Nature trails, ornate glass houses and an ornamental lake are amongst the attractions at this restored Victorian pleasure park in the centre of Southport. Children will love the waterfall and the clock garden, a timepiece planted with flowerbeds in the shape of Roman numerals.
Southport Flower Show
This annual show is heaven for garden lovers and takes place every August. Don’t miss the show gardens and the honey marquee, where you can watch bees at work and buy delicious local honey.
Take in a little culture at this museum and theatre, which has been a mainstay of the town since 1875. Housed in an elegant stone building, it has a surprising mix of displays: think local history, European art and even Egyptology. The theatre hosts lunchtime classical concerts too.
Sefton Coastal Path
This is where you’ll see Southport’s beaches and sand dunes in all their glory. Take your binoculars and a picnic and hope to spot some of the wildlife, which includes wading birds and rare butterflies.
On a sunny day, take a stroll down this Victorian landmark, the second longest pleasure pier in Britain. It’s so long, it has its own tram service - hop on if your legs are already tired from exploring. At the very end is a modern pavilion with café designed by Liverpool architects Shed KM, which is the best place in town to soak up sea views.