Things to See and Do in Southport

The following are merely a small sample of the variety of attraction on offer in and around Southport.


RSPB Marshside

Address: Marine Drive, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9PB
Telephone: 01704 226190

There's something for everyone all year round at this delightful coastal reserve sitting on the Ribble estuary within sight of Southport pier. In the spring you can see brown hares boxing in the fields, while in the early summer you'll spot nesting birds like avocets and lapwings. During the winter months the skies fill with visiting waterfowl such as pink-footed geese and wigeons, not to mention birds of prey that can set flocks wheeling over the marshes. There are two hides, a viewing platform and three viewing screens. Beginners' assistance is on offer - please contact RSPB Marshside for details.

Tourist Information

Southport Visitor Centre

Address: The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB
Telephone: 01704 533333

Located inside The Atkinson on Lord Street, Southport Visitor Centre offers information and insight on Southport's events and attractions. Ticket sales for all Southport's major events may be purchased at Southport Visitor Centre, along with a small range of souvenirs.

Railway Station

Birkdale Railway Station

Address: Liverpool Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 4AR

Alight here for Birkdale Village. For Royal Birkdale, use Hillside Station.

Parks & Gardens

Hesketh Park

Address: Park Crescent, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9NW
Telephone: 01704 540070

Rotten Row & Victoria Park

Address: Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1ET

Kings Gardens & Marine Lake

Address: Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1QX

2013/14 sees huge investment in King's Gardens to renovate many of the Victorian features that make these centrepiece Southport gardens so glorious. The Marine Lake is a hive of activity during summer months with watersports and leisure craft sharing this wonderful saltwater lake.

Botanic Gardens

Address: Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7NB


Genting Casino

Address: Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ
Telephone: 01704 537427

A night out to remember with excellent dining, dancefloor and entertainment. For those wanting the thrill of gaming, there are blackjack, poker and roulette tables. Membership is not required, though entry is only permitted to those of 18+ years.


The Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Address: Waterloo Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LX
Telephone: 01704 552020

Amongst a wide range of premier golf tournaments, The Royal Birkdale Golf Club regularly plays host to the PGA Open Golf Championship, The Ladies' Open and British Seniors Open thanks to the impressive links course that has established Birkdale amongst the very best golf courses throughout the world. Visitor tees are extremely limited, so please book well in advance: some Southport Hotels Association member properties offer bespoke golf breaks and might be able to assist.

Hillside Golf Club

Address: Hastings Road, Hillside, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LU
Telephone: 01704 567169

Some say a better golf course than it's adjacent neighbour The Royal Birkdale, Hillside Golf Club offers Championship standard links golf to visiting golfers of a good standard. Visitor tees are limited, so please book ahead: some Southport Hotels Association member properties offer bespoke golf breaks and can organise for you.


Southport Pier

Address: Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1QX

Whilst many British seaside piers have crumbled in neglect, Southport Pier was first opened in 1860 and not only remains sound, but a popular destination for Southport visitors and residents alike. Proud to be Britain's oldest iron pier and also its second longest, Southport Pier runs 1,112 metres (1,216 yards in old money) from the Promenade, over King's Gardens and the Marine Lake and out into the Irish Sea. The Pier entrance is watched-over by Silcock's wonderful Golden Gallopers carousel and for a small fee, a clean, contemporary tram will transport the weary-legged along the pier's full length.

Silcock's Funland

Address: Pier Forecourt, Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1QX
Telephone: 01704 536733

Silcock's Funland and the century old Golden Gallopers carousel that, to many, characterises Southport Promenade offers year-round fun and excitement for all the family. Free to enter, Silcock's Funland sits pride of place at the entrance to Southport Pier as Southport's largest family amusements centre. Open every day of the year no matter what the weather, this indoor cacophony of lights and sounds will keep the whole family engaged for hours.

Windmill Animal Farm

Address: Fish Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 1UQ
Telephone: 01704 892282

Windmill Animal Farm located between Southport and Burscough offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of a working farm while having the chance to watch, feed, touch and play with the animals. Children's indoor and outdoor play areas.

British Lawnmower Museum

Address: 106-114 Shakespeare Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 5AJ
Telephone: 01704 501336

A uniquely British experience and listed amongst Britain's top 10 most unusual attractions. Set a just short distance from Southport town centre, this wonderful collection of lawnmowers and lawn care memorabilia is well worth a visit, no matter how interested you think you aren't in grass maintenance!

Play Town

Address: 13a Ocean Plaza, Marine Drive, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1SQ
Telephone: 01704 778444

Well managed and maintained soft play centre packed with fun and adventurous activities for children 4'10" (148 cm) or smaller. Under 4s section for safe play away from the bigger children. Theme days and events.

Vue Cinema

Address: Ocean Plaza, Marine Drive, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1SQ
Telephone: 0871 224 0240

Southport's multiplex cinema bringing the latest release blockbuster movies to Southport's Ocean Plaza.

Southport New Pleasureland

Address: Marine Drive, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RX
Telephone: 01704 532717

Dunes Splash World

Address: Esplanade, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RR


Southport Theatre

Address: Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ
Telephone: 01704 500036

Forming part of the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre complex, Southport Theatre plays home to a wide range of concerts, shows, events and of course, the annual pantomime. Oh yes it does!

Little Theatre Southport

Address: 20 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
Telephone: 01704 530460

Home to Southport Dramatic Club, Southport Little Theatre is a thriving hive of entertainment activity throughout the year.

The Atkinson: Theatre | Library | Museum | Gallery

Address: Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB
Telephone: 01704 533333

Southport's magnificent cultural centre comprising Southport Theatre, Art Gallery, Museum and Southport Central Library sits handsomely dominating Lord Street right in the heart of Southport. Top class thetare and arts productions sit alongside frequently changing arts exhibitions to make The Atkinson a regular feature on any household and visitor destination list.

Antony Gormley's Another Place

Address: Hall Road West (or Cambridge Road or Mariners Road), Crosby, Merseyside, L23 8SY
Telephone: 0151 934 2967

Time your visit to this amazing outdoor attraction during low or tuning tide. Crosby Beach lies approximately 30 minutes by train from Southport and hosts 100 iron figures cast from the artists' own bodies then erected over a 3km area. Anthony Gormley's simple yet remarkable installation is especially rewarding at sunset on a clear evening. For car parking, use Hall Road West (post code L23 8SY).

Beach & Nature

Ainsdale Beach & Sandhills Nature Reserve

Address: Shore Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2QB

A vast expanse of sand flanked by world-renowned sandhills and dunes great for all the family to enjoy, Ainsdale Beach is widely recognised as one of the premier beaches in the UK for extreme kite activities. The Ainsdale Discovery Centre, situated adjacent to the beach and Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve, provides local information and free cycle hire.

National Trust Formby Pine Woods & Beach

Address: Victoria Road, Freshfield, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1LJ
Telephone: 01704 878591

Britain's native red squirrel is now endagered and confined to only a few pockets across the United Kingdom. Just a short drive from Southport, Formby's pinewoods offers a rare opportunity to see this much loved creature under the protection of The National Trust. In addition to the red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered - part of Formby's amazing and ever changing landscape.


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