Don’t be fooled into thinking
that Southport is merely a seaside resort; while
it possesses a genuine charm this is in stark
contrast to some of its main attractions, which
include a top-rated casino and a white-knuckle
A place for eclectic tastes, it has been described as the 'Paris of the North' and each year hosts a series of international events ranging from the famous Southport Flower Show to an air show and an annual jazz festival.
It is also home to several
world-class golf courses - including Royal
Birkdale - and is one of the country’s leading
Thanks to ever-retreating seas, this placid seaside town not only boasts one of Britain’s widest beaches but also possesses the country’s second longest pier – refurbished at a cost of £7 million – and a new pavilion.
Lord Street, with its arcades,
fountains and gardens offers a continental-style
shopping experience and reputedly Elysee.
The town came to the fore in the late 18th century when an innkeeper built the first bathing house on the sands and started a tourist boom.
When a railway from Liverpool was built in the early 19th century sand dunes were reclaimed for housing and modern-day Southport began to take shape.
Southport has a huge Victorian
boating lake and a number of sumptuous gardens -
its Botanic Gardens are world-famous.
Nearby places of interest include the National Trust’s red squirrel reserve, the West Lancashire Light Railway, the Southport model railway and, curiously, the British Lawnmower Museum; one of its exhibits is Prince Charles and Princess Diana's old mower!
A key centre for golfers, the town boasts a number of 18-hole courses including Royal Birkdale.