- Southport, England -
Southport is a large seaside town in Merseyside, England. Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary. The town is 16.7 miles (26.9 km) north of Liverpool and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) southwest of Preston.
Historically part of Lancashire, the town was founded in 1792 when William Sutton, an innkeeper from Churchtown, built a bathing house at what is now the south end of Lord Street. At that time, the area, known as South Hawes, was sparsely populated and dominated by sand dunes. At the turn of the 19th century, the area became popular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The rapid growth of Southport largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. Town attractions include Southport Pier with its Southport Pier Tramway, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles, and Lord Street is an elegant tree-lined shopping street.
We ended up staying in this charming little town because we have family friends who have been dying for us to come out! And let me tell you, it was totally worth it! Southport is located about 40 mins (by car) outside of Liverpool. Such an amazingly charming town and I cannot wait to go back!
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