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Group and Coach Travel

the Esplanade

Tel: +44(0)151 934 2319

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Group and Coach Travel

Have you tried the ‘Southport Welcome’?

Southport has a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s favourite seaside destinations. Its traditional seafront, shopping and café culture marks it out as an ideal destination for your group. Whether it’s for a day excursion, or as part of a longer tour, Southport, England’s Classic Resort, has something for everyone.

But what makes Southport stand out from many other destinations is the ‘Southport Welcome’. This includes a free meet and greet by our Coach Welcome Hosts, a special discount voucher booklet for every passenger, secure coach parking, and a Coach Drivers’ Passport. Added together, these elements give you the confidence and reassurance that your group, and your coach and driver, will be made very welcome.

Coach Welcome Hosts

From Easter until the end of October, our smartly turned-out Coach Welcome Hosts will meet and greet your coach as it pulls into the official drop-off point on Eastbank Street at the junction of Lord Street. This is outside the ‘old’ Tourist Information Centre right in the centre of the town. The Coach Welcome Hosts will step on board, both to welcome the group to the town, and to give them a free ‘Visitor Passport’. This contains money-off coupons and useful information about what’s on, where to go, and what to see. And before you start wondering what all this will cost you, it’s free. Just part of our service.

You don’t have to tell us you're coming, because the Coach Welcome Hosts will be there.

We know that you have many choices when it comes to choosing a destination for your group, so we want your visit to Southport to be easy to organise, and enjoyable while you’re here. We don’t call it the ‘Southport Welcome’ for nothing!

Looking after the driver, and the coach!

Once your group has left the coach, and begun to explore the town, it’s time for the driver to experience the second part of the ‘Southport Welcome’. At Esplanade, half a mile from Lord Street, is Southport Eco Centre, the location for our secure, dedicated coach park (PR8 1RX). Toilets and refreshment facilities are available here.

From 1 April to 30 September the coach park is open daily from 7.30am to 6.45pm. During the winter months it’s open from 7.30am to 6.30pm on Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 6.30pm on Sunday. Parking is just £5 for up to 24 hours including secure overnight parking.

We also offer the ‘Coach Drivers’ Passport, a scheme that’s free to join and rewards drivers bringing groups to the town. Each time a driver uses the coach park, their Passport will be stamped. After four stamps they receive a £10 M&S voucher. It’s as simple as that, and all part of our welcome.

To join the scheme, simply ask the Coach Welcome Hosts for a Passport, or pick one up at the Southport Eco Centre when you park.

Group discounts on events

Southport has a superb programme of events running throughout the year, including the famous Southport Flower Show, the Southport Air Show, and the British Musical Fireworks Championships. Group discounts are available for each event for pre-booked groups.

The ‘welcome’ is officially recognised

Back in 2004 the town was awarded ‘Coach Friendly’ status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (the coach and bus industry’s trade organisation) in recognition of the work achieved in delivering a programme of measure to welcome coaches and their groups. Today, other destinations around the UK have followed Southport’s lead.

In 2011, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) awarded Southport the ‘IRU City Trophy’ for its long term business friendly and customer orientated policies.

Southport led the way in being ‘Coach Friendly’, and today, our ‘Southport Welcome’ is as important to us as ever.

Contact information and group tickets

To find out more about what Southport has to offer, click on the home page of this website, contact our Tourist Information team based in The Atkinson in Lord Street on 01704 395510, or email

For group tickets for the Southport Flower Show call 01704 547147. For group tickets for the Southport Air Show click here and for the British Musical Fireworks Championships click here.

Splash World, Southport’s water park, is open throughout the year and offers discounts for pre-booked groups of 15 or more. Call Diana Kelly on 0151 288 6956 or email

Opening Times

Eco Centre Coach Parking Summer (1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016)
Eco Centre Coach Parking Winter (1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017)

* Please note that during the Summer months the Coach Driver facilities at the Eco Centre are not open on a Sunday.

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