Southport is a seaside town in Merseyside and is historically part of the county of Lancashire. The town of Southport is located in North West England on the Irish Sea coast. Southport has a population of over 90,000 people. It is approximately 16 miles north of Liverpool and around 15 miles southwest of Preston.
Southport is a very popular seaside resort within the UK and its pier is the second longest and second oldest pleasure pier in the British Isles. The pier was refurbished at a cost of 7 million pounds, and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Southport also has a strong links to golf and the town is often referred to as 'England's golfing capital'.
Southport's economy relies heavily on tourism and the town has been successful in continuing to attract visitors to the seaside resort year upon year. Tourism provides a lot of jobs for its residents, however there are also plenty of jobs available in public and private sector businesses.
The popular sweets 'Chewits' were manufactured in Southport up until 2006, when production moved overseas, however there are still many other manufacturing jobs available in the town. Southport is also a popular conference destination, and the Southport Theatre and Convention centre is one of the most popular venues in the area. The retail sector is very successful in Southport and provides a great many jobs in the town.
Southport has many attractions on offer for visitors and residents alike. Along with miles of sandy beaches, sand dunes and beautiful coastlines, Southport also has historic parkland and classic Victorian gardens. As well as all of the conventional seaside amusements, Southport is also home to a 10 million pound watersports centre, an indoor water park and a tattoo museum, for something a bit different.