Southport UK - I had never thought of visiting Southport UK during my visit to the United Kingdom. But during my stay in England, I had a wonderful time spending a long weekend with our relatives in Southport.
Southport is a modern seaside town with a Victorian twist, located on the north west coast of England. Also known as Golf Capital of England.The town is located on the Irish Sea Coast within the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside in the North West of England.
Southport is the jewel of the North West's coastline and one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. It is also a residential town. The actual name 'South-port' first appeared around 1798. The town of Southport was founded in 1792 when William Sutton opened a hotel. The hotel was built at the junction of Lord Street and Duke Street and it is in this area that the first houses in Southport also were built.
During the turn of the 19th century the area became popular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the town grew fast.
As you enter the town you will notice the greenery all around. A particular feature of the town is the extensive tree planting. Another notable feature is the rich Victorian heritage, which is mostly found on Lord Street and the surrounding areas. Southport's most famous shopping place is Lord Street which dates from the 1820s. In Lord Street you will find a couple of covered arcades leading off from the main street.
It is said that between 1846 to 1848, Napoléon III of France (Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte), before becoming Emperor of France in 1851, lived just off Lord Street and the ornate Victorian covered walkways and arcades, together with the rows of fine trees, had a profound effect upon him. So much was the impact of this beautiful English street that Napoléon is said to have implemented many of the ideas into the design of the Champs Elysées in Paris. No wonder why Southport is such an inviting town!
The classic resort of Southport has many Attractions for all the family to enjoy, including a mouth-water array of restaurants. The Victorian era has left an impressive architectural mark on this town with spacious parks and gardens and wide tree-lined streets.
The town has many Hotels to meet the needs of the visitors.
The nearby towns of Southport are -
Formby (6.70 miles)
Lytham St Annes (7.16 miles)
Ormskirk (7.41 miles)
Maghull (9.21 miles)
Crosby (11.22 miles)
Blackpool (11.89 miles)
Kirby (12.35 miles)
Bootle (13.58 miles)
Preston (14.56 miles)
Wallasey (15.79 miles)
Liverpool (16.77 miles)
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