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Just a few minutes’ drive from the affluent suburb of West Kirby, living in Hoylake offers all the beauty of its neighbour but with a more affordable price-tag, making it a popular place to live in the Wirral.

Sitting at the northern part of the Wirral, Hoylake boasts its own beach that looks out onto the stunning waves of the distant Irish Sea. With its seaside position, the landscape of the area naturally lends itself to an outdoorsy lifestyle, like many of its coastal counterparts, of which there are many in the Wirral. The properties here are a real mix of styles, paying homage to the area’s eclectic history which, along with location, makes it an attractive area for families looking for their forever home.

The area is home to a thriving bar and restaurant scene, making it a great place for some suburban socialising. Over the past few years, a number of trendy wine bars and restaurants have popped up across the town, much to the delight of residents and the Bradshaw Farnham & Lea West Kirby estate agents – if you’re looking to move here, then you can class that as your local branch! You can discover our other branches on the Find a Branch page. 

If the sound of Hoylake isn’t floating your boat, next-door neighbour, Meols, may offer the perfect solution. A much quieter character than Hoylake, Meols is a popular family area and again, offers more affordable housing than in Hoylake but still boasts a beautiful beach and is not far from the hustle and bustle, if you fancy a few drinks or nice meal.

If you are struggling to match your next location to your ideal lifestyle, give your local Bradshaw Farnham & Lea branch a call; as a Wirral estate agent, we know everything there is to know about the various areas and will be able to match you with expert ease.

Five Quick Facts about Hoylake & Meols

Beautiful Sunset Taken from Inbetween the Sand Dunes Looking out to Beach and Sea 1 The name ‘Meols’ is derived from Old Norse, or Viking, for ‘Melr’ or ‘Sand Dunes’  Black and White Image of Man Playing Guitar 2 Clifford Williams, the bassist for AC/DC, was just 12 years old when his family moved to Hoylake. The Merseybeat craze was said to have influence Williams to become a rock musician. The Front of a Viking Longboat 3 An old clinker-built boat was discovered under the car park of The Railway Inn based in Meols Clinker-designed boats were a popular method of boat-building in Viking times. However, as it is buried under layers of clay, until it is excavated it is impossible to date the object.  William of Orange 4 In 1690, William of Orange and his 10,000-strong army, set sail from Hoylake to travel to the Battle of the Boyne. Hoylake was then known as ‘High-Lake’ and the area where the King departed from is still known as ‘King’s Gap’. Submerged Tree Trunks Exposed During Tide 5 The coastline of the Wirral has changed throughout thousands of years of history. There was once a large forest at Dove Point in Meols until it started to be submerged by the River Dee. Until 1982, parts of the submerged forest could still be seen in Meols, including tree stumps.

Lifestyle & Activities

Similarly, to its Wirral neighbours, the residents of Hoylake and Meols take full advantage of their coastal home, with a focus on alfresco activities for locals to get involved in.

Hoylake Promenade is a popular place for locals to walk along, enjoy the refreshing beach air and views across to Hilbre Islands. With Hoylake’s prime location at the mouth of the River Dee, it is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, including many birds who flock there to feed on the river banks. The Red Rocks Marsh is also a popular place for residents to walk their dogs, with a vast beach area that is perfect for dogs to roam and explore. It is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the sand dune systems and reedbed, as well as recording migrant birds and breeding sites.

With its close proximity to the river, Hoylake has always had a close link with the water and is home to one of the oldest Royal National Lifeboat Institutions in the country. It is with volunteers from the community that Hoylake Lifeboat Station has been able to help those in danger at sea. Locals are encouraged to volunteer and they usually host an annual Open Day in the summer to give guests a glimpse into the life of a lifeboat volunteer.

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is a popular place to play for those who enjoy a game of golf, in the most stunning of settings. Host to the 2014 Open, the course is a sought-after place to play, with guests stepping in the footsteps of world-famous professionals such as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Guests are able to pay for an individual session and weekend sessions or apply for annual membership to the club.

There is also Hoylake Municipal Golf Club, this is an 18 hole course which is a combination of a parkland and links course with ditches and water hazards for added difficulty.  

For those who enjoy playing tennis, the Hoylake Lawn Tennis Club offers the perfect location for some good old-fashioned competition. Take advantage of the coaching team and sign up for lessons with talented players. Also, with a junior coaching team, it is a great extracurricular activity to enrol children in. 


For those who are looking for a church school to educate their children, Hoylake and Meols have several great options.

With ‘Academy’ status, Our Lady of Pity Roman Catholic Primary School has a slightly different curriculum to other schools in the area. The focus is on children learning through real-life context and using stories to educate the children in a way that permeates their mind. Teachers have developed “Curriculum Stories” which allows the subjects of education to flow together, supporting the children’s overall learning experience.

The education at the Hoylake Holy Trinity Church of England Primary is underpinned by core Christian values. In its most recent Ofsted report, the school receiving an overall rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ marks in Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

Kingsmead School offers independent and private education for children from the ages of two years old until sixteen years old. The school is continuously praised by independent inspectors, citing excellent behaviour and an outstanding level of pastoral care. The core focus is on the happiness of the students and with an excellent level of education, students are regularly featured at the top both regionally and nationally.  

Bars & Restaurants in Hoylake

21st Amendement

Speakeasy bar and restaurant!


Love a ‘Happy Hour’? If yes, 21st Amendment is the place to be!


The idea of drinking before dinner has been around since the prohibition era.

 When the 18th Amendment was passed and alcohol consumption was banned, people invented their own 'cocktail hours' also known as happy hours at speakeasy's before dining out at restaurants.


Every weekend 21st Amendment host some of the best musicians from the Hoylake area, if you enjoy supporting local talent, then this is the place to be!


Happy Hour Times - 

Monday-Thursday 12pm-7pm

Friday 5-6pm

Saturday 3-4pm!



The Black Toad

The Black Toad is a well-loved Micropub and bottleshop in Hoylake specialising in craft beer and cask ale, located on the main road in Hoylake. 


The perfect indie spot for a craft beer or two, with a great beer garden and a cosy atmosphere. 


Address - 32 Market St, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 2AF.

Telephone - 07835 360691


Arthur's of Hoylake

Hoylake's neighbourhood wine bar! 


Gather your friends and enjoy the fabulous Arthur’s of Hoylake.

The perfect place to relax and indulge in their extensive selection of fine wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, charcuterie and cheese boards.

Address - 22-24 Market St, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 2AE

Telephone - 0151 294 6436



Barbetta’s is an independent deli with a full range of beautiful artisan and local produce. It is definetely one not to miss! 
Whether you fancy a selcetion of gorgeous artisan cheese or freshly baked loaded brownies and cheesecake crossiants, you will not be disappointed! 



This lovely cafe is set in the heart of Hoylake right next to the train station, perfect for a sunday morning full-english breakfast or a catch-up coffee with a friend. Ground is a delicious and nutritious cafe with plenty to offer all!
Whether it is a fresh juices, ground coffee, freshly baked cake, baked goods, sandwiches, salads and more, all food is locally sourced!
For any veggies or vegans or any dietary requirements - there are plenty of options for all on this menu!

Address: 7 The Quadrant, Ch47 2EE

Telephone: 0151 632 6487


If you are looking for houses for sale in Hoylake or Meols, visit our Find a Home page and you could meet your next home!