Guide to Leasowe
There are 10 schools, within a three mile radius of Leasowe, rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted at their last inspection – including each level from preschool all the way up to A-Level, meaning that children residing in Leasowe have an incredible choice of first class education and parents have the opportunity to provide their children with the best possible start.
For this reason, the Leasowe area is incredibly attractive to young couples and families when it comes time to find a community to settle down in – but with 16 outstanding schools and a further 63 rated as good within a five mile radius, there is unlikely to be a problem providing children with a great educational experience.
You can take a look at the exceptional choice of schools in the Leasowe area on the Ofsted website.
Leasowe residents have a choice of two medical centres in the immediate vicinity for the everyday ailments that may come their way, as well as an NHS dental clinic and a pharmacy. While there’s not a huge opportunity to shop around for healthcare, the available facilities are highly rated by residents in the area.
In the unhappy event that a more serious accident or injury occurs, there are several hospitals in the surrounding area – including Arrowe Park Hospital which has A&E facilities, while not being too far from Clatterbridge Hospital.
In charge of the local medical provision is NHS Wirral CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) whose mission statement is 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 the NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group here.
Leasowe has all of the nation’s favourites – from cafes to pub grub, fish and chips to Indian and Chinese restaurants and takeaways. However, it doesn’t end there, within a small radius there’s a world tour on offer – with Belgian, Greek, Spanish, Greek, Southern USA steakhouses, Turkish and more available nearby.
You can dine like a king in Leasowe – well, you can eat at a castle! The historic Leasowe Castle offers patrons the chance to dine in their Star Chamber beneath a star studded ceiling reclaimed from the Palace of Westminster. For something a little more casual, there are also places such as The Green Hut on the prom which offers traditional seaside fish and chips.
So whether you’re looking for fine dining, or fish and chips by the sea, you’ll be happy in Leasowe.
Leasowe is served by a single train station on the Wirral Line which is operated by Mersey Rail, rated one of the best performing and least expensive rail services in the UK. Leasowe station is on the West Kirby branch line which runs between Bidston and West Kirby but with access to Liverpool and national rail connections in around 40 minutes.
As far as road connections, Leasowe is only a quarter of an hour from Liverpool, just over half an hour from Chester and just over an hour from Manchester, meaning that three thriving northwest cities are accessible in or around the UK national average commute time of 59 minutes.
Leasowe, which takes its name from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning meadowland, has several areas of significant historical interest. Leasowe Castle, for example, was built in the 16th Century and earned the name Mockbeggar Hall after a period of disuse, the name is now carried by a local pub.
Like much of the Wirral, even the landscape is historic and the area now the North Wirral Coastal Park dates back some 5000 years and is home to the remnants of an ancient submerged forest which is visible between the slipway and groins at Dove Point.
In the mid 18th Century Leasowe Lighthouse was constructed and is the oldest remaining brick-built lighthouse in Britain as well as the place where, not long after it was built, what was possibly the first parabolic reflector in a lighthouse was installed.
While Leasowe is not the most Viking area of the Wirral, it is the only place with Viking Quest Adventure Golf, a dog friendly crazy golf course with a difference. Then there’s Pathan Park – an outdoor karting track perfect for a family day out. In fact, with paddle boarding lessons also available within walking distance and a whole host of other family friendly activities, there’s enough in Leasowe and surrounding towns and villages to keep the children happy for the holidays.
In addition to these activities, there are woodland walks and a fishing lake at nearby Royden Park in Irby and, for summer days, there is Thurstaston beach with soft sand, cliff walks and incredible views.
Leasowe is more set up for daytime activities than for evening entertainment, the area is surrounded by towns with theatres, bars, nightclubs and more – all within an easy drive or, for later night entertainment, within an affordable taxi journey, of Leasowe itself, ensuring that you can maintain the lifestyle of a big city the benefits of village life at home.
For more sedate pastimes, you can head to nearby Bromborough to watch a film over at the Odeon Luxe, a state-of-the-art cinema, or treat yourself at Leverhulme Hotel & Spa in Bebington, or, just a little further away, you have the cultural and entertainment hubs that are Chester and Liverpool – both less than a half hour drive away and packed with things to do.
For all your beauty needs, you won’t need to go too much further than Hoylake Road, which is lined with ten salons of one kind or another offering services, treatments and pampering of all kinds – and with the vast majority carrying four or more stars on Google Reviews, you should be guaranteed to find a beautician, hairdresser and/or nail technician that caters to your particular style and tastes.
While it’s probably not at the top of your list when considering your ideal community, it’s important to know that there won’t be a struggle to find a salon that meets your needs – and with the breadth of choice, you should find your favourite Leasowe salon in no time.
Leasowe is not really an area filled with big brand stores – instead it offers more of a cafe culture, or brunch and a stroll than the standard high street. For the dedicated shopper, however, there are half a dozen retail parks throughout the Wirral, all in easy reach of the area by car.
Nearby options for a shopping trip are the Marine Point Retail and Leisure Park, JunctionONE Retail Park, the Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port, The Croft Retail and Leisure Park in Bromborough and a few more besides. There’s also fantastic shopping available both in historic Chester, Liverpool city centre, and the purpose built LiverpoolONE.
So while Leasowe may not satisfy a true shopaholic, there’s plenty within a reasonable distance for a good shopping expedition.
Leasowe has all the standard supermarket access, with Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, Iceland and the rest all within a reasonable distance for a weekly shop. There are also smaller, local stores dotted throughout the area and a larger Tesco Extra in Bidston and Aldi in Hoylake, so there’s plenty of choice whether you’re looking for a full shop or a few bits and pieces before heading home.
Where the Wirral excels in this area, however, is in some of the more independent stores – for example there’s the popular Hoylake Pantry, a zero waste shop selling wholefoods and more – single-use plastic free, the Vineyard Farm in Bromborough, and Claremont Farm in Bebington – the two latter offering sustainable, locally sourced fresh produce including vegetables, meats, cheeses.
Did You Know?
- The world's first passenger hovercraft service, in operation for a short time between 1961 and 62 travelled from Moreton Common. The short lived and unprofitable service advertised itself as between Wallasey and Rhyl in North Wales.
- Leasowe Lighthouse, built in 1763, is the oldest remaining brick-built lighthouse in Britain. In approximately 1763, former privateer (government approved pirate) William Hutchinson installed what was possibly the first parabolic reflector in a lighthouse.
- Built for a patron of Shakespeare and 5th Earl of Derby Ferdinando Stanley, Leasowe Castle is home to the last surviving parts of the Star Chamber after it was moved from the Palace of Westminster to Leasowe in 1836 and consists of four tapestries picturing the four seasons and a ceiling designed to look as though filled with stars.