a little more artisanal.
Did You Know?
- Bebington - and specifically the area of the Brackenwood Golf Course - was likely the site for the AD937 Battle of Brunanburh, referred to as the ‘Birth of England’ where King Æthelstan of England, with the help of his brother, was able to overcome the combined armies of the Kings of Dublin, Alba and Cumbria. The battle, which is arguably the second most important of the era after Hastings, is recorded contemporaneously in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
- The Oval Leisure Centre, which originally opened in 1888, substituted for the Colombes Olympic Stadium in Paris during the filming of Chariots of Fire.
- Originally thought to be the tracks of an ancient bear or ape, Bebington was the location of one of the first English discoveries of Chirotherium footprints in 1838 - before the term ‘dinosaur’ was coined by English Paleontologist Richard Owen in 1842.