British Beaches

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Ainsdale Beach

Southport, Sefton

Between Southport and Formby. Ainsdale forms a part of this long wide sandy beach, backed by sand dunes and a nature reserve.

Beach Type



Disabled access
First aid and lost child services are available with the lifeguards


Kite flying
Horse riding

Nature and Wildlife

Plenty of space for a stroll by the sea and the dunes are home to the rare natterjack toad.

Water Quality





Dogs are restricted to certain areas.

Awards and Recommendations

Quality Coast Award

Tourist Information

SOUTHPORT TIC Tourist Information Centre 112 Lord Street Tel: +44 (0) 1704 533333


Nearest town: Southport
County: Sefton
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6077, -3.06263
Postcode: PR8 2QB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around , Sefton at Explore Britain.


Off A565 between Formby and Sefton

Public Transport

There is a bus that runs from Southport to Ainsdale beach

Nearest Railway Stations

Ainsdale (About a mile away)
Hillside (Approx. 2 miles away)
Freshfield (Approx. 3 miles away)
Birkdale (Approx. 3 miles away)
Southport (Approx. 4 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.

Nearby Car Parks

The Beach, Ainsdale (Long stay).
About 0 miles away
Ainsdale Station, Ainsdale (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Birkdale Station, Birkdale (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Freshfield Station, Southport (Unknown stay).
About 2.9 miles away
The Esplanade, Southport (Long stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Formby Dunes, Formby (Unknown stay).
About 3.2 miles away
Southport Beach- Esplanade, Southport (Long stay).
About 3.3 miles away
Dunes Leisure Centre, Southport (Long stay).
About 3.3 miles away
Esplanade, Southport (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away
Wicks Green, Freshfield (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Southport