It is named after the village and parish of Sefton that formerly served as the seat of the Molyneux family. The Borough of Sefton is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside and its local authority is Sefton Council.  The borough consists of a coastal strip of land on the Irish Sea and extends from Bootle in the south to Southport in the north. In the south-east, it extends to Maghull. The district is bounded by Liverpool to the south, Knowsley to the south-east and West Lancashire to the east.

Towns and Villages in SeftonSouthport

  • Ainsdale, Aintree
  • Birkdale, Blowick, Blundellsands, Bootle
  • Churchtown, Crosby, Crossens
  • Ford, Formby
  • Hightown, Hillside
  • Ince Blundell
  • Kennessee Green
  • Litherland, Little Altcar, Little Crosby, Lunt, Lydiate
  • Maghull, Marshside, Melling
  • Netherton
  • Orrell
  • Seaforth, Sefton, Southport
  • Thornton
  • Waterloo, Woodvale


Transport in Sefton is primary centred on the areas road and rail networks, both of which are extensive and provide links to Liverpool and Preston. In the main Sefton’s local public transport network is managed by the Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive, and includes buses and trains.

Places of Interest


Easily accessible from all over the North West, A great town for a day out, short break or seaside holiday, attractions include:

  • Coastline – over 22 miles of coastline boasting a number of beautiful beaches and stunning natural beauty;
  • Pier – oldest iron pier, Grade II listed and is over 150 years old;
  • Eco Visitor Centre, Esplanade, PR8 1 RX, (0151 934 2711) - designed to act as a real demonstration of environmentally sound construction methods and the impacts we have on the environment with our energy use.


  • Another Place by Antony Gormley – 11 years since the famous Iron Men arrived in Sefton on Crosby Beach.

Main Parks

  • Hesketh Park - Park Crescent, Southport, PR9 9NW.  Telephone 01704 540070.
  • Churchtown Botanic Gardens - Bankfield Lane, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 7NB.  Telephone 01704 533333.
  • Victoria Park - Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2BZ.  Telephone 01704 533333.
  • Crosby Coastal Park - Cambridge Road or Mariners Road or Hall Road West, Crosby, L22 1RR.  Telephone 0151 934 2967.
  • Derby Park - Oxford Road, Bootle, L20 9HL.


  • Bootle - 220 Stanley Road, L30 3 EN.  Telephone 0151 934 5871
  • Crosby - Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LG.  Telephone 0151 257 6400 or 0151 928 6487
  • Formby - Duke Street, L37 4AN.  Telephone 01704 874177
  • Meadows (Maghull) - Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB.  Telephone 0151 288 6727
  • Netherton - Glovers Lane, L30 3TL.  Telephone 0151 525 0607
  • Southport - Lord Street, PR8 1DJ.  Telephone 0151 934 2214


  • Southport Football Club - formed in 1881 and they have played at Haig Avenue for over 100 years. In 2005 the club celebrated its centenary at Haig Avenue, having previously been based at the Central Ground. Southport were founder members of the Central League in 1911 and in 1918 were taken over by the Vulcan Motor Company - playing as Southport Vulcan for one season, the first club to use a sponsorship label as part of their name.  In the last ten years Southport have played in the Nationwide Conference, Unibond Premiership, Nationwide North, Nationwide Conference again, Nationwide North again and are now back in the equivalent of Nationwide Conference, the Conference Premier. 
  • Golf - there are a number of Gold Clubs within Sefton, the most notable being Royal Birkdale. This is one of Britain’s finest golf clubs and is among the best in the world. It has staged the Ryder Cup and the Open. The Open will return in 2017.

 Main Annual Events

  • Southport Flower Show – The UK’s largest independent flower show usually held in August
  • Grand National Festival – 3 day event held at Aintree Racecourse in April
  • Woodvale Rally – Classic cars/model air display held in Victoria Park/Princess Park in June
  • Southport Air Show - usually held in September on the seafront
  • British Musical Fireworks Championships – held in Victoria Park in September/October
  • Roundtable Bonfire Night Fireworks Display - held in Victoria Park on or near 5 November


Southport Flower Show    Southport Musical Fireworks   Southport Air Show

Areas of Potential Higher Risk

Flooding - Floods are mostly natural events that result either from excessive rainfall that leads to rivers overflowing their banks, or from tidal storm surges on the coast or in estuaries. In urban areas, manmade drainage systems may have inadequate capacity or become blocked leading to flooding.  Because of climate change, both the chance and consequence of flooding has increased. Sea levels rise more frequent and higher storm surges and increased winter rainfall and more intense summer rainfall will add to existing risk and it may not prove possible to improve fixed defenses sufficiently to maintain or raise protection standards.  The Environment Agency (EA) is the lead organisation on flood defence, and reports at policy level to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This work, together with the Agency’s overall direction and supervision of all aspects of flood defence, is vital for sustaining the existing land use found on river and coastal flood plains.

Useful Contacts

NAME TELEPHONE                                            WEBSITE

Sefton Council

0345 140 0845

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital

Town Lane, Kew, PR8 6PN

01704 547471


Merseyside Police

Albert Road, Southport, PR9 0LL                    

Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 5HJ

Urgent 999

General 101

From outside Merseyside 0151 709 6010



Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service          


Headquarters, Bridle Road Bootle, L30 4YD

Crosby Road North, Waterloo, L22 0LA

Church Road, Formby, L37 3NH

Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton, L29 1YB

Manchester Road, Southport, PR9 0LH

Urgent 999

General 0151 296 4000

As above

0151 296 5605

0151 296 5635

0151 296 6700

0151 296 6650







Maritime & Coastguard Agency


Urgent 999

General 0151 931 3341



0151 227 5181 (for planning rail, bus and ferry journeys)

Scottish Power



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Enquiries 0845 273 4444

Emergencies 0800 001 5400



United Utilities

Enquiries (24/7) 0345 672 3723