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    Stroll along Southport Pier

    by sandysmith Updated Mar 26, 2005

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    strolling on the pier

    I'm glad to say the Southport Pier has been restored - at some considerable cost though of 7 million pounds. It is the oldest iron pleasure pier in existence though - being built in 1860 and is also the second longest pier in the country so I guess the restoration is worth it.

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    Merry go Round

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The traditional Merry go Round Rides are not often seen these days but Southport still retains this quaint seaside tradition with this carousel at the top end of Southport's pier - just wish I was small enough to ride one still :-S The "Golden Gallopers" as it is known was built in the early 1900's and was purchased by Silcock's in 1989. It took 3 years to restore to working order and has 3 crockrels and 33 horses, all named after members of the Silccock family or their friends.

    If can be booked for private parties and even weddings!

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    Lord Street

    by sandysmith Written Jan 8, 2005

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    shop facades Lord Street

    A stroll along Lord Street in Southport is a must. Almost a mile long this wide boulevard is the main shopping area. Even if not shopping you will enjoy the shop facades on one side with their Victorian glass topped canopies and on the opposite sides the many gardens, fountains and classical buildings.

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    Parisian Parallel

    by sandysmith Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    classical side of Lord Street

    Did you know that Southport became a model for Paris?? Well its not well known but Prince Louis Napoleon lived on Lord Street, before becoming Emperor of France in 1851. About a year later he set his prefect of the Seine, Baron George Haussman, to work redesigning Paris and soon much of medieval Paris was replaced with broad tree lined boulevards, covered walkways and arcades, just like Lord Street!

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    Pleasureland

    by sandysmith Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Of course no seaside town would be complete without its fun park and Southport is no exception. Pleasureland is the place for the kids amongst you! Its claims to fame are:
    one of the UK's biggest amusement parks, with 5 thrilling rollercoasters including The Traumatizer - the country's tallest, fastest suspended looping roller coaster, Europe's only Chaos ride and the fabulous Lucozade Spaceshot. Together there are some 100 rides and attractions - check out the website if interested for up to date attractions and pricing information.

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    War Memorial

    by sandysmith Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    war memorial reflection

    The large war memorial is huge - some said too large - when it was consecrated in 1923.
    However its a pleasant place to sit and reflect with your memories I think - very apt there are two reflecting pools, one on either side of the memorial.

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    Go Carts

    by bugalugs Written Oct 19, 2004

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    Go Carts

    This is where my husband and son always head for. Its a male thing I think, wanting to compete with each other and see who will win.
    Cant remember the exact price but not cheap about £6 or £7 each and you dont get very long at all.
    Look out on the internet before you go for the Pleasureland web site, they have printable coupons on there offering 3 rides on the go carts for the price of 2. Or if you are travelling on the motorway to Southport call at one of the motorway services and see if they have leaflets advertising Pleasureland there are sometimes coupons in it.
    Although Pleasureland doesnt open all year I think the Go carts do if the weather is ok.

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    The Pier

    by bugalugs Written Oct 23, 2004

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    The Pier

    This pier which is the 2nd longest in the country was built in 1860 and was originally 3,600 feet long, but extended in 1868 to 4,380 feet long, and is made of iron.
    Over the years though it has had its share of catastrophes, fires, damage by storms etc. At one point it was nearly pulled down, but then it was decided it would be refurbished and has had over £7 million spent on it.
    There is a train which runs the length of the pier. At the end is a pavillion which has exhibits and a cafe.
    Opening times are
    weekdays 11-5pm
    weekends 11-6pm

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    Marine Lake

    by bugalugs Updated Oct 23, 2004

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    Marine Lake

    Marine Lake is a lovely area, just sit and people watch or hire a boat. Either rowing boats or small motor boats.
    We hired a motor boat, no chance of speeding in these those! Cost about £8 and 4-5 people can get in it. Cost was about £8 for approx 30 minutes.
    I was really enjoying it, looking at the scenery until I saw a huge rat climb out of the water onto the embankment, sort of put the dampers on it. I even told the man when we returned the boat, he wasnt concerned at all though!

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    Pleasureland

    by bugalugs Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    Traumatizer

    I wouldnt say the majority of people but a lot go to take their children on the funfair.
    Its a lot smaller than Blackpool and cheaper.
    Only about 5 biggish rides. The Cyclone Rollercoaster, Traumatizer, King Solomon's Mines, Wildcat are some of them.
    There is now an entrance fee of £2 per person unless you buy a wristband for the rides. I was amazed when I found this out, it has always been like Blackpool where you could just wonder around you didnt have to pay to go in.
    Wristbands are £18 adults, £12 children.
    Although I think the best time to go is early evening in the summer, prices drop and as the park isnt really very big and queues are not like Blackpool a few hours is long enough.
    The park doesnt open in Winter. It closes completely around Bonfire night (5th November) and doesnt open until the spring, and then it is limited opening until the summer time so check first.

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    Pleasureland

    by bugalugs Written Oct 19, 2004

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    Cyclone rollercoaster

    The original fairground opened in 1912 on a different site, but by 1924 it had outgrown the site and moved to the beach area where they still are.
    The Log Flume was actually bought from Myrtle Beach in the USA in 1991 and shipped over here and rebuilt.
    Height restrictions apply on some of the rides.
    There is also a fun house which is great if the weather isnt too good and something for everyone.

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    Town Hall

    by sandysmith Updated Mar 27, 2005

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    town hall and cafe

    Southport's Town Hall, found in the centre of Lord Street, is a fine example of the classical architecture that can be found here. Just is front is a cafe and the tourist information centre is also nearby. Leaflets and information about Southport's attractions and hotels are readily availbale here.

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    Pier Pavillion

    by sandysmith Written Mar 20, 2005

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    Pier Pavillion

    At the end of Southport's long Pier is the Pavillion with its cafe, toilets and penny arcade machines. Now these ones are much better then the modern arcade games as they are the lovely old machines - which take the old penny (there are change machines) inside so if you have old pennies at home bring them as they are then worth 10 new pennies! They are originals from many other areas like Brighton pier. There are what the butler didn't see film shows as well as pin ball machines and penny pushers - lovely old fun and very kitsch.

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    Silcock's Funland

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Silcock's

    The Silcock Family are now in their fifth generation of providing amusement centres. This Funland Centre is Southport's largest family amusement centre. They were instrumental in the Pleasuland fun park too. Games and rides for the family and bingo if thats your thing, probably the cheapest place to get a cup of tea or coffee too! The Funland stands on the site of the old pier Pavillion - long since demolished.

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    Marine Lake

    by Myfanwe Written Apr 26, 2012

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    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.

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