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Situated in the buzzing metropolitan county of Merseyside, Southport is a large seaside resort town, boasting natural wonders and hypnotic historic attractions. Vast stretches of huge golden sand dunes smoothly expand for miles down the coast. The town centre is lined with red-bricked Victorian architecture and half-timbered town houses, which host designer boutiques and tempting tearooms. With lazy days of laying on the beach or playing golf, and relaxed evenings of family-friendly nightlife, Southport makes for a heavenly holiday.

Things to see

The most mesmerising natural sight in Southport is undoubtedly the silky grass-flecked sand dunes to the south of the town, which - as a nature reserve - house rare wildlife, from thousands of caramel-coloured sand lizards to the yellow natterjack toads. The dunes adjoin a stretch of powdery beachfront opposite the town, which is ideal for a sunbathe or morning dip in the rejuvenating waters of the iridescent Irish Sea. After, amble through the town centre - studded with dozens of towering leafy trees - to Meols Hall, a majestic manor house set in idyllic grounds of pristine lawns and bright flowerbeds. Golf-enthusiasts will be ecstatic with the choice of large, sprawling courses that surround Southport, and thrill-seeking travellers will jump at the chance to try the kite-surfing on Ainsdale beach. Southport’s evenings, on the other hand, can be spent strolling the calm centre, and enjoying a drink at one of the traditional taverns.

Hotels in Southport

Southport’s large size means that it offers an expansive range of accommodation suited to all tastes and budgets. Sleek modern plazas align the coast, with 5-star service, king-size beds, in-door pools and bar lounges, which makes for a luxurious way to unwind after a day exploring the sights. A number of older, smaller, and more affordable Southport hotels await the centre, often set in Victorian red-brick buildings with refined white-finished facades and lovingly landscaped lawns. Cheap Southport hotels take the form of family-run guesthouses, and are dotted throughout the town, boasting welcoming, personable hosts.

Where to stay

Southport town centre, with its designer clothing boutiques, cool cafés and the vast fine-grained beachfront adjacent, puts you in the heart of the action. Family-friendly amusement parks are a short walk away, as well as Southport’s oldest vine-covered Victorian buildings. South of Southport centre, toward Ainsdale, is ideal for those seeking a sublime natural haven, as this small hamlet is surrounded by the peaceful sand dunes. The rolling green Merseyside countryside which encases Southport is stippled with old-world farmhouses and B&Bs built beside babbling brooks, all a short and pleasurable drive from central Southport.

How to get to Southport

Southport’s coastal position makes it slightly tricky to get to by car, with the nearest motorway being some 15 miles away - however, this means that the town profits from having an unblemished and quiet surrounding countryside. A series of A-roads will speed you into Southport from Preston to the north east and St Helens to the south east. Southport Station offers round-the-clock services to Wigan, Liverpool, Manchester, and - if arriving by plane - Manchester Airport. Southport benefits from affordable bus services, however the tree-covered streets make it a worthwhile walking or bicycling town.