There are so many reasons to visit Southport – and so many things to enjoy while you’re here!
The seaside resort has everything from natural beauty spots including beaches, pinewoods and parks; unique attractions for people of all ages; fantastic restaurants, cafes and bars, and more!
Here is a countdown of 10 of the Top Things To Do in Southport, as voted for by visitors through the TripAdvisor website. We’d love to know what you think and where your favourites are!
10 – Silcock’s Funland
Creating a grand entrance to Southport Pier is Silcock’s Funland, Southport’s largest family amusement centre. The historic Silcock’s Carousel is directly in front, with Silcock’s Pier Family Restaurant to the side.
This all-weather centre is open every day, all year round, whatever the weather.
Funland offers more fun for all the family with children’s games, rides and Southport’s best Ticket Game Zone where the games are fun to play and easy to win.
Inside Funland you will find the £1 Snack Bar offering toasties, paninis, sandwiches, fries, jacket potatoes, snacks and hot & cold drinks from just £1.
Lynne1153 posted: “Our family visited here whilst on holiday. The venue was really clean with lots of staff on hand to help if required.
“I particularly liked the excellent choice of prizes for children to exchange their tokens for.
“There was something for everyone. Thank you!”
9 – Hesketh Park
Hesketh Park is one of the largest parks in Southport. The Victorian Park has plenty to offer visitors, a short mile walk away and with plenty of on street parking, this picturesque park is a perfect place to lose track of time.
The gardens and ornate fountains have been restored and reconstructed, to bring the attraction back to its former glory.
There are numerous nature trails, varied wildlife, a large lake, and a children’s play area.
Mark M posted: “Went to this park for the first time – a thoroughly happy experience. Far more extensive than I thought, the variety of trees was a sight to see.
“Totally recommend this park for a peaceful time – or a place to take your kids to as it has a great play area near a good cafe.”
8 – Rotten Row
Rotten Row is an extremely popular place to visit, particularly during the summer months.
It boasts one of the largest herbaceous borders in the country , an incredible 746 metres long.
Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk alongside the colourful borders.
It is largely maintained by volunteers from the Friends of Rotten Row.
The border naturally divides into six areas – each with its own identity and has become a very popular and much appreciated place for the public to marvel at.
Christine posted: “You would never normally walk this row. It’s quaint,charming and full of every variety of plants and shrubs. The people looking after this are are amazing and will spend time to answer any questions related to the area or the planting. Give it a go and see how this makes you feel ! You can see bees and lovely birds and if you’re quiet you will hear them sing . Recommend to everyone to enjoy.”
7 – Southport Air Show
The largest Air Show in the North West in an annual event on Southport Beach. Each year the event attracts over 100,000 visitors to the seaside town of Southport.With military, historical, civilian and stunt aircraft in the air, and plenty of entertainment and attractions on the ground,this is an event for the entire family.
Pauline B posted: “This is a yearly event. It is very busy as it attracts great crowds. Able to park on the beach for a fee. Be early as it fills quickly. Incredible sight. Unbelievable stunts. Whether or not you are a plane enthusiast, it is well worth a visit.”
6 – Botanic Gardens, Churchtown
Just a few minutes out of the Southport centre in Churchtown is Southport’s Botanic Gardens.
Originally opened in 1874, these Victorian gardens are bursting with floral splendour and colourful displays.
Winding through the park is the garden’s lake and a multitude of pathways. Don’t miss the Victorian Fernery, open year round, it houses a wonderful display of ferns of all shapes and sizes.
There is an aviary, gift shop and café too, so there’s plenty to see and explore.
Solo posted: “The fernery is absolutely magical. I would recommend everybody to visit it. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Congratulations to all the volunteers for their hard work. It was well worth a visit.”
5 – Southport Pleasureland
With lots to see and do, rides to suit everyone Southport Pleasureland is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Clean, bright and bursting with activities for the whole family, Southport’s premier leisure attraction is sure to bring fun and laughter to every visitor.
The park has been expanded with new rides to experience, a new coffee area serving beautiful Illy coffee, fun and games on the stalls, gift shop, food and drink outlets. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
Harry posted: “Very great place to go with family! Plenty of rides all with different levels of thrill. Went with my husband and four kids. Came from London and it was worth the journey. My favourite ride was the roller coaster with the loop, I’m not sure of the name. My family loved it!!!”
4 – Model Railway Village
Southport Model Railway Village is a Model Village with a difference. The attraction is designed with the rail enthusiast in mind. If you or your children enjoy watching trains then this is the place for you. Set in a peaceful and tranquil miniature landscape the attraction allows for total relaxation.
Quinnydan17 posted: “The model railway village was a lovely place to visit. A lot of love and attention to detail has been put into this. The houses, castle and cars were all painted well and the trains were running around the village with steam sounds. The signal boxes worked stopping the trains when needed. We were welcomed by a lady in the kiosk who gave us a quiz to do. A great idea as it makes you really look at the exhibits properly. A great place to visit in Southport.”
3 – Marine Lake
At Marine Lake you’ll find a choice of water based activities to keep the whole family entertained. Marine Lake also has pedalos and motor boats for hire as well as offering high speed rides on a power boat.
Tracy R posted: “Fantastic place when the weather is fine. There’s a cafe, pub, daytime outside entertainment, swans paddle boats, motor boats, jet boats, crazy golf, model railway, a children’s play area and plenty of nice areas to walk. We visited as a family of 9 and tried everything on separate days. Plenty to do.”
2 – Southport Pier
Traditional Victorian pier containing many refreshment concessions, a road train and a lovely cafe bar at the end with scenic views and an old penny arcade!
Markmassey88 posted: “Perfect for a nice walk. The pier is long enough that many will find the distance to the end and back a suitable walk. There are enough little ice cream and refreshment stops along the pier for those that don’t fancy going the full way. Partners that have been dragged along, rest assured, you can have a beer at the end whilst you sit and enjoy the views. If you are really lucky, you might see the fabled sea!”
1 – The Atkinson
The Atkinson, on Lord Street, is Southport’s home for music, theatre, art, literature and history. We offer an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer.
Tayyheads posted: “Love the history Of. Southport and interesting facts on the area lots to see in a well laid area. The staff are knowledgeable and it is to get round the museum and exhibitions. Lovely coffee shop, good food and friendly staff.”