Southport, Merseyside

Merseyside is a densely populated coastal county, lots of people, spirit, humour, lots to see - from land and air.

Southport is a seaside resort town on the north Merseyside coast (part of Lancashire until 1973, Southport is still part of the Preston postal area). Southport used to be a very popular holiday destination before mass foreign travel became widely affordable. It is still a popular destination, especially for day-trippers in the summer months. It is easy to see why. There is a long wide sandy beach stretching from Formby Point (to the south) up to Southport Pleasureland. Visitor attractions include camping and caravan facilities, a Model Village, the Royal Birkdale Golf course, Pleasureland (amusements), and lots of interesting shopping along Southport's famous "Lord Street".

Access to Southport by road is along the A565 from Liverpool or the motorway network (after the end of the M57). Southport also has a railway station with frequent services to both Liverpool city centre (south) and Wigan (to the east). There are also several airfields around Southport. Pleasure flights in small aeroplanes are available during the summer months and pilot training is also available in this area (see also Blackpool airport).
Other places in the area around Southport include Ansdale, Woodvale, Hillside, Birkdale, Scarisbrick, Churchtown, Marshside, and Brown Edge, to mention just a few.

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