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Southport Town Information

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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 amusement park.

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.
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Pleasure Land and Miniature Railway - Photo © Sue Adair
Pleasure Land and Miniature Railway -
Photo: Sue Adair CCL

Southport Pier - Photo © Alan Kenwright
Southport Pier - Photo: Alan Kenwright CCL

It is also home to several world-class golf courses - including Royal Birkdale - and is one of the country’s leading conference centres.

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.

Lord Street - Photo © Doug Elliot
Lord Street - Photo: Doug Elliot CCL

Southport - Photo © Alan Halfpenny
Southport - Photo: Alan Halfpenny CCL

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.