Guide to Liscard
There are ten schools within three miles of the area of Liscard which have been given an ‘outstanding’ rating during their last Ofsted report. This includes schools at each level – from Millstead School which caters for children between two and 11 or Orrets Meadow School for children five to 11, Kilgarth School for boys 11-16 or Birkenhead High School Academy for Girls three to 19.
With an additional 49 schools available between good and outstanding, there are an enormous number of routes from early years to the last day of schooling for children to receive the best education available. This obviously makes the area a popular one for families and young couples looking to settle down. You can find more information on the excellent schools available to Liscard residents here.
Liscard has around ten medical practices in and around the area, providing day to day medical care for your everyday ailments and medical complaints, as well as half a dozen NHS and private dental practices to maintain your smile for the duration of your time in the township.
In addition, for more serious issues, procedures or injuries, there are two easily accessible hospitals – Victoria Central Hospital which offers a walk in centre, and Arrowe Park which has accident and emergency service.
All in all, whatever your needs, you’ll find yourself well provided for by the Liscard. It’s services fall under the supervision of the NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and you can find out more about them here.
There are the standard takeaway and fast food options available in the town, as well as some fantastic coffee shops and cafes in which to catch up with friends. Yet it’s when you open up the rest of the town of Wallasey that the dining options begin to stand out – all within a few miles of the town itself you have an enormous selection of restaurants offering an incredible choice of world foods and fine dining.
There are traditional English pubs, seafood restaurants, Mediterranean, Greek, Indian and more all within a quick drive from the town (including Michelin starred Fraiche in nearby Birkenhead). With Liverpool, Manchester and Chester also within reach, it should be possible for even the most demanding diner to find a host of new favourites.
While retaining a village feel, Liscard is very well connected by road – with Liverpool city centre around a fifteen minute drive, Manchester just over an hour away and Chester a little more than a half an hour drive – meaning that three of the northwest’s best cities are available under or around the UK’s average commute time of 59 minutes.
While not having a railway station itself, Liscard is located within a short journey of the two Wallasey stations and Birkenhead North from which the Wrexham line, provided by Transport for Wales, and the Wirral Line, provided by Merseyrail, are accessible with changes. This extends a rail commute to an hour for Chester and 90 minutes for Manchester – though Liverpool is still only 25 minutes away.
The first reference to the town is a mention of Lisnekarke in 1260, thought to be derived from two Welsh words Llys Carreg meaning ‘hall on the rock’ at the time it was held by Baron Richard de Aston. The area was variously referred to as Liscak, Lisecair, Lysenker, and Lyscart between that mention and another in 1417, but the town likely has a longer history – with a Neolithic stone hammer and flint arrow found in the area and a Roman coin found in the area’s Central Park.
A battery of seven 10-inch guns, known locally as ‘the snake in the grass’ was set back from the banks of the Mersey in 1858 to protect the port city of Liverpool and ships that used it. While they were of no further use from 1912, the ornate gateway and curtain wall that were part of the complex had housing built within and are still visible as part of a development that’s an odd looking mix. The gateway is now a Grade 2 listed structure.
Liscard, as part of Wallasey has a huge variety of attractions virtually on the doorstep – from the New Brighton seaside, its fun park, theatre and gardens, there’s a dog friendly, themed crazy golf course – Viking Quest Adventure Golf, Pathan Park outdoor karting track, a cinema an Airsoft shooting range within the World War 2 tunnels beneath New Brighton. In fact, thanks to its location, the Liscard township is ideally placed for family days out of all kinds.
For those with a love of nature, there are also plenty of options, from the North Wirral Country Park which offers incredible views and woodland walks, to the promenade that runs between New Brighton and Seacombe and offers a picturesque riverside walk with a view of the Liverpool skyline.
There’s plenty to do in and around Liscard, with theatre available at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion which runs a fantastic programme of ballet, drama, opera, kids shows and even Christmas Pantomimes, and various museums and galleries – such as the The Lady Lever Art Gallery in nearby village Port Sunlight.
While there are few nightclubs on the Wirral, there are plenty of restaurants and bars available for an evening out – and for those craving a night on the tiles, the proximity of Liscard to Liverpool makes it possible to visit a city whose nightlife has become a tourist draw on its own – and still get home by an affordable taxi ride.
The Liscard area has more than 20 different salons in close proximity – all offering a variety of services from hair styling to nail art, tanning salons to pampering sessions. While the sheer number of possible options should allow you to find a beauty therapist, stylist or technician that matches your needs and style, it’s worth noting that Birkenhead – 10th in a UK survey for number of beauty treatments within a square kilometre – is a neighbouring town.
It may not be your first consideration as you look for a property to rent or buy, but it’s always good to know that there’s no need to travel or to wait days for an appointment if you need to get ready for a night out or special occasion.
Liscard is more about café culture and brunch followed by a stroll than about the shopping experience, but there are plenty of retail parks throughout the Wirral and within a short car ride from Liscard.
Nearby options include the Marine Point Retail and Leisure Park, JunctionONE Retail Park, The Croft Retail and Leisure Park in Bromborough and a few more besides. For many Liscard residents, however, proximity to Liverpool makes the purpose built LiverpoolONE retail and leisure complex an ideal choice for when the urge to shop takes hold.
So, although Liscard itself may not be a shopaholic’s dream location, there’s plenty of opportunity for a day of shopping within a short distance of the township.
It will hardly come as a surprise in modern day Britain that there is a wide selection of supermarkets in the local area. Liscard has all the major brands – with a larger Tesco Extra and Asda stores within range of the weekly shop and smaller local versions of Sainsburys, M&S and more.
However, there are also independently owned gems like Vintage Weighs – an organic refill shop selling organic, sustainable produce and plastic free refills for your detergents and washing liquids. There are also some lovely farm shops in nearby villages which offer locally sourced vegetables, meat and dairy such as The Vineyard Farm in Bromborough, and Claremont Farm in Bebington.
Did You Know?
- Nearby New Brighton Promenade is the longest in the UK at more than two miles long, and the seaside area has what was the first amusement arcades.
- St Albans Church is the oldest Catholic church in Wallasey and owes its existence to a priest from across the Mersey. Having noted that there were people having to cross the river on Sundays for mass - a problem for poorer members of the congregation - Father Guest decided to set up a mission in Wallasey. This mission was originally located above a pub called The Hens and The Chickens on King Street and grew into a Chapel School on St Albans road in 1842, the first foundations for the church were laid in 1853.