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For other places with the same name, see Southport (disambiguation).

Southport is a large tourist town on the coast, just north of Liverpool. It is in the borough of Sefton in Merseyside. It is in the historic county of Lancashire.

Get in[edit]

TRAIN - regular trains from Liverpool in the South, and Manchester to the East BUS - regular buses (hourly at least) from Liverpool, Preston and Wigan via Ormskirk. There are 4 buses each day to and from Chorley.

Get around[edit]

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Try to hunt out the old original village to the north with a couple of great pubs and places to eat. Take a train into Liverpool to see the sights. Spend time walking under the covered victorian canopy which stretches almost the entire length of Lord St. This means you can shop in the dry whatever the whether. Visit the many parks, such as the Botanic gardens all landscaped in the high Victorian style, and still keeping their charm.

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Southport is famed for its endless Golf Courses, The Flower Show, coastal views and outdoor events. The area is home to one of the biggest International Jazz Festivals and puts on air shows each year. With over 14 golf courses in its proximity, the town is a perfect place to go for a golfing weekend. Essentially you never run out of things to do in Southport. There is always something on in the town and the relaxing atmosphere make it one of the most friendly and welcoming places around.

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Although there is not the same range of shops as Liverpool the town does boast all the main High Street names. The area around the railway station is also good for shopping.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Lord Street has really expanded its dining venues as of late, even with the closure of the well-loved Curzon new restaurants such as Asiatique and Volare are very popular and successful.

Generally the choice of places to eat is good and is not confined only to Lord Street.

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For visitors it has to be Lord Street again!

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Due to the considerable growth in tourism in the Southport area the demand for affordable and luxury accomodation in the past decade has increased significantly. This has lead to a sudden influx in new developments and old buildings being converted to new ones. For example the old ABC cinema on Lord Street has been converted into the luxury Hotel [2]. New developments include the Southport Marine Park which will house a brand new hotel.

Accommodation in the area mainly consists of bed and breakfasts and are situated close to the waterfront. This makes them attractive prospects for tourists as they can get great views and affordable prices. Southport is also home to several luxury 5 star hotels which cater mainly for business travellers.

Popular Hotels[edit]

  • Ambassador Townhouse [3] - awarded Merseyside Guest Accommodation of the Year 2009-10 and recognised as within the Top 5 B&Bs in the Northwest of England
  • Nile Hotel [4]
  • Sandown Guest House [5]
  • The Sea View [6]

Holiday Parks[edit]

  • Pontins Southport, Shore Road, Southport, [1]. Traditional seaside resort with facilities including play area, bar & restaurant and swimming pool. From £59.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Liverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008, and is booming with its buzzing nightlife, great shops, superb restuarants, bars and theatres, and its world famous waterfront. The River Mersey and the magnificent Albert Dock, along with the city's cosmopolitan character, and its rich cultural, musical and sporting heritage make it definitely worth a visit, with numerous museums of national importance, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a wealth of fine Victorian and Georgian buildings, a superb concert arena, and two very contrasting cathedrals. Liverpool One, the new city centre shopping centre, has put Liverpool in the top five most popular retail destinations in the UK. The world famous Mathew Street festival, the biggest free outdoor music festival in Europe, which takes place on August Bank Holiday weekend is a must. Take a trip to Liverpool for a great day out and make sure you include a ride on the world famous Mersey ferry, or book into one of the many splendid city centre hotels and spend a weekend to really sample the vibrant nightlife. You can get to Liverpool city centre from Southport in just 45 minutes by train using Merseyrail's northern line.
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