Stay & Play in Southport

Bringing your partner with you on a business trip and want to show them a good time? Attending a conference and considering extending your stay to have a mooch around? If so, you couldn’t wish for a better location than Southport.

Southport is a cosmopolitan seaside resort that really has stood the test of time. It has all of the traditional elements that visitors still expect to see, combined with areas of outstanding natural beauty, boutique hotels, high quality restaurants, first class attractions and some of the best golf courses in the world.

All this, combined with the warm welcome you are sure to receive and the resort of Southport is the perfect place to transform your business visit into a short leisurely break. 

Cultural Delights

With a wide range of theatres, art galleries, museums, parks and gardens, it is easy to see why Southport has a great reputation for culture.

The Atkinson, a multi-art form venue, offers a cultural pick n’ mix of dance, drama, fine art, history and music, perfect for adding some variety to your trip.

Just a short walk away is the Waterfront Arts Project on Southport’s Promenade. This large fine art gallery space is well worth a visit. However, for something that’s truly unique, pay a visit to Southport’s British Lawnmower Museum on Shakespeare Street. This one of a kind attraction features over 300 exhibits, including some of the fastest, oldest and quirkiest models in the world.

Events a Plenty

If you are lucky, your visit to Southport might coincide with one of the many events that the resort plays host to each year. It is in fact one of the most diverse event programmes in the whole of the North West, with everything from flowers to food, planes to pyrotechnics on show.

Go to for full details of all events taking place in Southport.

The Great Outdoors

Located on a 22 mile stretch of beautiful coastline, Southport beach is the perfect place to unwind after the working day is done.

There are miles of coastal paths and trails that are great to explore whether on foot or by bike or take in the sea air on the Grade II listed Pier.

Away from the coast, Southport is often dubbed the floral capital of the North West, due to the many stunning parks and gardens it is home to.

In 2008, Southport was granted Cycling Town status and ‘by bike’ remains one of the best ways to get about in the resort. Many of the hotels can arrange cycle hire and there are ample secure bike parking spots around.

Sporting Pursuits

Southport has a lot to offer sports fans with its world-class golf courses, superb sailing facilities and Aintree, one of the world’s most famous racecourses and home of The Grand National.

With the UK's highest concentration of championship links courses, golf in Southport is of the highest standard. Royal Birkdale, just a few minutes’ drive from the town centre, has been ranked as England’s top golf course and having hosted The Open Championship on nine occasions will do so again in 2017.

For those that are a little more adventurous, Southport is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. The Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is just 25 minutes’ drive from the town centre where you can try out a variety of sports.

World famous racecourse Aintree is just a short drive from the centre of Southport and if your trip coincides, you can visit on one of its six race meets held throughout the year or perhaps even the main event itself, the Grand National held annually in April.

Shop till you drop

Shopping in Southport has something for everyone with many hidden gems too.

For specialist shops and designer boutiques, nestled amongst cafes and restaurants, head to one of Southport’s most famous landmarks, Lord Street. Home to Wayfarers Arcade, with its stunning glass domed roof and period décor and over 30 more unique shops and eateries to explore.

Also worth a visit are the quaint, individual, pastel painted shops that can be found on Wesley Street affectionately known as the ‘Village in the Town’ or for antiques and collectables, pay a visit the Royal Arcade.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

You can soon work up an appetite after a busy day at a conference and from traditional British favourites, Mediterranean tastes, American cuisine and Asian fusions - the choice of restaurants in Southport is outstanding.

Choose from over 100 restaurants, cafes and tea rooms within the resort, offering everything from fine dining to tasty snacks, plus many small independent restaurants too.

Whatever the season, whatever your reason – Southport has something for everyone. For more information on the resort and attractions please go to

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