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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For visitors it has to be Lord Street again!
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 . 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.