Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary. The town is 16.7 miles (26.9 km) north of Liverpool and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) southwest of Preston.


The main roads entering Southport are:

  • A565 (from Preston to the northeast, from the A59 Liverpool – Preston – York)

  • A570 (from Ormskirk and St Helens to the southeast)

  • A565 (from Liverpool and Formby to the south)

The nearest motorway connections are:

  • from the east – junction 3 of the M58 (on the A570, twelve miles)

  • from the south – junction 7 of the M57 (on the A565, fourteen miles)

  • from the north – junction 1 of the M65 / junction 29 of the M6 (on the A582/A59, nineteen miles)


Southport railway station has a frequent service of trains to Liverpool, operated by Merseyrail and a regular service to WiganBolton, Manchester and Leeds. In addition, there are stations at BirkdaleHillside and Ainsdale on the Liverpool line, part of the Merseyrail network, and at Meols Cop on the Manchester line


When planning your trip to Southport and arriving by car you will find plenty of places to park around the town.

Light, spacious and secure parking in Southport is provided by car parks in convenient locations that allow you to safely park your car whilst you explore the town.

If you are doing spot of shopping, most car parks are close to the main shopping areas so you can easily pop back to drop off your bags.

Are you planning a trip to Southport beach?

You can park on the beach and conveniently have all your belongings to hand.

Open daily between Easter until September, cars from £4.50 - £6.00. Beaches may be closed for parking during high tides.

There are plenty of pay and display areas around the town, close to shopping areas and attractions and these can be accessed from as little as 60p per hour.

Street parking in Southport and along Lord Street, the main boulevard in the Town Centre, is really close to restaurantsThe Atkinsonhotels and many independent and high street retailers.

The Park and Ride facility located at the Eco Visitor Centre runs all year round. You can park your car from £2.00 and hop on the free bus into the town centre. THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED CAR PARK FOR CLASSIC AND SPEED.

Southport is extremely coach friendly and group visitors can park coaches for £5 per day at the Eco Visitor Centre.

And if you let us know you are coming into town we can arrange to have discount booklets for each visitor.

Free parking in Southport is available at Botanic Gardens in Churchtown and the RSPB at Marshside, so visitors to either of these attractions are catered for.

If you prefer the convenience of using your car, Southport really is accessible and parking is easy to find.

Find full details of the car parks in Southport and along the coast, visit the Sefton Council website.

Use the scalable map below to plan your journey and find key locations.