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.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 hotel survived until 1854, when it was demolished to make way for traffic at the end of Lord Street, but its presence and the impact of its founder are marked by a plaque in the vicinity, by the name of one street at the intersection, namely Duke Street, Southport grew quickly in the 19th century as it gained a reputation for being a more refined seaside resort than its neighbour-up-the-coast Blackpool.
The town contains examples of Victorian architecture and town planning, on Lord Street and elsewhere.
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.
The Domesday Book states that there were 50 huts in Otergimele, housing a population of 200.
The population was scattered thinly across the region and it was at the northeast end of Otergimele (present day Crossens), where blown sand gave way to alluvial deposits from the River Ribble estuary, that a small concentration of people occurred.