The Red Arrows at Southport Air Show. Photo by Fraser Brown

Superb events, Southport Pier and our “exceptional Lord Street” are some of the reasons why people, responding to the 2020 Which? survey, said they loved coming to Southport. 

Each year the consumer champion asks thousands of holidaymakers to rate their recent visits to over 100 UK seaside resorts across a range of factors including food and drink, seafront, beach, value for money and peace and quiet.

Our highest ranking (4 out of 5) was for our Seafront and Pier, while Southport scored 3 out of 5 in most other categories, including: Food and Drink, Tourism Attractions, Scenery, Shopping, Peace and Quiet, and Value for Money. 

Visitors who responded to the survey said: “Apart from the attractive Promenade and the Marine Lake, the hidden gem is the renowned Swan Chippy, just back from the Promenade on Stanley Street.

“The Wesley Fish shop in the town centre on Tulketh Street, or Peet’s Plaice Fishmongers in nearby Churchtown, are great sources of fresh fish, and, of course, Southport shrimps.” 

Another holiday maker said: “I love the annual Southport Flower Show, Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship, all of which are worth considering to plan around. “And a meal at the Swan Chippy, although quite basic, is of high quality and superb value for money.” 

Another said: “Lord Street an exceptional shopping area.”

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Other comments included: “Take a walk down Rotten Row, which has beautifully maintained borders with an amazing array of flowers and shrubs. The garden is maintained by local supporters.”

“Parking is straightforward. Beach, shops, restaurants all within a central area. Feels safe.”

“Southport Pier. Nice long pier stretching out to sea with a railway running along its length if you do not want to walk or are a railway enthusiast.”

Other comments included: “Floral Gardens around the seafront and Marine Lake.” 

The Marine Lake in Southport, with the Marine Way Bridge, Southport Pier, Bliss Hotel and Kings Gardens.

The Marine Lake in Southport, with the Marine Way Bridge, Southport Pier, Bliss Hotel and Kings Gardens.
Photo by Andrew Brown Media


“The Atkinson theatre.”

“The live entertainment on the pier. The pier!

“Golf Courses.”

“Area – close to brown squirrels in Formby and Gormley Men in the sea at Crosby as well as endless beaches and sand dunes to explore all the way to Liverpool.” 

Rory Boland, Which? travel editor, said: ‘With many people choosing to holiday in the UK this summer it is a good time to explore parts of the country you may not have considered before and to spread our sandcastles beyond the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.

“Whether that’s hitting the waves in Tynemouth or camping in Criccieth, there are good options for those of us keen to keep our distance from the crowds this year but still want to combine stunning scenery with sumptuous seafood.

“Don’t forget, if you book your hotel or accommodation direct and over the phone, you may even get a discount or free bottle of bubbly thrown in.”

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