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Annual Conference

Getting To Southport

By PoppyHumphrey 19 Feb 2020

It couldn't be easier to join us at ASRA 2020!

Southport lies on the Northwest coast, which is one the most beautiful and expansive coastlines in the country.

At over 22 miles in length, it stretches from Crosby Beach and Coastal Park right up to Southport and beyond.

On Crosby Beach stands the art installation 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley, 100 iron life-size statues staring out to sea.

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.

Formby Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the coastline and on a hot summers day can feel like you are abroad. Extensive views can be soaked up and enjoyed once you wander through the natural dunes. While visiting Formby you can also explore the pine woods and see if you can spot a Red Squirrel! Nature really comes together in this haven, with woods, dunes, sand and sea.

It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. It hosts various events, including an annual air show on and over the beach, the largest independent flower show in the UK (in Victoria Park) and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. The town is at the centre of England's Golf Coast and has hosted the Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Southport  proudly boasts a massive number of independent restaurants, tearoomsbars and places to eat.

Southport is easy to get to whether you're traveling by road, rail, air or sea.



By Road:

From the South - take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport.

From the North - follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) and then follow the signs to Southport.



By Train:

Train services run from various towns and cities into Southport Train Station.

Northern Rail operates regular services to Southport from Manchester Airport, Manchester (Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria stations), Bolton and Wigan.

Connecting services to / from the North East and Yorkshire are available at Manchester Piccadilly and from the North, Scotland and the South at Wigan.

Merseyrail run fast and frequent services between Liverpool South Parkway (for Liverpool John Lennon Airport), Liverpool City Centre and Southport.

By Bus or Coach:

Bus - With a network of travel centres across Merseyside, Merseytravel operate a number of bus services to and from Southport.

Coach - National Express coaches serve Southport from all major UK towns and cities making the town easily accessibly by coach.

By Air:

With 3 airports less than an hour away, Southport is easily accessible by air:

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK’s longest established operational airports, and is located 7 miles from Liverpool City Centre with major operators including KLM, Ryanair, Easyjet and Wizz Air. The Airport is fully integrated into the North West’s Public transport system and located just ten minutes from the major motorway network making it easily accessible.

Blackport International Airport offers passengers a congestion-free alternative for air travel in and out of the Northwest. It is conveniently located at the end of the M55 which links up with the M6 and has public transport links nearby.

Manchester International Airport is one of the UK’s most accessible international gateways operating to more than 200 destinations. You can connect to the airport via a number of options including train, coach and road links.

By Sea:

Daily ferry crossings arrive into Liverpool from Belfast, Dublin and the Isle of Man.

Once you are here....

Park & Ride - There are three operating park and ride services in Southport.

Taxi - Once you have arrived in Southport, it's easy to get around with a number of local taxi companies who can transport you door to door. If you require a taxi when you're in the town, Radio Yellow Top Cabs (01704 531000) provide a reliable service.

PoppyHumphrey

PoppyHumphrey is ASRA Communications & IT Officer. Based at Manchester Student Homes
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