The town is situated 16.7 miles (26.9 km) to the north of the city of Liverpool and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) southwest of the city of Preston.Historically a part of Lancashire, the town in its present form was founded in 1792 when William Sutton, an innkeeper from Churchtown, built a bathing house at what now is the south end of Lord Street, the town's main thoroughfare.

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) is a large seaside town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England.

During the 2001 census Southport was recorded as having a population of 90,336, making it the eleventh most populous settlement in North West England.

The statistics for the 2011 Census were maintained on a ward basis.

Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast of North West England and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary.

The rapid growth of Southport largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era.

Town attractions include Southport Pier with its Southport Pier Tramway, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles Extensive sand dunes stretch for several miles between Birkdale and Woodvale to the south of the town.

The Ainsdale sand dunes have been designated as a national nature reserve and a Ramsar site.

Local fauna include the Natterjack toad and the Sand lizard.

The town contains examples of Victorian architecture and town planning, on Lord Street and elsewhere.

A particular feature of the town is the extensive tree planting.

This was one of the conditions required by the Hesketh family when they made land available for development in the 19th century.