The sand dunes of the Formby & Ainsdale Coast

The sand dunes of the Formby & Ainsdale Coast

Formby town centre contains a selection of shops, restaurants and inns, and the town is just a short train ride away from classic English seaside resort Southport. Formby Golf Club is a championship course open to visitors and one of a selection of world class golf courses lining England's Golf Coast within easy reach of Formby including nearby Birkdale.

Formby Beaches

Formby beaches are spectacular all year round, not just in summer. You can go for a romantic stroll along the beach with your partner, or build sandcastles with the kids and go sunbathing during the sunny months. Dogs are also welcome on Formby's beaches, as long as you make sure they're kept on a lead at all times.

The sand dunes at Formby aren't just beautiful they're also a treasure trove of history! Over many, many years the sand dunes have slowly eroded away to reveal the layers underneath, containing early Bronze Age footprints from both humans and animals. You can go hunting for examples of these footprints while you're walking on the beach.

The Formby coast is renowned for its great watersports. You can go surfing and kite surfing off the beaches. (permits are required from Formby Council for kite-surfing). You can go boating and sailing at Formby, although Formby doesn't have its own launching facilities and for more award-winning beach space head a little further north to the glorious sands of Ainsdale. Find your perfect Formby accommodation for a beach, walking or golfing holiday online now and book!

Accommodation in Formby

  • Formby   (0.4 miles from the centre of Formby)
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    £595
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 5.
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    Self catering holiday cottage in Formby on Merseyside. With traditional features, WIFI & self catering facilities. Close to the red squirrel reserve, beach, Southport & Liverpool.
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  • Southport   (3.4 miles from the centre of Formby)
    Sleeps 4
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    £50
    per apartment chalet per night
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    Fantastic seaside holiday park at Ainside village near Southport with brand new attractions including an indoor heated pool, bouncy castle centre, game zone and free WiFi.
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