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Metropolitan borough
Wallasey Town Hall
Wallasey Town Hall
Official logo of Wirral
Coat of arms
Wirral shown within Merseyside
Wirral shown within Merseyside
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Constituent country  England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Merseyside
Established 1 April 1974
 • Total 60.6 sq mi (157.0 km2)
Area rank 185th
Population (2005 est.)
 • Rank Ranked
 • Ethnicity 98.3% white
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode area CH
Dialling code 0151
ISO 3166 code GB-WRL
GSS code E08000015
NUTS 3 code UKD74
ONS code 00CB

The Metropolitan Borough of Wirral is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, in North West England. It has a population of 320,295, and encompasses 60 square miles (160 km2) of the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula. Major settlements include Birkenhead, Wallasey, Bebington, Heswall, Hoylake and West Kirby. The city of Liverpool over the Mersey, faces the northeastern side of Wirral. Bordering is the River Mersey to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and the River Dee to the west; the borough of Cheshire West and Chester occupies the remainder of the Wirral Peninsula and borders the borough of Wirral to the south.


The borough was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the county boroughs of Birkenhead and Wallasey, along with the municipal borough of Bebington and the urban districts of Hoylake and Wirral.

Places of interest

Wirral Council maintains five designated Local Nature Reserves: Bidston Moss, Dibbinsdale, Heswall Dales, Hilbre Island and Thurstaston Common. It also operates the Merseyside part of Wirral Country Park, which was the first country park to be established in Britain.

International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in the United Kingdom

Twin towns — sister cities

The Metropolitan Borough of Wirral is twinned or has sister city relationships with:

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