In a lively city where you can feel the energy running throughout its streets, the quaint old village of Woolton is an attractive destination for those who enjoy the drive away from the eventful city centre and into the peaceful leafy suburb.
Dating back to the 12th century, Woolton is one of Liverpool’s oldest areas and in fact, was only incorporated into the city of Liverpool in 1913. Its many years of separation and independency as a village can still be felt today, it has a distinctly different vibe and despite its busy local pubs, still has a much more relaxed atmosphere than other local suburbs.
With charming terraced houses, three churches and a beautiful centre where local businesses thrive with support from the community, this affluent village is the perfect place for those who enjoy the more subdued life.
1John Lennon and Paul McCartney, from The Beatles, met at a garden fete hosted by St. Peter’s Church in 1957.2Woolton was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, albeit under a less recognisable name, ‘Uluentune’. 3Celebrity Chef, Simon Rimmer, owns The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse right in the heart of Woolton Village, a popular place to visit, especially in summer due to its outdoor seating area. 4The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem had land in Woolton, allowing a safe passage to Christian pilgrims to The Holy Land. It was taken off them by Queen Elizabeth I in 1559. 5Local Playwright, Willy Russell, responsible for the theatrical hits of Blood Brothers, Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine lives in Woolton.
Lifestyle & Activities
If you are looking for a relaxed area that has a slow-paced lifestyle and great community feel, then Woolton should definitely be top of your list.
As it is considered to be one of the more affluent areas, house prices tend to be higher, however, with its location being within walking distance of beautiful greenspaces including Reynolds Park and Allerton Towers, it is a price that many are willing to pay. With the sheer amount of greenspace that surrounds Woolton, it is an area where you see many people jogging and children playing sports in the parks.
Its strong community vibe means that independent stores thrive here and the more vintage of places are still full of life, including The Woolton Picture House, built in 1926, which still shows films today on its single screen. Despite it being a quiet village, Woolton’s sophisticated pubs attract people from across the city, looking to sample a taste of the relaxed but atmospheric nightlife. Although the age range of punters tends to be older, the area does attract younger guests who are averse to the rowdy city centre bars, creating a lovely mix of people.
Your local train station is Hunts Cross Station.
Hunts Cross Train Station to Liverpool Central - journey time around 17 Minutes.
Hunts Cross Station to Moorfields - journey time around 20 Minutes.
There are two buses which pass through Woolton including the number 75 and number 78.
Woolton to Liverpool - journey time around 35-45 Minutes
With the village having three key churches, many of the educational establishments are church schools including Bishop Martin Church of England Primary School and Much Woolton Catholic Primary School, each using the religious teachings to help children learn and grow.
For secondary schools, St. Julie’s Catholic High is a female-only school and has recently been voted as a ‘good’ school with ‘outstanding’ leadership and management by Ofsted. For young men, the male-only St. Francis Xavier’s College which has a speciality focus on Mathematics and Computing. Both St. Julie’s and St. Francis Xavier’s have been given ‘academy’ status.
Woolton also has some great choices for children who need a little more care and attention from teachers. The Abbots Lea School provides high-quality education for children with autism and the co-educational Woolton Secondary School specifically caters for children who have social, emotional and mental health needs.
Bars & Restaurants
The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse
Locally pub in the heart of Woolton.
Address - 1 Woolton St, Liverpool L25 5NH
Telephone - 0151 909 3909
The Pickled Olive
The Picked Olive may be a 2017 newcomer but having brought a blast of modernity to an otherwise traditional Woolton Village, it has fast become an exciting place to catch up with friends, perfecting the art of suburban socialising. Guests can choose from an exciting cocktail menu, each served so beautifully that guests would be forgiven for thinking that they were in a cool London bar, where perfectly Instagrammable cocktails look almost too good to drink. There is no better way to spend an afternoon than in this swanky bar and you can even bring along your better half, the dog!
Address - The Pickled Olive, 12 Woolton St, Liverpool L25 5JA
Great food, excellent beers, spirits, coffee & live music!
Address -49A Allerton Rd, Liverpool L25 7RE
Telephone - 0151 428 4988
The White Horse
A traditional pub located in the heart of Woolton Village
Address - The White Horse, 2 Acrefield Rd, Liverpool L25 5JL
Telephone - 0151 428 2255