Is Wirral a Town or City?

I’m answering the question “is Wirral a town or city?” because it came up in a conversation recently and I realised there is some uncertainty around the topic.

Is Wirral a town or City? Wirral is neither a city nor a town. It is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside with parts of South Wirral being part of the county of Cheshire. Wirral has towns within it such as Hoylake, West Kirby and New Brighton but the closest city is Liverpool which has two cathedrals (which makes it a city). Chester is also a nearby city due to having it’s own cathedral.

What Does a Metropolitan Borough Mean?

The word metropolitan basically means an area is large and busy and a borough is a way for the government to break down areas within the UK for administrative purposes. A metropolitan borough as in “Wirral is a metropolitan borough” simply means that Wirral is a built up area administered by the local government, in this instance two thirds are governed by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (known is Wirral Council ( with the remaining third administered by the Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Is Wirral A County?

No, as explained in the paragraph above Wirral is governed by two different local councils as the Wirral itself is divided into two counties, namely Merseyside and Cheshire.

Is Wirral an Island?

Technically speaking yes because it is fed by the Leeds canal but Wirral is a peninsular meaning a piece of land connected to the mainland. We’re talking technical aesthetics here of course.

Does This Mean The Postcodes For Wirral Differ?

No, you would think this would be the case however all of the postcodes begin with “CH” and have done since 1999 when Royal Mail decided to switch the older “L” postcodes to a Cheshire based new electronic and more efficient sorting office for efficiency.

This actually caused a bit of a stink around the time with some people believing this was done out of snobbery and a snub to Liverpool who tend to call the people of Wirral “plastic Scousers” meaning the people of Wirral are not real “Scousers”.

If you live in Wirral and would like to check your postcode you can use the website Check My Postcode here or here on Postcodes-uk.com.

So What Defines a City?

A city has a cathedral. Liverpool is famous for having two cathedrals (the Anglican Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral) to denote the two distinctions between Roman Catholic and Protestants. Chester too has a cathedral (Chester Cathedral) and so is classed as a city. Wirral does not have a cathedral and therefore is not classed a city.

What are the Towns of the Wirral?

Because the Wirral is divided into two, I’ve listed the towns as they appear under each their respective councils.

Wirral Council Cheshire West & Chester Council
Barnston
Bebington
Beechwood
Bidston
Birkenhead
Brimstage
Bromborough
Caldy
Clatterbridge
Claughton
Eastham
Egremont
Ford
Frankby
Gayton
Grange
Greasby
Heswall
Hoylake
Irby
Landican
Larton
Leasowe
Liscard
Meols
Moreton
New Brighton
New Ferry
Newton
Noctorum
Oxton
Pensby
Port Sunlight
Poulton
Prenton
Raby Mere
Raby
Rock Ferry
Saughall Massie
Seacombe
Spital
Storeton
Thingwall
Thornton Hough
Thurstaston
Tranmere
Upton
Wallasey
Wallasey Village
West Kirby
Woodchurch
Woodside
Blacon
Boughton
Chester City
Chester Villages
Davenham and Moulton
Dodleston and Huntington
Ellesmere Port Town
Elton
Farndon
Frodsham
Garden Quarter
Gowy
Grange
Great Boughton
Handbridge Park
Hartford and Greenbank
Helsby
Hoole
Kingsley
Lache
Ledsham and Manor
Little Neston and Burton
Malpas
Marbury
Neston
Netherpool
Newton
Parkgate
Rossmore
St Paul’s
Saughall and Mollington
Shakerley
Strawberry
Sutton
Tarporley
Tarvin and Kelsall
Tattenhall
Upton
Weaver and Cuddington
Whitby
Willaston and Thornton
Winnington and Castle
Winsford Over and Verdin
Winsford Swanlow and Dene
Winsford Wharton
Witton and Rudheath

In Summary

Wirral is neither a city nor a town, the question is actually a bit misguided and hopefully I’ve been able to outline the answer in this article and explain why.

I’ll admit I had to refresh some of the knowledge myself and did plenty of research to try and ensure I gave you a correct answer but if I’m wrong on anthing then please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

Also if you would like to contribute to this article I’d be happy to accept your input.


People Also Ask:

Is the Wirral classed as Liverpool?

No, it is it’s own separate entity. The Wirral lies between Liverpool, Chester and North Wales.

Is Wirral a good place to visit?

I like to think so. I’ve lived in quite a few parts of the UK for a variety of reasons and I think it’s got a bit of everything that you would want. It’s got shopping for people who want quaint little shops and the bigger high street names too. It’s also very green with lots of green belt countryside including the Wirral Way which is a fantastic place to go walking. We also have beaches and coastlines which are brilliant for family days out.

What does the Wirral mean?

The name originates from the plant “myrtle” which was once thought to cover the region, Wirral actually means “myrtle corner” for this reason. The myrtle plant is no longer found in the Wirral and it’s closes location is in Formby.

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Wirral means “Myrtle corner” this is an image of the myrtle plant

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