If you want to travel back in time and experience a Victorian shopping street then the incredibly pretty seaside town of Southport in Lancashire might be the perfect day for you.
The popular tourist spot is easily accessible from nearby Liverpool and is home to wonderful examples of Victorian architecture and town planning, including the main shopping street Lord Street.
The kilometer-long stretch is a feast for the eyes with gardens and water features, it is even claimed to have inspired Napoleon’s reconstruction of Paris.
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There is a marine lake for paddleboarding, miles of coastline for biking and walking, and plenty of sand dunes for picnics and relaxation.
If you love greenery, you won’t want to miss the Botanical Gardens which have featured on BBC’s Gardeners World, as well as Hesketh Park which has an aviary and a blind garden.
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If someone told you that there was a place in the UK only dedicated to the history of a garden tool, you probably wouldn’t be surprised – after all, sometimes we live on a rather strange island.
One of the strangest features in the area is the British Lawnmower Museum, also known as Lawnmower World. Here you can trace the legacy of British lawnmowers 200 years ago and take a look at some celebrity mowers including those of Lady Diana and Paul O’Grady.
Imagine a place entirely dedicated to the size of your garden, with enthusiastic staff to guide you and give you all the details about two centuries of British lawn mower engineering.
The museum was even mentioned in Will I Lie To You after Lee Mack admitted he gave her his “dibber”.
After that, you may want to cool off in the breeze as you ride the miniature lakeside steam railway, the train takes passengers on a 1.4km journey along the marine lake with a stop Helter Skelter for children and a kiosk for adults.
If you go at the right time of the year, you can attend some of the city’s famous events, like the Southport Airshow, the British Musical Fireworks Championship or the Southport Flower Show, which is the largest independent flower show in the Kingdom. -United.
Southport also recently hosted the Open Golf Championship, so it’s definitely worth bringing a set of clubs to Royal Birkdale if that’s what you fancy.
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With so much on the cards, you might want to end a day of activities with a nice cold drink from a local pub, enjoy some fish and chips, or make it fancy with a trip to one of the many famous restaurants. for using local products.
Walkers on Wesley Street is a popular brunch spot, as is Kalash Divine Indian if you fancy a curry.
If you are looking for food to drink wine, look no further than tapas specialist Bistro Bar Med which serves a wide variety of Mediterranean dishes.
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