The Beach Guide

New Brighton (Wallasey) Beach

New Brighton (Wallasey) Beach - Merseyside

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New Brighton Beach, in the north-west corner of the Wirral peninsula offers an attractive 3/4-mile stretch of golden sand. In the summer months it is a popular destination for day-trippers.

From the beach there are striking views over the Liverpool city skyline. The beach is a good place to watch ships sailing out from the mouth of the Mersey estuary into the Irish Sea.

Beyond the marine lake is the 19th century Grade II listed Perch Rock Fort, once part of the sea-defences system. This is now home to the Aviation and Archaeology Museum which has many interesting exhibits including a section on "Luftwaffe over Merseyside". Beyond the fort is the picturesque Perch Rock lighthouse.

Children visiting the beach will enjoy playing around the Black Pearl, a community-built driftwood boat.

The seaside resort of New Brighton has been popular since the mid-19th century. It now features a £60 million leisure development - Marine Point, with shops, restaurants, theatre and cinema.

There have been occasional reports of walkers who walk far out on the wet sand at low tide getting into trouble with mud/quicksand. It is therefore best to stay close to the main beach area.

At the time of writing there are no known dog restrictions on the beach, but there have been reports in local papers of possible plans to introduce restrictions.

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Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Slipway

Nearest town



CH45 3PZ

OS grid ref.

SJ 2856 9342

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Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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