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Southport

Lancashire  |  England

Lord Street, Southport.JPG

Coordinates: 53°38′43″N 3°00′30″W / 53.6454°N 3.0083°W / 53.6454; -3.0083

Southport (/ˈsθpɔrt/) is a large seaside town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, 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 16.7 miles (26.9 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.

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Big cities nearby

West Lancashire    (9 km)


Big Towns nearby

Fylde    (17 km)

Crosby    (18 km)

Bootle    (20 km)


Towns nearby

Mere Brow    (8 km)

Holmes    (10 km)

Tarleton    (10 km)

Burscough    (11 km)

Sollom    (12 km)

Aughton    (13 km)

Lydiate    (13 km)

Freckleton    (16 km)

Longton    (16 km)

Aintree    (19 km)


Smaller towns nearby

Banks    (7 km)

Banks railway station    (7 km)

Scarisbrick    (7 km)

Warton    (14 km)

Croston    (15 km)

Hightown    (15 km)

Much Hoole    (15 km)

Thornton    (15 km)

Westby with Plumptons    (15 km)

Mawdesley    (16 km)

Newburgh    (16 km)

Ribby with Wrea    (16 km)

Walmer Bridge    (16 km)

Melling    (17 km)

Bickerstaffe    (18 km)

Hutton    (18 km)

Parbold    (18 km)

Ulnes Walton    (18 km)

Wesham    (18 km)

Great Marton    (19 km)

New Longton    (19 km)

Newton with Clifton    (19 km)

Staining    (19 km)

Waterloo    (19 km)

Weeton with Preese    (19 km)

Medlar with Wesham    (20 km)

Wrightington    (20 km)


Villages nearby

Ince Blundell    (13 km)

Little Altcar    (13 km)

Lathom    (14 km)

Bretherton    (15 km)

Heskin    (19 km)


Other locations nearby

Southport Railway Station    (very near)

Blowick    (2 km)

Churchtown    (2 km)

High Park    (3 km)

Kew    (3 km)

Marshside    (3 km)

Meols Cop    (3 km)

Crossens    (5 km)

Shirdley Hill    (5 km)

Halsall    (6 km)

Woodvale    (8 km)

Barton    (9 km)

Haskayne    (9 km)

Freshfield    (10 km)

Holmeswood    (10 km)

Hundred End    (10 km)

Downholland Cross    (11 km)

Harington    (11 km)

Ormskirk Urban    (11 km)

Rufford    (11 km)

Great Altcar    (12 km)

Hesketh Bank    (12 km)

Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club    (12 km)

Saint Annes on the Sea    (12 km)

West Lancashire Rural    (12 km)

Argleton    (13 km)

Aughton Lancashire    (13 km)

Carr Houses    (13 km)

Lady Green    (13 km)

Lordship of Lydiate    (13 km)

Rufford Lancashire    (13 km)

Town Green    (13 km)

Brown Moss Side    (14 km)

Westhead    (14 km)

Hoscar Moss    (15 km)

Lathom and Burscough Urban    (15 km)

Lunt    (15 km)

Bispham Green    (16 km)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Railway Station    (16 km)

Hall Cross    (16 km)

Kennessee Green    (16 km)

Little Crosby    (16 km)

Newburgh Lancashire    (16 km)

Plumpton    (16 km)

South Shore    (16 km)

Thornton Merseyside    (16 km)

Wrea Green    (16 km)

Great Crosby    (17 km)

Hilldale    (17 km)

Longton Lancashire    (17 km)

Marton    (17 km)

Moor Park    (17 km)

Netherton    (17 km)

Sefton Rural    (17 km)

Waterloo RFC    (17 km)

Andertons Mill    (18 km)

Barrow Nook    (18 km)

Bloomfield Road    (18 km)

Brighton le Sands    (18 km)

Dalton Lancashire    (18 km)

Ford    (18 km)

Kirkham Lancashire    (18 km)

Melling Merseyside    (18 km)

Molyneux    (18 km)

Newton with Scales    (18 km)

Waddicar    (18 km)

Weeton    (18 km)

Clifton    (19 km)

Eccleston Lancashire    (19 km)

Hutton Lancashire    (19 km)

Kirkby Railway Station    (19 km)

Lea Lancashire    (19 km)

Midge Hall    (19 km)

Old Roan    (19 km)

Simonswood    (19 km)

Staining Lancashire    (19 km)

Another Place    (20 km)

Kirkby Urban    (20 km)

Lea Town    (20 km)

Orrell    (20 km)

Salwick    (20 km)

Salwick Station    (20 km)

Seaforth    (20 km)

South Ribble    (20 km)

Waterloo with Seaforth Urban    (20 km)


Landmarks nearby

Wayfarers Arcade    (very near)

Pleasureland Southport    (very near)

Southport and St Anne s lifeboats disaster    (1 km)

Victoria Park    (very near)

Trafalgar Road Ground    (2 km)

Southport Botanic Gardens    (4 km)

Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club    (5 km)

Lifeboat Monument    (12 km)

Blythe Hall    (13 km)

Grade I listed churches in Lancashire    (13 km)

Rufford Old Hall    (13 km)

Scotch Piper Inn    (13 km)

Halton Castle    (14 km)

Lathom House    (15 km)

Avalanche    (16 km)

Beaver Creek    (16 km)

Big Dipper    (16 km)

Crosby Battery    (16 km)

Hot Ice Show    (16 km)

Nickelodeon Land    (16 km)

Pleasure Beach Express    (16 km)

Grand National    (17 km)

Hall Road TMD    (17 km)

Infusion    (17 km)

Sandcastle Water Park    (17 km)

South Pier    (17 km)

Switch Island    (17 km)

Wild Mouse    (17 km)

Eccleston Quarry    (18 km)

Elmslie School    (18 km)

George Bancroft Park    (18 km)

Aintree Motor Racing Circuit    (19 km)

Grand National    (19 km)

Grand Theatre    (19 km)

Rimrose Valley    (19 km)

Salisbury Woodland Gardens    (19 km)

Stanley Park    (19 km)

Blackpool Illuminations    (20 km)

Crosby Beach    (20 km)

Illuminations    (20 km)

Kingscote Park    (20 km)

Seaforth Barracks    (20 km)

Warbreck Park    (20 km)


Churches nearby

St Cuthbert s Church    (8 km)

Lytham Priory    (11 km)

St Michael and All Angels Church    (11 km)

Church of St Peter and St Paul    (12 km)

St Anne s Church    (12 km)

Becconsall Old Church    (13 km)

St Mary s Church    (13 km)

St Michael s Church    (13 km)

St Helen s Church    (16 km)

Crosby United Reformed Church    (17 km)

St Benet s Chapel    (17 km)

St John the Evangelist s Church    (17 km)

St Paul s Church    (18 km)

Old Christ Church    (19 km)

St Chad s Church    (19 km)

St James Church    (19 km)

Sacred Heart Church    (20 km)