Southport

Known for its beautiful coastline, golfing traditions, and lodgings once home to Napoleon, the seaside town of Southport in Merseyside is waiting to be explored. 

Spend your mornings mooching round Lord Street’s quaint shops, afternoons lazing on sandy Southport Beach and evenings enjoying great food, drink and entertainment. Or, if you’re after a little more action, check out the town’s famous Air Show, Pleasureland and Splash World when they’re in season.

However, you choose to enjoy your Southport getaway, make it complete with a stay at a Best Western hotel.

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Things to do in Southport

Inhale the fresh air, head out and soak up these unmissable Southport activities…

  • Beach day

If you just need to get away from it all, head to sunny Southport Beach. Enjoy coastline views, a long sandy shoreline, and devour your favourite book. You’ll also find Marshside RSPB nearby, a supreme spot for bird watching. What could be better than exploring a 22-mile coast? Don’t forget your bucket and spade!

  • Southport Pier

A beach day isn’t complete without a walk to the pier – in this case both the oldest and second largest in the country. Ice cream in hand, enjoy views of the North West on a crisp and clear day, or daydream about all the famous entertainers it’s hosted in the past, including none other than Mr Charlie Chaplin.

  • Tee off on the fairways

Explore the UK’s ‘golf coast’ with an adventure around Southport’s golf courses, host to many championships. The prestigious Royal Birkdale is key to the town’s golfing heritage and regarded as one of the best English courses – practice your putter or simply nosy around. Hillside, Formby, Hesketh and Southport & Ainsdale also deserve a space on your list! 

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Eating and drinking in Southport

Whether you want to enjoy your favourite brew in a traditional pub, taste delicacies from around the world or kick back in a relaxed café, Southport isn’t short of places to satisfy your cravings. 

  • Pub crawl

Start your crawl with a quality Cask ale at one of Southport’s most bustling spots, The Victoria, followed by a pint at Britain’s smallest pub The Lakeside Inn (if you can fit). Round it all off with a craft beer, premium gin or single malt on the upstairs patio at the Masons Arms, Southport’s “best kept secret”.

  • Ra bar

Found on the sophisticated Lord Street, this classy and elegant bar & restaurant offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere with an irresistible drinks selection and large menu. It servs breakfast, lunch and mezzah daily, which you can enjoy while watching the world go bar in its rustic outdoor seating area. 

  • Nata Factory

If you find yourself faced with queues outside Nata Factory on Eastbank Street, get in line, because they’re worth the wait. This family-run café offers Portuguese delicacies in the form of sweet treats – namely their signature custard tarts – as well as homemade soups and sandwiches. Wash it all down with the great coffee on offer. 

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Shopping in Southport

With originality at the heart of Southport’s DNA, it's guaranteed plenty of the items you pick up at one of its many shops will stand out for years to come…

  • Lord Street

This Victorian canopied boulevard, with its own picture-perfect leafy gardens, has been a go-to shopping destination for more than a century. As well as great architecture, you’ll find charming speciality shops, designer boutiques and quirky gift shops. After your shopping needs have been satisfied, enjoy a refreshment at one of its many artisan coffee shops – grab a seat outdoors if you can, then watch the world go by.

  • Arcades 

While on Lord Street, be sure to pop into Wayfarers Shopping Arcade, first opened in 1898. Flit between more than 30 exclusive stores, as you enjoy the Grade-II listed building’s glass-domed roof, period décor and vibrant atmosphere. Then, have a mooch in The Royal Arcade at the end of the street to discover antiques, collectables and bargains.

  • Wesley Street

Think pastel colours, floral displays and community spirit. This little street known as “a village in the town”, boasts many shops guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Pop into its traditional sweet shop, celebration cake makers, family photographers, wool shop, butchers, antique jewellers, cafes and more for the most wholesome of strolls. 

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Culture and history in Southport

Southport’s arty scene isn’t to be underestimated, with a trip to one of these attractions sure to make your day…

  • Southport Bijou Cinema

Enjoy classics old and new, independent films and world cinema at Southport Bijou. This cinema is all about community – it even has a chalkboard for you to write your recommendations on! There’s a clear focus on accessibility, and ‘well-behaved’ dogs are welcome in the café/bar.

  • The Atkinson

Describing itself as a “cultural pick ‘n’ mix for the family”, this 19th century arts venue is home to music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions. Whether you’re in the mood for a pantomime, musical or historical talk – or all three – this creative and inspiring space won’t disappoint.

  • British Lawnmower Museum

A quirkier option, but if vintage lawnmowers are your thing, this internationally famous museum dedicated to them won’t disappoint! Top up your knowledge on how they were invented, delve deeper into the world of antique garden machinery, or simply amuse yourself with sights of some of the rich and famous’ lawnmowers (including Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s).  

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