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Formby Beach, Formby
(4.1/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
Formby beach is the location of the first lifeboat station in the UK. Established perhaps as early as 1776 by William Hutchinson, Dock Master for the Liverpool Common Council. It was the first lifeboat station in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world. The foundations of the last of the lifeboat station buildings remain on the beach. The last launch took place in 1916.
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  • Came here with my 21 yr old daughter and 4 year old niece. It was cold but bright and we were well wrapped up. The beach is lovely with lots of shells to collect. There is plenty of space and perfect ...  more »
  • Plenty of places to choose from to walk here there is an entrance fee of £5.70p but if you're a national trust member it's free. Plenty of toilets dotted around... all clean that we visited! ice cream...  more »
  • The National Trust maintain the site which includes dunes, beach and pinewood forests. After paying an entrace fee, you enter a pinewood forest that opens up to a space just before the dunes. You can ...  more »
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  • The best beach around. The sand is amazing and you can get lost in the wooded area. Great day out with kids and pooches
  • Only given 4 stars due to lack of amenities - toilets. Two main entry points, one from National Trust (members free) or from Lighthouse street, which is £4.5 per car. The beach is beautiful with massive sand dunes all around and beach stretching for many miles.
  • Nice beach to visit with the family. The sea is was quite far the beach when we visited so was quite a walk. Also getting from the car to the beach is hard work. Going up a slight hill with beach sand everywhere is hard work. It's the most annoying anything about the whole visit. If you have kids in pushchairs, it is a mission getting to the beach. The car park isn't too expensive but fills up really quickly. If you're visiting and the car park is full then "it's one out, one in" can take a while getting in. However I would suggest parking in the surrounding streets as it's free and not far to from the entrance. However if you take into account the distance from the streets to the beach or would take you a good 20 minutes plus to get there. However is a great walk with kids. There's also designated picnic areas where there's wooden benches to enjoy a small picnic. There's a small and pit to keep the little ones occupied. Overall it's a lovely place to visit apart from the walk up and down the hill.
  • Love it here! We come regularly as our doggies love running up and down the beach and having a swim. Great sand dunes to explore too!
  • Love this beach. Probably the best in the north west. Clean (well as much as can be), amazing sand dunes to explore and red squirrels to see.