Southport

Travel Guide
Southport featuring 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.

Dukes Folly Hotel
Dukes Folly Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is €95 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Situated in Southport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Splash World, Little Theatre Southport and Southport Pier. Genting Casino Southport and Floral ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (95 reviews)
"We just come back from the dukes folly hotel had an excellent stay. The room was excellent and clean. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was amazing. We can't wait to return."

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2021

Dukes Folly Hotel
Bliss Hotel Southport
Bliss Hotel Southport
4 out of 5
The price is €104 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is steps away from Southport Pier, Genting Casino Southport and Floral Hall. Southport Theatre and Little Theatre Southport ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (772 reviews)
"Location was nice, views was lovely, Reception staff were really helpful and polite. Breakfast staff not as friendly, but did the job. Overall a really nice place to stay and would stay again."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2021

Bliss Hotel Southport
The Vincent Hotel
The Vincent Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is €129 per night from 10 Nov to 10 Nov
Located in the heart of Southport, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Southport Pier, Floral Hall and Southport Theatre. Splash World and Royal Birkdale ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (443 reviews)
"Good location for the town and seafront, really friendly and helpful staff, nice restaurant and rooms were spacious modern and clean."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

The Vincent Hotel
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Beach House - Penthouse 3 Bed Apartment
Beach House - Penthouse 3 Bed Apartment
3.5 out of 5
The price is €163 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Situated in Southport, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Splash World, Taylor's Bank and Southport Pier. Little Theatre Southport and Genting ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Lovely stay
"Good clean rooms, free wifi, large kitchen, spacious living room. Need to climb 2 flights of stairs. Best shower is in the en-suite."

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2021

Beach House - Penthouse 3 Bed Apartment
Southport Holiday Park
Southport Holiday Park
2 out of 5
Located in Ainsdale, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Ainsdale Beach and Taylor's Bank. Southport and Ainsdale ...
2.6/5 (222 reviews)
"Nice individual chalets, quite spacious open plan and a good base"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Southport Holiday Park
The Shelbourne Apartments
The Shelbourne Apartments
4 out of 5
Situated in Southport, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Splash World, Southport Pier and Little Theatre Southport. Genting Casino Southport ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (55 reviews)
"Absolutely fantastic place to stay. This is my second time staying at the Shelbourne Apartments (two different apartments) and I cannot fault either. Spacious, clean, and perfectly located. This is the only place I will stay in Southport from now on."

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

The Shelbourne 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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