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The timeless beauty of Parkgate attracts many to its antiquated promenade, where visitors can enjoy a classically British seaside feel with views across the vast salt marshes that lead onto the Dee Estuary.

Originally a prominent port during the early 1800s, Parkgate’s success was surpassed by nearby Liverpool, where the enormous purpose-built warehouses attracted trade from across the world. It soon became a popular resort for holidaymakers to go and enjoy sunbathing on the sands and swimming in the river.

Although the golden sands of Parkgate may be no more, the promenade that is filled with thriving independent cafes, restaurants and bars continues to attract visitors and tourists to this day. During the summer, you can find many visitors enjoying some famous ice cream from Nicholls Ice Cream of Parkgate, which has been feeding the sweet-toothed visitors for over 75 years.  

Bars & Restaurants in Parkgate

Elephant Lounge

The elephant Lounge is in the perfect location in the heart of Parkgate open from morning to late at night. This chilled environment not is perfect if you're after a hot drink but also has a choice of yummy stone-baked pizzas and delicious bagels. 

Elephant Lounge brings all the relaxed vibes morning through to late at night you could ever ask for. Elephant is suited for all as it often hosts live music events on the weekend nights or if you are more into the chilled vibes then don't worry you can snuggle up under blankets in the courtyard with a hot choccy.

(oh and its dog friendly too - win win if you ask us!!)

The Boat House

The Boat House is located on the RSPB nature reserve, with stunning views of the marsh by the Dee Estuary for foodies and nature lovers alike. As could be expected, they offer an extensive selection of fresh fish and shellfish alongside British pub classics in a snug timber-framed pub. 

TEL - 0151 336 4187


Chows Eating House

Chows Eating House sits on The Parade in Parkgate, overlooking the distant Welsh hills.

 For anyone who lives on the Wirral, the restaurant is often the place to go for special occasions.


The restaurant serves Cantonese and Beijing dishes in an elegant interior, housed in a period building. It is famous for its banquets perfect for sharing with friends and close family.


Nicholls is the place to go on The Wirral for ice-cream. Nicholls Ice Cream of Parkgate, which has called the area home since 1937. As one of the finest ice cream parlours, visitors can enjoy a range of flavours all created in-house by their talented team. Their ice creams have been enjoyed by generation after generation who have each visited the beautiful Parkgate. A great place to take children. Sit on the wall overlooking the marsh on a sunny day enjoying a amazing cold treat and take in the breataking view over to the welsh mountians. 

Five Quick Facts

Owl in marshlands of Parkgate 1 The marshlands of Parkgate have become the home for a variety of wildlife and in 1973, it became a conservation area. The wildlife charity, RSPB, are currently responsible for manging the marshlands. Vintage Aeroplane in Dark Yellow Sky 2 During the Second World War when ports were being targeted, lights were dotted around the marshlands of Parkgate to trick German bombers into thinking a residential area was below, protecting residents who were hidden in the blackout.   Statue of George Frideric Handel 3 When Parkgate was a port, it was a common place for passengers to embark on the ferry to Ireland. In fact, renowned composer, George Frideric Handel, stayed over at Parkgate before leaving for Dublin where the first performance of Messiah was held in The Great Music Hall. Mostyn House School in Parkgate 4 The whole of Parkgate was once owned by the Mostyn family before Baron Mostyn sold the area off in a public auction in 1849 and decided to invest the money in Llandudno, Wales. Deer Grazing in Woodland 5 Parkgate was first recorded in 1610 and it is thought the name derives from neighbouring Neston where there was once a deer park that was enclosed. The location of the entrance gates is said to be at the end of Moorside Lane. 

Things To Do

One of the main reasons that people visit Parkgate is for a simple walk along the promenade, taking in the fresh air and enjoying the fantastic views. There is another reason, however, that sees hoards of people visiting in the summer – ice cream.

Parkgate is famous for its ice cream that is made by local treasure, Nicholls Ice Cream of Parkgate, which has called the area home since 1937.

For the sporty and adventurous, Neston Cricket Club, offers space to play a range of sports including hockey, tennis, and squash. With the marshes being full of wildlife, the area attracts many birdwatchers who can see some beautiful species including Hen Harriers, Short-Eared Owl and Skylarks.

As a popular tourist destination, the area is home to many delightful and charming cafes, restaurants and pubs, each one with a distinct personality of their own.

For a true seaside feel, Parkgate Fish and Chips serves plates from the traditional coastal cuisine, making it a must-visit for those who make visiting the area an annual event. The Ship is another traditional favourite, which is a homely pub where guests can enjoy dishes such as Steak & Ale Pie, Mussels and Burgers.
The Elephant Lounge is the perfect place to sit and relax, taking in the views of Parkgate whilst enjoy their delicious coffee and cakes. The lounge also runs themed nights including Music Monday, Chilli Thursday and Sundown Sunday, which offers 2-4-1 cocktails.

For a little international flavour, head to Chows Eating House for the delicious and aromatic flavours of Chinese cuisine. With banquets, mains and hor d’oeuvres, there is something for everyone from lone diners to groups of friends.