Lord Street in Southport © Sefton Libraries, Southport's verandahs make for a 'comfortable shopping experience in inclement weather'.

Take a look at the 21 superb historic Southport sites that you can explore through the 2023 Heritage Open Days! 

They include wonders such as a Southport Beatles walking tour, 150 years of fern fun at the Botanic Gardens in Churchtown, a look inside the new Southport climbing wall and cafe, a big surprise at Southport Little Theatre, a classics architecture tour with Molly Osbourne, Marshside Fogbell, St Cuthbert’s Church and much more. 

Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Heritage Open Days 2023 take place between 8th-17th September.

St John’s Church, Crossens

Rufford Road, Crossens, Southport, Lancashire, PR9 8JH

Visit the parish church in the historic village of Crossens, learn about its past and view old church records.

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150 years of Fern Fern Fun at the Botanic Gardens

The Fernery, Botanic Gardens, Churchtown, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7NB

The magical Fernery in Southport’s Botanic Gardens is the focus for celebrating the Victorian heritage of these beautiful gardens with their…

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A Big Surprise at Southport Little Theatre

Southport Dramatic Club, Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA

A walking tour of Southport Little Theatre where surprises lurk back stage.

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A Creative Look at Duke Street Cemetery

Duke Street Cemetery entrance, Duke Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 5EL

Take a tour of Southport’s Duke Street cemetery, discovering the history of its architecture, monument designs, and some of the creative and…

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A Dander through the Verandahs

Corner of Bold Street and Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0AY

Take a gander at a verandah – or several! Discover the history, design and challenges of Southport’s elegant glass and iron verandahs on a gentle…

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Albany Galleries

339 Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1NH

A rare chance to see inside one of Lord Street’s finest buildings. Albany Galleries is part of the handsome Albany Buildings designed by local…

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An experience that’s a Cut Above & An experience right at the Cutting Edge *Fully Booked*

106-112 Shakespeare Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 5AJ

Edwin Budding’s inspired invention in 1830 created the Great British Lawn – flat, smooth and striped. You can see a replica at the Museum, along…

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Classics Architecture Tour with Molly Osbourne

Details given upon booking., Southport, Merseyside

A tour of the town taking in the beautiful local buildings inspired by Classical architecture.

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Creating Contemporary Heritage

Arthouse SCA, 65 Eastbank Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1EJ

See Southport’s lesser known or forgotten heritage through the eyes of some twenty artists from Southport Contemporary Arts. The exhibition shows…

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Echoes of Sporting Lives – a historic cemetery tour

Duke Street Cemetery entrance, Duke Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 5EL

Join Southport sporting historian, Dan Hayes, as he tells the intertwined story of the town’s early cricket, rugby and football clubs through the…

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Hesketh Park Conservatory

Hesketh Park, Park Crescent, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9NW

Visit this beautiful conservatory at the heart of the Grade II listed Hesketh Park and find out about the history of both.

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Hesketh Park Observatory

Hesketh Park, Albert Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9LJ

Visit a genuine mid-Victorian wooden observatory containing a 6-inch aperture Cooke telescope manufactured in 1869, together with its original…

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Marshside Fogbell

Adjacent to 176 Marshside Road, Marshside , Southport , Merseyside, PR9 9SZ

Opportunity to see and learn about the history of this small but unique building with a fascinating history, now in the stewardship of NW Heritage…

We are sorry but this event has been CANCELLED

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In PersonPaul Sherman

Scarisbrick Mausoleum

St John’s Church, 198 Rufford Road, Crossens, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 8JH

We will be opening the doors of this beautiful Grade II listed building to the public on Saturday 16th September 2023, one of the hidden gems of…

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South Hawes & Early Southport

Morrisons Car Park , Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RS

Join David Walshe, aka ‘Secret Sand Land’ for a walking tour as he takes you back to South Hawes & Early Southport.

We are sorry but this event has been CANCELLED

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In PersonLeigh's Plan of Southport 1824

Southport’s Victorian Visiters walk

Outside The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB

Take a stroll in the footsteps of Victorian and Edwardian celebrity ‘visiters’ to Southport. You’ll visit the places they did, and discover what…

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St Cuthbert’s Church

St. Cuthberts Church, St. Cuthberts Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7NN

The inside of Southports oldest Church. St Cuthberts Church has been here since 1178. Due to lack of volunteers, we are only able to open Church…

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The Atkinson – Meet the artist Carole Dawber

The Atkinson, 1 Eastbank Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DL

Local artist Carole Dawber will be available on The Landing to talk about her creative practice. Her exhibition, Colourscape, is on display 29…

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The Clue Is In The Architecture Tour

Meeting details given when booked onto the tour, Southport, Merseyside

A tour of the whole Atkinson facility, both outside and inside, to see the architectural details of the three buildings which make up The Atkinson…

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Unlock The Atkinson – Escape Room Journey

The Atkinson, 1 Eastbank Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DL

The Atkinson Young Curators present and escape room journey to unlock the treasure in The Atkinson.

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“Get Back” to the Fab 4 Southport walking tour

Mermaid fountain, Outside Sainsbury’s, Lord street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0AG

Between March 1961 and October 1963 The Beatles performed about 30 times in Southport over 9 different venues. Each venue tells a story, so join…

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