Beach Car Parking

Please note: our beach car parks at Southport and Ainsdale will close for the season at the end of the day on Thursday 30th September 2021. 

You can park on the beach car parks at Southport and Ainsdale during the spring and summer months (1st April to 30th September). However, they can be reduced in size or closed depending on tidal conditions or at other times for reasons such as severe weather or organised events.

The all-day charge for parking on Ainsdale and Southport beaches is £10 and we operate a cashless payment system as a preference. 
 
For regular visitors, Sefton Council offers a money-saving £30 annual season ticket (non-refundable) for parking on Ainsdale and Southport beaches, also available for those who drive a hybrid or electric car.

This funding provides essential support to contribute to the costs to provide our services and preserve the natural beauty of our coastline for generations to come. 

The quickest and easiest way to buy your beach parking contract ticket is to buy online using the e-form.  

You can call 0151 934 2961 or email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk for further enquiries.

Other parking

A new off-beach car park for Ainsdale is in the planning process and is expected to be ready to open in 2022.

There are many other pay and display car parks in the Southport area just a short walk away from the beach.

Crosby beach is backed by a promenade, from where you can safely view the Another Place ‘Iron Men’. There are several pay and display car parks adjacent or close to the promenade.

Car parking for the beach at Formby is managed by the National Trust, who have lots of helpful tips you should read when planning your visit there. Have a look at their planning your visit page. 

Visitors should not park in residential areas and should expect a fine for anti-social, irresponsible and illegal car parking. It is a key priority for our Enforcement Officers, working alongside Merseyside Police, to tackle parking issues near the coast and resources will be increased in areas where they persist. 

Reduced beach car parking and tidal closures 2021

Please note: our beach car parks at Southport and Ainsdale will close for the season at the end of the day on Thursday 30th September 2021. 

Beach car parks at Southport and Ainsdale are generally open every day between 1st April and 30th September each summer. However, they do need to close or be reduced in size depending on tidal and weather conditions, sometimes for organised events (such as the Southport Air Show) and at other times as determined by the Council (e.g. pollution incidents).

We also need to take close note of the weather conditions, especially wind direction and strength – certain conditions may require further closures. 


Last Updated on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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