"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Southport

Southport is a large seaside town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, England. During the 2001 census Southport was recorded as having a population of 90,336, making it the eleventh most populous settlement in North West England. The endonym for people from Southport is "Sandgrounder".

Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast of North West England and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary. The town is situated 16.5 miles (26.6 km) to the north of the city of Liverpool and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) southwest of the city of Preston.

Historically a part of Lancashire, the town in its present form was founded in 1792 when William Sutton, an innkeeper from Churchtown, built a bathing house at what now is the south end of Lord Street, the town's main thoroughfare. At that time the area, known as South Hawes, was sparsely populated and was dominated by sand dunes. At the turn of the 19th century the area became popular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the town quickly grew. The rapid growth of Southport largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. Town attractions include Southport Pier with its Southport Pier Tramway, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles and Lord Street, an elegant tree-lined shopping street, once home of Napoleon III of France.

Extensive sand dunes stretch for several miles between Birkdale and Woodvale to the south of the town. The Ainsdale sand dunes have been designated as a National Nature Reserve in England and a Ramsar site. Local fauna include the Natterjack toad and the Sand lizard. The town contains examples of Victorian architecture and town planning, on Lord Street and elsewhere. A particular feature of the town is the extensive tree planting. This was one of the conditions required by the Hesketh family when they made land available for development in the 19th century. Hesketh Park at the northern end of the town is named after the Hesketh family, having been built on land donated by Rev. Charles Hesketh.

Southport today is still one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. It hosts varied events including an annual air show on and over the beach, and the largest independent flower show in the UK in Victoria Park. The town is at the centre of England's Golf Coast and has hosted The Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Local authority: Sefton Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SD334170

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Things to see and do in and around Southport

  • Model Railway Village
  • British Lawnmower Museum
  • Dunes Splash World
  • Southport Theatre and Floral Hall Complex
  • Battlefield Live Southport
  • Playtown Southport
  • Premier Bowl and Laser Southport
  • Giggles Gym
  • The Southport Treasure Trail
  • Hesketh Park
  • Meols Hall
  • Leisure Lakes Equestrian Centre

Tourist Information

Southport
Tourist Information Centre
112 Lord Street
Merseyside
England
PR8 1NY

Phone 01704 533 333
http://www.visitsouthport.com/

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Weather

Forecast for Monday 26 June

06:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 12°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
NNW
Pressure 1015
Humidity 75%
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 2mph.
NNW
Pressure 1015
Humidity 63%
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12:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
NW
Pressure 1015
Humidity 55%
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15:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
NNW
Pressure 1014
Humidity 52%
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18:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
NE
Pressure 1013
Humidity 58%
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21:00


Chance of rain 48%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
ENE
Pressure 1012
Humidity 73%
UV Index n/a
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