Opening times for 3 December 2023
Asset Opening time Beaches Open all day Lifeboat Road car park 09:00 16:00 / exit anytime Victoria Road beach car park 09:00 - 16:00 Countryside Open all day Lifeboat Road toilets 10:00 - 15:30 Victoria Road toilets 09:00 - 15:30 Victoria Road woodland car park Open all dayMTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Lifeboat Road car parking
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Car £8.50
Lifeboat Road coach parking
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Coach £75.00
Lifeboat Road horsebox parking
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Horse box £20.00
Lifeboat Road mini bus parking
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Mini bus £20.00
Victoria Road car parking
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Car £8.50
Accessible toilet and mobility car park spaces, at Lifeboat Road and Victoria Road. Accessible paths in some woodlands and throughout the asparagus trail. Beach access via hardstanding and boardwalk from Lifeboat Road car park. At Victoria Road the beach can only be accessed over the sand dunes via a steep, sandy path. Free parking and designated spaces near paths for Blue Badge holders. For more information please download the access guide below. This guide aims to provide clear, useful information to help people know more about what to expect when travelling to and exploring National Trust Formby, particularly for those with additional needs.
Victoria Road - 2 miles off A565. Follow brown signs with National Trust logo “Formby Point” from roundabout at north end of Formby bypass by the BP petrol station. Lifeboat Road – 2 miles of A565. Follow brown signs with beach logo “Lifeboat Road” from roundabout at south end of Formby bypass.
Parking: Width restriction: 3 metres. Height restriction at Lifeboat Road car park: 2.3m (high-sided vehicles will need to park on the field at Lifeboat Road). Download the PayByPhone app from paybyphone.co.uk for a simple, contactless payment. Coins only in the machines. Avoid fines and unnecessary stress for local residents and emergency services by parking responsibly. Every time you pay to park or scan your membership card you’re helping to protect Formby’s precious wildlife.
Sat Nav: Victoria Road car park entrance at grid reference SD281082: use postcode L37 1LJ. Lifeboat Road car park entrance at grid reference SD275065: use postcode L37 2EB.
Sefton Coastal Footpath
Freshfield station: 1 mile from Victoria Road entrance Formby station: 1.2 miles from Lifeboat Road entrance Click here to find train times
NCN62, 3 miles. Due to the fragile landscape, we ask that cyclists keep to the designated cycle path, tarmacked roads or beach. Cycle racks are available next to the entrances at both Victoria Road and Lifeboat Road. There are plenty of cycle routes and paths in the local area. Bike hire is available at both the Eco Visitor Centre and Southport Train Station. You can take your bike for free, without pre-booking, on the Merseyrail network. Entry is free for visitors arriving on foot or by bike.
Lifeboat Road car park address
Lifeboat Road, near Formby, Liverpool L37 2EB
Booking is essential when visiting Formby as a school or group; discover everything you need to know about how to book a group visit, where to park and about education group memberships.
We have two sand wheelchairs available at Formby for you to book in advance and borrow for free.
Dogs are welcome at Formby, which is a one pawprint rated place. Find out all you need to know about exercising your pups on the sandy beaches and acres of woodland.
Take a look at the map of Formby to help plan your visit.
A coastal nature haven with some of Europe’s best sand dune habitats, where many rare species, including natterjack toads, thrive.
Formby’s coastline is home to many rare species, two shipwrecks and prehistoric footprints. Can you spot a red squirrel in the trees or footprints on the shoreline?
Discover some of Europe’s best sand dune habitats, where many rare species including natterjack toads thrive. Rich in history, visitors can catch glimpses of the past from spotting pre-historic footprints and shipwrecks to strolling through what was once acres of asparagus fields. Formby’s sweeping pinewoods are also home to the iconic red squirrel. Sunny days and holidays can be busy so you may decide you’ll enjoy your visit more on a quieter day.
The woodlands at Formby provide important habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. Find out more about our woodland management plan and conservation work happening this winter.
Formby is one of the fastest changing stretches of coastline under the National Trust’s care. Discover how the team are working with nature to protect rare habitats and wildlife.
Find out more about how natural sand dune movement is impacting the caravan site at Victoria Road, Formby.
Find out what's happening at Formby's nature haven and get involved. Together we can shape future plans to protect this precious landscape and the rare species that call it home.