The origins of Parkgate can be traced back to the former Neston Park, which was created as a deer park in about 1250. Since then, the fortune of Parkgate has been determined to a great extent by changes in the River Dee, on whose estuary Parkgate stands.
A brief history of Parkgate can be read on our pages "Parkgate History". There is a wide range of books and other published material written about Parkgate, and a list containing some of these can be found on our "Further Reading" page. Some of these have been written by members of the Parkgate Society.
We not only attempt to maintain the heritage of Parkgate, we are very keen to share it with visitors and residents alike. To this end, we have created a heritage trail, which leads the visitor along The Parade, and takes in many of our important buildings. 7 of these buildings are identified with black and bronze heritage plaques, each of which briefly outlines the heritage of that building. An interactive website, http://www.parkgateheritagetrail.org/home/ describes the buildings on the trail; the pages can be accessed directly from a mobile phone using the QR codes displayed on the buildings. A heritage trail booklet is also available, which provides an accompanying narative about the buildings. We have a large number of listed and historic buildings in Parkgate, and hope to include more of these buildings into this trail in the future.
Some of the streets in Parkgate date back to early times, and a list of Parkgate streets, and the background to their names, can be found here.
For a small community, Parkgate has some of the finest eating and drinking establishments in Cheshire, boasting award winning restaurants and not one, but two, award winning ice cream shops. The fish & chip restaurant and take-away is also a great visitor attraction as well. A full list of these establishments and more can be found on the "Traders" page.
As well as the heritage trail walk, there are a number of general walks in Parkgate that take in the scenery of the estuary and its marsh, and the surrounding countryside. A map and brief details of some selected routes can be found on our "Short Walks" page.
The Dee marsh is administered by the RSPB. The Dee Estuary reserve is one of the most important reserves in the U.K for wading birds and boasts good populations of raptors and grey heron, and the little egret population is one of the largest in the U.K. The reserve covers most of the Dee shoreline from The Point of Ayr, on the Welsh side, right round to Gayton Sands, north of Parkgate, on the Wirral side. The Burton Mere Wetlands site is the RSPB centre for this reserve.