It’s one of the most beautiful parts of Merseyside; which makes Wirral the perfect place for the region’s couples to enjoy a day out together.
From walking through history to trying out the latest watersports activity, there’s a wide range of activities on offer for you and your partner to enjoy. Check out some of our suggestions for romantic days out that will suit every kind of couple – no matter what your passion.
Go off-grid at Hilbre Island
It looks stunning from the mainland; but Hilbre Island, with its amazing fauna, wildlife and seals, looks even better close-up and couples are often seen wandering hand-in-hand over the sands from West Kirby to sample for themselves the island’s rugged charms.
Put your phone away, pack a picnic, and get back to nature as you search for the island’s legendary grey seals, the many bird species, and the elusive dolphins and whales that also grace Hilbre’s waters from time-to-time.
The island is cut off from the mainland for five out of 12 hours a day, so make sure you leave it at least three hours before high water, and check the tide times, to ensure that your romantic walk doesn’t turn into an emergency rescue situation.
Nearest station: West Kirby
Walking distance: 5 minutes (to Dee Lane access point).
Enjoy a romantic afternoon tea
Afternoon teas have long been appreciated by groups of women the length and breadth of the country – but more and more couples are now adopting them as their meal of choice thanks to the leisurely, take-your-time approach given to the whole affair.
With its attentive staff and generous portions, The Woodcote hotel in Hooton is fast gaining a reputation as the place to go for afternoon tea in the area, and its relaxed atmosphere makes it a lovely location to spoil yourself and your other half.
Catch up as you’re treated with sandwiches, cream cakes, scones, and lots of coffee and tea, and experience an indulgent afternoon at a great value price; just £12.95 per person.
Nearest station: Hooton
Walking distance: 14 minutes
Enjoy couples’ golf
We all know that Wirral – and Hoylake in particular - is one of the country’s golfing capitals, but you don’t have to be Tiger Woods to play the sport. Celebrity couples such as Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have long realised that a day spent on the golf course makes for a great date, thanks to the combination of competition, talking time and the promise of a nice meal at the end of it.
If you’d like to try your hand at the game, but don’t want to do it in the formal setting of a golf club, then New Brighton’s Championship Adventure Golf could be the answer. This all-weather award-winning attraction has two 18-hole mini-golf courses, with the first inspired by the world’s greatest golf holes while the second features Wirral’s landmarks and attractions.
Expect to spend one to two hours here, then head to one of the many restaurants nearby to replenish all those lost calories – and debate over who really won the game.
Nearest station: New Brighton
Walking distance: 8 minutes
Adventurous couples will love the latest watersports craze to hit the region; FlyBoarding. Invented in France by World Champion Jet-ski racer Franky Zapata, this futuristic activity uses power from a jet-ski to pump water through a hose and out of two jets under the FlyBoard, propelling the FlyBoarder up into the air.
FlyBoard Fun offers the water sport at Marine Lake, West Kirby; which is conveniently close to a wide variety of bars and restaurants where you can re-live your mutual bravery after the event.
It’s not cheap; at £180 for a FlyBoard experience for two, you may want to save it for a special occasion, but you’ll love the rush you’ll get when you’re eventually able to emerge from the water and rise many feet into the air, superhero-style.
Nearest station: West Kirby
Walking distance: 7 minutes
Take a trip to Port Sunlight
History buffs will love learning about the people who once lived at Port Sunlight, the village founded by William Hesketh Lever in 1888 and built to house his Sunlight Soap factory workers, during a trip to Port Sunlight’s Museum.
Even if history’s not your thing, you’ll still be fascinated by the village’s current thriving community, beautiful architecture, world-class art gallery and stunning parkland.
Wander around the charming village, imagining how life must have been so many years ago, before stopping off for lunch at one of the area’s eateries.
Nearest station: Port Sunlight
Walking distance: 1 minute
Enjoy a walk in the park
Designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, who went on to create New York’s Central Park, it’s little wonder that Birkenhead Park is something special.
The first publicly funded park in the world when it opened in April 1847, these days Birkenhead Park boasts two cricket clubs, tennis courts, bowling greens, football pitches and two large fishing lakes – as well as numerous spots to enjoy romantic picnics and lazy summer afternoons.
Don’t miss the lakes, the Swiss Bridge, the squirrels, and the many other attractions on offer. There’s also a café if you want to stop off for a hot drink, and you can buy food for the ducks from the Visitor’s Centre too. A lovely place for couples to enjoy some time together.
Nearest station: Birkenhead Park
Walking distance: 3 minutes