Kirkby now lying on the edge of Liverpool's urban area, is a new town that developed in the post-War years when the Earls of Sefton, owners of the land, sold the right to build to Liverpool Corporation.
The Corporation needed to provide housing for those made homeless by the Blitz and for workers at Kirkby's fast-growing industrial estate.
Kirkby's newly-refurbished town centre is set out around a pedestrianised area at St Chad's Parade. As well as the usual shops there is a large open market to visit (open Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays).
The Acornfield Plantation Local Nature Reserve, on Spinney Road, is one of the few remaining woods of the original Manor of Kirby.
Acorn Farm Depot Road, Kirkby L33 3AR
A day out at the farm. Acorn Farm information
Acornfield Plantation Spinney Road, Knowsley Industrial Park, Kirkby L33 7YX
Take a walk in a nature reserve. Acornfield Plantation information