Southport lies on the Irish sea coast in North West England, just 17 miles north from Liverpool and 15 miles south from Preston on the southern side of the mouth of the Ribble estuary.
Its got fantastic train links to Liverpool (45 minutes) and Manchester (75 minutes) with trains running from the town on a regular basis and the Liverpool John Lennon Airport just a 45 minute drive away.
The town became popular as a tourist destination at the turn of the 19th century as it was easy to access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Things to do and see in Southport are largely focused on family entertainment but people of all ages will enjoy what it has to offer. The historic Southport pier features is the second longest seaside pier in the country and has its very own tramway, and the main street through the town, Lord Street, was once home to Napoleon III of France – which can be seen in the french inspired architecture still in place on the street.
South of the town there are extensive sand dunes that make for a beautiful spot to walk in and the Ainsdale dunes have been designated as a national nature reserve and Ramsar site.
Theres a whole host of things to do in Southport from its nationally recognised independent Flower Show held every August, to its annual air show which takes place over the beach. The town is located close to a huge number of popular golf courses and has lots of entertainment to offer thanks to its retail and leisure parks, its Pleasureland Resort and the Kings Gardens on the seafront which is home to a fantastic play area and Southport’s very own model railway and miniature railway line.
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