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Southport
Travel Guide

Southport showing heritage architecture

Lovely beaches, plenty of natural beauty and entertainment options for the whole family await at this coastal town in North West England. 

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.

Where to stay in Southport

Bliss Hotel Southport
Bliss Hotel Southport
4 out of 5
Marine Lake, Southport Promenade, Southport, England
The price is £80 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Southport Pier and Splash World. Genting Casino Southport and Floral Hall are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (733 reviews)
"Lovely room and staff very helpful especially in these difficult times. Breakfast was excellent. Definitely visit again"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2020

Bliss Hotel Southport
Prince of Wales Hotel
Prince of Wales Hotel
3 out of 5
Lord Street, Southport, England
The price is £38 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Situated in Southport, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Little Theatre Southport and Splash World. Southport Pier and Genting Casino Southport ...
3.2/5 (748 reviews)
"Very friendly staff during these times unfortunately not usual amenities at this location but they looked very good"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2021

Prince of Wales Hotel
The Lord Street Hotel, BW Signature Collection
The Lord Street Hotel, BW Signature Collection
4 out of 5
180 Lord St, Southport, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £62 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Southport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Little Theatre Southport and Splash World. Floral Hall and Southport Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Great
"Amazing service staff was lovely couldn’t fault"

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2020

The Lord Street Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Stylish and Immaculate 2-bed Apartment in Leigh
Stylish and Immaculate 2-bed Apartment in Leigh
3 out of 5
167A Wigan Road, Leigh, Leigh, England
Situated in Leigh, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Leigh Sports Village and within 9 miles (15 km) of Haydock Park Racecourse and University of ...
Stylish and Immaculate 2-bed Apartment in Leigh
SANDPIPER HOLIDAY APARTMENTS
SANDPIPER HOLIDAY APARTMENTS
3.5 out of 5
Nestled on the beach, this South Shore apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Blackpool Beach, Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Blackpool ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Really good
"Really clean and comfortable can’t fault it will be booking for my next trip to Blackpool"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

SANDPIPER HOLIDAY APARTMENTS
Winter Gardens Service Apartments
Winter Gardens Service Apartments
3 out of 5
77 Adelaide St, Blackpool, England
Located in Blackpool Town Center, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Winter Gardens and Blackpool Grand Theatre. Blackpool Tower and Blackpool ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Short stay
"Very clean and comfortable apartment. Easy to get hold of the contact to check in. Simple key exchange as it is all digital. Very pleased."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2020

Winter Gardens Service Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Southport

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4/5 - Good

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14 Mar 2020

Well looked after. Worth a visit.

3/5 - Okay

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9 Mar 2020

Easy to get to other places such as Lytham St. Annes. The shopping was good on Lord Street.

3/5 - Okay

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28 Feb 2020

Its a shame to see so many buildings boarded up.. PArts of the ses front loomed scruffy.

4/5 - Good

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2 Feb 2020

Enjoyed concert at The Atkinson and excellent gluten-free meal at Trattoria 51. Good train service.

4/5 - Good

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1 Feb 2020

Getting more expensive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Really enjoyed visiting Southport. Lots to do and catered well for little ones.

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