Kite surfing on Ainsdale Beach



Southport is known as England's classic resort

Southport offers over 22 miles of beautiful beaches, sand dunes, nature reserves, parks, art galleries, theatre, fantastic shopping, Championship golf courses and England's oldest second longest pier!

Travelling to Southport

By car - from the south exit the M6 junction 26 to the M58 and from Ormskirk the A570 to Southport. From the north follow the A59 from Preston (junction 31 on the M6) and follow the signs to Southport.

By rail - Regular services to Southport connect with intercity services from Liverpool, Manchester and Wigan

By coach - National Express serve Southport from all major cities.

By air - Liverpool John Lennon, Manchester and Blackpool airports are all within easy reach

As a coastal resort Southport can offer beautiful sandy beaches, a panoramic sea front and a recently restored magnificent Victorian Pier. This is the oldest surviving iron pier in the UK and the longest overland pier in the country, with its state-of-the-art Pier Tram and 'penny-in-the-slot" amusement machines. 

Adjacent is Marine Lake, the largest man-made leisure lake in the U.K, and Marine Way Bridge. The Marine Way Bridge is a stunning new landmark for Southport with the dramatic floodlit bridge now linking the seafront to the town centre.
The Marine lake boasts various attractions such as the Miniature Railway Village and Southport Belle Mississippi style paddleboat that will take you on a scenic tour along Southport's Victorian seafront. For the more adventurous, motor boats are available to hire.

Another exciting attraction is the new all weather water park Splash World which contains an exciting array of water features including a Tube Ride, 4 Lane Multi Slide, Lazy River, Bubble Spa and Water Curtains. It's fantastic fun for families and children of all ages with a shallow water children's area, large central play feature and water cannon. with high speed water slides.


For golf lovers Southport is home to the UK's highest concentration of championship links courses and is England's Golfing Capital on England's Golf Coast. But Southport's reputation for being England's Golfing Capital is not just based on Royal Birkdale it boasts another five championship standard courses within 15 minutes drive from the town centre and a sixth only half an hour away. Hillside, Formby, Hesketh, Southport and Ainsdale, Formby Hall and West Lancashire Golf Clubs are all superb courses providing a challenge to the most accomplished golfer. For accommodation in and around Southport click Southport accommodation listings page HERE

What's On

Southport offers a full programme of events including Southport Flower Show from the 20th -23rd August this year, Southport Airshow, Summer Classics - Music in the Park, British Musical Fireworks Championships, Southport Food & Drink Festival, The Southport International Jazz Festival and many more.


Victorian Lord Street with its wide range of high street and unique stores is a shoppers paradise The leafy boulevard with its glass-canopied shops and stunning Wayfarers Arcade, make it one of the Northwest's leading shopping destinations. Chapel Street is pedestrianised for relaxed traffic free shopping. The Market Hall in King Street features traditional stalls with bargains galore.

After dark Southport offers a vibrant and varied nightlife. The Southport Arts Centre on Lord Street provides guests with great evening's entertainment, hosting theatrical performances from both professional and amateur shows including live theatre, plays and musicals.

The Southport Theatre on the Promenade offers a varied programme of weekly shows and concerts and The Little Theatre on Hoghton Street presents amateur shows throughout the year.

The Ocean Plaza is home to restaurants, a cinema multiplex and bowling alley alongside several retail outlets.

Something to eat?

Traditional British, Chinese, Thai Mexican, Japanese, Greek, Lebanese, Spanish or Indian, what ever your taste you will find something to suit in Southport. Many restaurants and bars offer alfresco dining during the summer months.

The Coastline

Southport Beach is perfect for families with miles of golden sand. Parking is plentiful with easy access to the Pier and Marine Way Bridge.

Ainsdale on Sea is one of the most popular beaches for kitesurfing, kitebuggying and windsurfing. Rare and protected wildlife have made their homes amongst the many sand dunes which back the beach.

Formby point offers miles of sand dunes and pinewoods. The woodland reserve behind the beach is managed by the National Trust and visitors may be able to spot a red squirrel. Unfortunately the population of red squirrels was decimated last year by disease spread by the grey squirrel.

Crosby Beach has now become synonymous with the spectacular sculpture "Another Place" by Anthony Gormley, which consists of 100 cast iron figures which stretch for almost 2 miles along the shore and over 1/2 a mile out to sea. 

Southport and the surrounding area is the perfect short break or day trip destination, with beautiful beaches, great attractions, superb shopping and a variety of restaurants to suit every taste.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015