Location Southport is a large Victorian seaside town (population of 90 336) in Merseyside, England. It lies on the west coast of Lancashire, on the Irish Sea coast (region: North West; county: Merseyside; historically: Lancashire). The town is 16.7 miles (26.9 km) north of Liverpool and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) south-west of Preston. distance to the Liverpool airport: 48 min (49,3 km) via M57 distance to the Manchester airport: 1h 3min (82,4 km) via M62 distance to London: 4 h 21 min (380 km) via M6 and M4 Climate Southport has a maritime climate like most of the UK and rarely sees substantial snowfall and temperatures rarely fall below −5 °C (23 °F). But in contrast to the rest of western UK, Southport generally has moderate precipitation. History Southport was founded in 1792. The town grew quickly in the 19th century as a seaside resort (e.g. due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal) and today remains still one of the most popular holiday destination on the coast of UK. Attractions Southport Pier with its Southport Pier Tramway - the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isle and Lord Street - an elegant tree-lined shopping street (once home of Napoleon III of France). Southport Model Railway Village - model railway in a 1.5-acre miniature landscaped setting with countryside, a village and a town. New Pleasureland Southport - seaside amusement park with around 100 rides, go-kart track, indoor play area, restaurants and bar. 90% of the rides are either family rides or are for small children. The British Lawnmower Museum - the museum has over 300 restored exhibits of garden machinery over the last 200 years. Lawnmowers included that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Hesketh Park - a public scenic park situated near the north end of Lord Street, developed in the mid-1800s, with Victorian landscaping, lake, a cafe, aviary and a play area for children. Dunes Splash World - Fitness centre and water park on 2 levels, with gym, pool, sports hall, flume rides and bubble spa. Lytham Windmill - longtime windmill and local history museum with a small gift shop and views of the sea. Royal Birkdale Golf Club - a golf course Farmer Teds Adventure Farm - Family attraction with farm animals, ponies and birds of prey, go-karts, soft play and restaurant. Most popular annual events Air show on and over the beach The largest independent flower show in the UK, in Victoria Park.