One of the largest man made leisure pursuit in England.the lake is home to various watersports such as Sailing,Water Skiing and Rowing and is host to many water sports clubs.The Lake is also home to the 'Southport Belle' a Mississippi style paddle steamer that will take you on a scenic tour of Southport's Victorian Waterfront.
Open:Mon till sun 9am-5pm
The official Art gallery of Southport houses a mix of work by different artists and holds regular specialist exhibitions.It has 17th-20th century art with works by Lely,Cotman,Ford Madox Brown,Sickert and Ginner.It also has'The Death of General Wolfe' by Benjamin West.
There is also a vast collection of watercolours by British artists as well as many etchings and engravings.
note:Gallery is closed for refurbishment until April 2013.
Usual opening hours:sun and mon closed
Tue till thu 10am-5pm
Marine lake cafe/bar and gardens....
The whole place desperately needs a lick of paint all around the marine lake cafe/gardens and benches in southport....it should take a leaf out of lytham st.annes book, which always looks very pretty and regular painted seating shelters ect and sort the seating and victorian shelters out in southport! the place is in grave danger of loosing it's victorian charm and elegance which would be a real shame as southport has lots to offer and lots going on around the lake, boat rides entertainment/singer outside cafe/bar, but unfortuanitly it's a mess at present almost all seating along the promenade/ and lower promenade and cafe/bar have peeling paint so not a pretty sight!!, even the grass around the lake doesn't appear to have seen a lawn mower for a while since we last went! ....sort it out sefton council! you should be ashamed of yourselves!! sefton council doesn't deserve to run a place like southport, as they are allowing it to become very run down!
At the end of the pier is The Pavilion, it houses a Penny Arcade museum were you can change your money to Old Penny's and use it in the old penny arcade machines or you can just have a drink and food at the licensed SeaView bar while looking across the beach through the giant floor to ceiling windows!
You can also find information here about the wildlife found on the beach
Southports Marine lake is one of the largest man made 'leisure pursuits lakes' in England.
there are various watersports clubs including sailing, water-skiing and rowing as well as a host of different kinds of wildlife just a 2 minute walk from the town centre.
Ocean Plaza is a large entertainment and retail park just 5 minute walk from the town centre and backing onto the beach Road and split into Nort and South sections by the Pier.
The southern side of the park is more entertainment and leisure and has the Premier Inn Southport Central hotel, DW Sports Fitness Club, 7 screen Vue cinema, Bowling Alley and some great Restaurants like Roberto’s Italian restaurant, Brewers Fayre pub, Frankie and Benny’s, Chiquito's , Bella Italia, and a World food Buffet.
The Northern side is mostly retail with Dunelm Mill, Brantano, Matalan, Poundstretcher
There’s also a Pizza Hut and McDonalds there!
Southport's War Memorial is really quite impressive, it was built in 1923 after a national competition and consists of a central obelisk, two cenotaphs with formal gardens and reflective pools.
It is a Grade II listed building
If you don't want to (or cant) walk just over a mile from one end of the pier to the other you can get the Southport Pier Tram.
There has been a tram on the pier for years, it all started as a way to get peoples luggage to and from the steamers which once called at the end of the pier.
Over the years it progressed to the electric passenger tram they have today.
Adult Single £1.50
Adult Return £2.00
Child Single £1.00
Child Return £1.50
It seems that everywhere you look in Southport there's a Silcocks Amusements!
Starting in the 1880's as a travelling fair the buisiness has grown and over 5 generations later they now own Amusement arcades, casino's resaurants and more in Southport and Blackpool!
1112 m (1,216 yards) it is the second longest in Great Britain, it has a tram (The Southport Pier Tramway)which runs from Southport Promenade to the pier head where a modern Pavilion with airport style floor to ceiling windows overlooks the beach.
The pavilion houses the SeaView Bar/cafe aswell as a penny arcade of vintage mechanical amusement machines which operate using old pennies (which can be purchased from machines)
Parking is available on Marine Drive.
Open every day except:-
Christmas day & during the Southport Air Show.
Rufford Old Hall is a fine timber framed stately home which dates from the 15th Century. This great grade I listed building was the home of the Hesketh Family for over 400 years. It has since been acquired by the National Trust who have opened it up to the public providing an insight into how the other half lived. There is a guide in each room to tell you all about the treasure and antiquities which lie within. The Great Hall is the oldest surviving part of the house, this is a fantastic room which was used for entertaining. Don't miss the moveable carved wood screen which was used to shield the kitchen staff away from the prying eyes of the guests. There are some great formal gardens surrounding the hall complete with some fab topiary squirrels and giant chess set. The Tea rooms are a great way to finish off a visit to Old Rufford Hall and don't forget a visit to the gift shop for souvenirs or books.
Check the website below for up to date prices and opening times.
Situated at the entrance to the Pier and dotted around the town, you will find Silcocks Amusement Arcades. The area called Funland near the entrance to the Pier entices you in via a hall of mirrors which contort your reflection to all shapes and sizes :-)
At the far end of the Pier is a great Victorian Penny Arcade where the vintage Penny machines only accept the Old 1 Penny piece which can be obtained at the change machines.
Southport has a huuuuge sandy beach which seems to go on for miles and miles. I have been told that the sea can go out for miles too so if you're after a quick paddle, prepare for a hike! If you don't fancy getting sand between your toes there is a lovely wide promenade, perfect for an afternoon stroll.
The Marine Lake and boating area cover a huge area either side of the Pier. There are some lovely landscaped gardens surrounding the lake, a lakeside bar and boat hire during the summer season. This is a great spot for bird watching, strolling or just sitting at the waters edge watching the World go by.
The Pier at Southport is a Grade II listed structure. It is a staggering 1112m in length making it the second longest Pleasure Pier in Great Britain. Amusement arcades and fast food stalls lie at the entrance to the Pier and after a gentle stroll towards the sea you will reach the Victorian Penny Arcade and Sea View Cafe bar. There is a tram service which runs up and down the Pier at regular intervals; we also saw a land train parked up so presumably this runs during weekends.
From the end of the Pier on a clear day, you may be lucky enough to spot Blackpool Tower over the other side of the estuary.
Entrance to the Pier is free.