Southport, a seaside town that dates back to 1792, has long been one of the most fashionable places to visit along the north-west coast. The Victorian era has left the town with a glorious legacy of spaciousness, treelined boulevards and classical buildings.
Today, there is much more to Southport, with its seemingly endless waterfront horizon, unspoilt sand dunes and a reputation for an elegant and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Southport Flowershow - an annual event during August, is now established as the country's largest independent Flower Show, it is unpretentious and continues to focus on the family market with plenty of attractions for children as well as spectacular designer gardens and over 1m blooms.

This four day classic event, now in its 78th year, will be themed around music, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the re-location of the iconic bandstand which has continued to provide non-stop live entertainment throughout the years for Flower Show visitors and celebrity guests.
Turn the corner from Ivydene into town and you’re strolling down Lord Street, deservedly known as one of the most handsome shopping streets in Europe, with its colonnades and arcades, select boutiques and department stores – and plenty of space to pause and watch the world go by enjoying the delights of the café society.

In Southport, there’s something in the atmosphere that encourages you to believe that you’re always on holiday. And why not – there are golf courses galore, a marine lake, nightlife to suit just about every taste and of course a beach that stretches to infinity.

A private enclave, located in a particular congenial area of central Southport and enjoying a quiet residential atmosphere, Ivydene is a privately run guesthouse of the traditional Victorian era. It is perfect for those who like to stroll to the nearest bars, restaurants and shops.
Ted and Tonja Brightmore welcome you to Ivydene.
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