5 August 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Wirral - England

Commercial properties to rent in Wirral.

Wirral is a metropolitan borough in Merseyside. It is sandwiched between the River Mersey and the River Dee, which separate it from Liverpool and North Wales respectively. Lots of people know it as ‘The Wirral’.

A number of major towns are situated in Wirral, including Birkenhead, Wallasey, Bebington, Heswall, Hoylake and West Kirby. Its location by the Irish Sea has meant it’s been inhabited for thousands of years. In fact, there is even evidence that people from the Mesolithic lived here, with hunter-gatherer tools dating back to around 7000BC found in the region. By the 20th century, docks in Birkenhead and Wallasey Pool were prospering and the Wirral had become a borough.

Much of Wirral is dominated by picturesque villages, open land and sandy beaches. There are a number of historical sites and nature reserves, protecting the area’s heritage.

Wirral’s location just across the river from Liverpool makes it a great place for businesses. It is increasingly becoming a hub for low carbon manufacturing and energy sectors. Other firms enjoy its close proximity to both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport.



RailMerseyrail Wirral runs local trains around the borough and to towns in surrounding areas, such as Liverpool, Wrexham (North Wales), Chester and Ellesmere Port. For getting further afield, connections at Liverpool Lime Street offer fast services to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and more.

BusThere are lots of bus routes between villages and towns across Wirral Peninsula. They’re organised by Merseytravel, which partners with Stagecoach and Arriva to deliver the services. Routes between Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Chester are part of the Quality Bus initiative. By coordinating different bus operators, they are able to provide an integrated service with buses every 10 minutes on weekdays. Only one ticket is needed, no matter how many operators a traveller uses.

WaterA novel way of travelling in the area is to catch a boat across to Liverpool. Mersey Ferries offers commuting journeys from Seacombe, beginning at 7:20am and taking around 10 minutes to cross the river. There are also day river cruises for people wanting to explore the Mersey River.

AirTwo major airports are nearby Wirral. Liverpool John Lennon is just a 45-minute drive and offers flights to destinations across Europe, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan and many more. For travelling further afield, Manchester Airport offers flights to Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas. It is the third busiest airport in the UK. You can reach the airport in just 45 minutes by car from Birkenhead, though it’s more difficult to reach by public transport compared to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Offices to rent in Wirral

Retail units to rent in Wirral

Top places to eat

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Great places to meet for a coffee

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There are more than 22 gyms across Wirral:

  • PureGym
  • Total Fitness
  • DW Fitness
  • Gravity Health Club
  • Europa Pools Leisure Centre

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Banks and Post Offices

There are over 15 banks in the Wirral area, including Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Barclays  and Santander.

There are 20 post offices across the area, from West Kirby to Birkenhead and Bebington.

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • Sainsbury’s (two supermarkets, three express stores)
  • Asda (three large superstores)
  • Tesco (two supermarkets)
  • Morrisons (two supermarkets)
  • Co-operative (12 stores)
  • M&S Food (three stores)
  • Aldi (eight stores)
  • Lidl (three stores)

Lots of people based in Wirral travel to Liverpool for shopping, but there are some retail destinations across the area. The Croft retail and leisure park in Bromborough has a range of homeware and fashion stores, alongside a cinema and places to eat. In Birkenhead, you’ll find Pyramids – a shopping centre with the likes of Argos, Clarks, Carphone Warehouse, H&M, Millets, JD Sports, The Body Shop and many more. For DIY and furniture, Junction ONE retail park on the outskirts of Wallasey offers B&Q, Halfords, Oak Furniture Land, Carpetright and more.

Retail properties to let in Wirral 

Agents with the most listings in the area

Commercial properties on Realla that offer something a little different

Woodside Business Park

Riverside House

2 Lord Street

1 Pasture Road

Townfield Lane Shopping

Meet the neighbours – noteworthy Wirral businesses

  • Vauxhall
  • Unilever
  • Adviser Plus
  • CSM Bakery Solutions
  • Park Group
  • The Contact Company

Large commercial properties and co-working spaces in Wirral


Birkenhead Medical Building

No 2 Commerce Park

Arrowe Commercial Park

Unit 1 Church Road

Junction One Business Park

Serviced offices to let in Wirral

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Did you know?

  • Lots of famous faces have lived in Wirral, including Fiona Bruce, Ian Botham, Daniel Craig, Paul Hollywood and Matt Dawson.
  • The Domesday Survey of 1086 shows Wirral to the more densely populated than most of England.
  • Between 1120 and 1123, Wirral was a hunting forest.
  • It has over 1,900 listed buildings and 26 conservation areas. In fact, it has the largest amount of Grade II listed buildings outside London.
  • In 1376, King Richard II crowned the area with Royal Park status.
  • New Brighton, in the north east of the Wirral, is home to the UK’s longest promenade. It is 3.5km long.
  • Hilbre Island is the UK’s smallest inhabited island and located off the coast of the Wirral at West Kirby.
  • The first ever country park was opened in Wirral in 1973.
  • When someone in Wirral says ‘over the water’ it means Liverpool.
  • The oldest surviving lighthouse is in Wirral – it’s the Leasowe Lighthouse built in 1763.

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