If you’re staying in Liverpool city centre, you can hop onto a Merseyrail train towards Southport from Liverpool Central or Moorfields station.

Start the day enjoying the outdoors. King’s Gardens are a particular highlight,surrounded in historic glory. Walk down towards the Pier, Great Britain’s second largest Pier. The more adventurous may even choose to walk as far as Ainsdale to see its impressive pine woods, which sit alongside the beach.

Alternatively, golfers may choose to make the most of Southport’s world-class courses; including Royal Birkdale, host of the Open Championship on nine occasions, most recently in 2008.


Lord Street is the jewel in Southport’s crown. The town’s main shopping street, it is said to be an inspiration for the tree-lined boulevards of Paris following a period in which Napoleon III lived in Southport.

Nowadays you may not see many French emperors, but you will see a wide range of cafes, restaurants, shops, public gardens and beautifully preserved buildings right down the avenue. It’s a perfect place to spend a few hours, exploring both the main stretch and its many side streets.

A highlight is The Atkinson, a multi-media venue which incorporates an art gallery, theatre and regular cultural events. There’s a very full calendar at The Atkinson, so check the programme to see what’s on.


The nightlife of Southport caters for every need, from cosy to plush. There are many excellent restaurants making full use of the town’s excellent location for fresh produce. Why not book a table at V Sushi Bar at The Vincent, or The Warehouse on West Street? Or, if you want a flavour of Spain on the Sefton coast, El Rincon Bodega has excellent food as well as an expertly compiled wine list. For fans of real ale, meanwhile, Barons Bar has a huge selection of beers in grand surroundings.


Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Golf Course
Royal Birkdale Clubhouse

Top ranked course in England, host of 9 Open Championships, The Ryder Cup, The Senior British Open and The Ricoh Women's British Open.

Southport Pier
Southport Pier

The second longest pier in Britain, Southport Pier was first opened in 1860 with an original length of 3,600 ft.

The Atkinson
Theatre / Venue
The Atkinson

The Atkinson is home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history.

Barons Bar
Barons Bar

Traditional pub decorated in the style of a Baronial Hall with an excellent collection of real ale on offer.

V Cafe & Sushi Bar
V Cafe & Sushi Bar


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