Come to relaxing Southport and enjoy its golf, dining and theatre.

While Southport is best known for its beaches and its coastal location, there is plenty to do here even in bad weather. Visit the town to see its annual airshow, head to an indoor water park and see a historic model village.

As it is a town that heavily relies on tourism, you’ll be met with friendly faces and lots to do in Southport. It began as a fishing town, but slowly grew into an area known for its refined beachfront atmosphere. Learn about its canal system and how this network made it easier for people across England to visit the town and develop its reputation as a top spot for leisure travelers.

Start your journey through Southport by stopping at one of its most famous landmarks: Southport Pier. This pleasure pier is the second longest in all of Great Britain and is the perfect place to take a walk and experience beautiful views of the sunset. When you have finished exploring the retail outlets and café on the pavilion, head over to Ainsdale Beach, where you can dig your toes into the sand and build sandcastles with your family.

For some amusement park fun, stop by Pleasureland. Take a ride on a roller coaster or see the sights as you ride the train around the park. In all seasons, you can also enjoy the water at Splash World, an indoor water park with colorful slides.

Wander around the Southport Model Railway Village, where miniature versions of Southport landmarks attract intrigued visitors throughout the year. During certain periods of the year, you can also explore Meols Hall, a manor house with extensive grounds.

If arriving by air, fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport or Manchester Airport. Rent a car to drive to Southport, as you will want your own means of transportation to make your way around the coastline.

Whether you want to enjoy the surf and sand or throw your hands up in the air on a thrill ride, Southport is the perfect place for a break.

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Top hotels in Southport

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Best Western Southport Seafront Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa
3 out of 5
The Promenade, Southport, England
£37/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
3.7/5Good! (686 reviews)

"Staff were great very comfortable room good breakfast will stay again"…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2019

Best Western Southport Seafront Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa
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Scarisbrick Hotel
3 out of 5
239 Lord Street, Southport, England
£32/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
2.9/5 (813 reviews)

"My 2sons and myself stayed here for 3nights July 2019 and I had to complain the first night about the noise coming from the club next to the hotel it played very loud banging music till 3am,so we got upgraded and was very happy with r suite😊 The staff were lovely and most of the ppl were the only ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2019

Scarisbrick Hotel
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Prince of Wales Hotel
3 out of 5
Lord Street, Southport, England
£34/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
3.2/5 (616 reviews)

"The hotel is old so of course there is a few dings and bangs but overall very nice atmosphere clean and plenty of hot water.... Emma on reception looked after us so well with a great sense of humour shes a star thank you"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2019

Prince of Wales Hotel

Popular things to do in Southport

Southport Pier
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Southport Pier

Walk to the end of this historic landmark in Southport for beautiful views of the sea and some exciting activities and retail experiences. 

Ainsdale Beach
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Ainsdale Beach

Walk along the sandy dunes of this picturesque beach in England for a great view of the sunset at the end of the day.

Liverpool ONE
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Liverpool ONE

Shop, dine, play a round of golf or catch the latest movies in this enormous outdoor shopping and entertainment complex, right in the heart of Liverpool.

Albert Dock
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Albert Dock

Liverpool’s fashionable waterfront precinct is home to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, and many of the city’s best museums.

Anfield Road Stadium
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Anfield Road Stadium

Many locals consider the home of Liverpool’s soccer team sacred, and on a game day it is one of the most exciting places in the city.

Beatles Story
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Beatles Story

Explore this dedicated museum to John, Paul, George and Ringo and learn the story of the Beatles.

Top activities in Southport

Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour & Museum
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Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour & Museum

£20

Go behind the scenes at Anfield Stadium, one of the world's most iconic and historic stadiums. During the Liverpool FC Stadium Tour, you will; Start your tour in the Main Stand and enjoy stunning views of the pitch and Liverpool’s skyline.

The Beatles Story Experience
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The Beatles Story Experience

£17

The Beatles Story is the leading permanent attraction dedicated to the lives and times of the Fab Four, based on the UNESCO World Heritage site on Liverpool's iconic waterfront.

Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Liverpool Airport (LPL)
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Aspire Lounge by Servisair at Liverpool Airport (LPL)

£25

Kick up your travel-weary feet with a first-class relaxation experience in the Aspire Lounge. This peaceful oasis offers a convenient escape from the airport bustle, complete with access to amenities including Wi-Fi, refreshing drinks, and snacks.

The Beatles & Liverpool Rail Trip with Magical Mystery Tour
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The Beatles & Liverpool Rail Trip with Magical Mystery Tour

£159

Spend a full day soaking up everything Beatles as you visit the home of the Fab 4—Liverpool. Enjoy this fascinating cultural city, with a journey by train from London of just over 2 hours. Once there, take advantage of an included Magical Mystery tour and admission to the Beatles Story museum.

Unbeatable Guided Walk, River Cruise & U-Boat Story
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Unbeatable Guided Walk, River Cruise & U-Boat Story

£28

Your local qualified tour guide will help you to retrace the steps of the Beatles in the Fab 4's home town. Walk from the waterfront through the World Heritage Site to see the new Beatles statues dedicated to the band and visit the unmissable “Double Fantasy” John & Yoko exhibition and visit the Cavern Club.

Liverpool Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Liverpool Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£6

Create your own magical mystery tour with a ride through the lively streets of Liverpool aboard a double-decker bus. This ride takes you around the home of the White Star Line and the Beatles with a hop-on hop-off itinerary that lets you experience all the hip sights.