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Rotten Row

Rotten Row, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2BZ

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Rotten Row


The name ‘Rotten Row’ is traceable to the mid-nineteenth century. It certainly derives its unusual name from the Rotten Row in Hyde Park, London, which is a broad straight road or walkway along the southern edge of the park, originally used for horse riding and laid out at the end of the seventeenth century.

During the last century, and particularly up to 20 years ago, Rotten Row was an extremely popular place to visit, particularly during the summer months. It boasts one of the largest herbaceous borders in the country (746 metres).  Visitors could take a leisurely walk alongside the colourful borders or take advantage of the regular coach tours, which included Rotten Row on the town's tourist route.

Over the years leading up to the formation of the Friends of Rotten Row and the decision to seek Heritage Lottery Funding for its restoration. 

The border has an immediate visual impact on the visitor having open access on a wide level footway adjacent to the highway.   The border naturally divides into 6 areas - each with its own identity and has become a very popular and much appreciated place for the public to enjoy.   It attracts all age groups and it is particularly noticeable that an increasing number of elderly and disabled residents are regular visitors because of its safe, even access and the availability of free parking.



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Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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Victoria Park, SouthportIn Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show and many other events.