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Summer Days Out: Ten things you must do when you visit Southport

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Summer Days Out: Ten things you must do when you visit Southport
Southport Pleasureland

There’s nothing quite like Summer at the seaside, and we have a boss one less than an hour from Liverpool City Centre. 

Southport is always on the cards for a nice Summer’s day from leisurely strolls along the iconic pier to immersing yourself in the beauty of the Botanic Gardens, Southport has something for everyone. 

Whether you’re seeking family-friendly amusement, relaxation on the sandy beaches, or indulging in retail therapy, this seaside town is ready to welcome you with open arms.

Make things easier for yourself by jumping on a Merseyrail train – the journey is just under 50 minutes from Liverpool Central, and takes you right into Southport’s Town Centre, saves all that messing about with parking doesn’t it? 

Check out these 10 things you have to do when you visit Southport:

Explore the Pier

Southport Pier
Southport Pier Credit: Shuterstock

Not only does Southport have 22 miles of coast but also boasts the Grade II listed Southport Pier, the oldest iron pier in the country, standing for over 150 years. Take a leisurely stroll along the UK’s second-longest pier, enjoying panoramic views of the coastline and the town. 

A walk to the end of Southport Pier will give you views across the North West and on a clear day you can see neighbouring Blackpool and even the North Wales coast.

For more info click here

Visit the Botanic Gardens

Southport Botanic Gardens
Credit: visitsouthport.com
Southport Botanic Gardens Credit: visitsouthport.com

Just a few minutes out of the Southport centre in Churchtown is Southport’s Botanic Gardens. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at the stunning gardens, home to a variety of plants, a lake, and even a Victorian fernery. 

There is an aviary, gift shop and café too, so there’s plenty to see and explore.

For more info click here.

Take a ride at Pleasureland

Southport Pleasureland
Southport Pleasureland

Experience the thrills and excitement of amusement park rides and attractions suitable for the whole family. 

It’s free entry to the park grounds and facilities. If you wish to go on any of the rides you will need to purchase a rider wristband which you can do so by booking online in advance.

For more info click here

Relax on the Beach

Sunset over Southport Pier and Beach
Sunset over Southport Pier and Beach

You can leave the hustle & bustle of the town behind, walk five minutes and be standing at the end of the country’s second longest pier with nothing but coastal views and the peace, tranquillity and relaxation this brings. 

Enjoy the sandy shores, soak up the sun, or take a leisurely walk along the coast, breathing in the fresh sea air.

For more info click here.

Explore the shops

Photo: Andrew Brown Media
Photo: Andrew Brown Media

Discover a range of independent shops, boutiques, and well-known retailers in the town centre, perfect for a spot of retail therapy.

Play a round of golf

Southport Municipal Golf Links. Credit: Visit Southport
Southport Municipal Golf Links. Credit: Visit Southport

Known as England’s Golf Coast, Southport is home to several renowned golf courses, offering a challenging and picturesque experience for golf enthusiasts.

Visit The Atkinson

The Atkinson
The Atkinson

Catch a live performance or show at the iconic Southport Theatre, known for its diverse program of entertainment.

For more info click here.

Discover the British Lawnmower Museum

Credit: British Lawnmower Museum
Credit: British Lawnmower Museum

Enter the fascinating world of this internationally famous Museum and have a unique experience. 

Unusual but fascinating, the British Lawnmower Museum showcases a vast collection of vintage lawnmowers and garden machinery.

For more info click here.

Take a walk along Marine Lake

Credit: visitsouthport.com
Credit: visitsouthport.com

At Marine Lake you’ll find a choice of water based activities to keep the whole family entertained. Marine Lake also has pedalos and motor boats for hire as well as offering high speed rides on a power boat.

For more info click here

Indulge in the dining scene

Sample a wide range of culinary delights at the town’s restaurants, cafes, and pubs, offering everything from traditional British cuisine to international flavours. Places like The Grand Southport or Southport Market will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.

For more on Southport you can click here.

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