The Atkinson

The Atkinson
Lord Street
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 1DB

Tel: +44(0) 1704 533333

The Atkinson

About

The Atkinson is Southport’s home for music, theatre, art, literature and history. You can find us in the middle of the iconic Lord Street and just 3 minutes’ walk from Southport train station.

We offer an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing our stunning 19th century buildings to create a welcoming and accessible multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

Our traditional Theatre and dynamic Studio space present an outstanding programme of music, comedy and performing arts from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies.

The Atkinson is also home to an impressive collection holding over 3,500 artworks and over 25,000 pieces of social history, which are displayed on rotation across our museum and galleries.

The regularly changing exhibition programme presents work from our collection as well as contemporary art, family friendly and thematic exhibitions delivered in partnership with other cultural organisations.

Our Egyptology Gallery presents the Goodison Egyptology Collection, where families can discover what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. The collection was unseen for over 40 years until 2014 when Heritage Lottery Funding provided an exciting interactive gallery for it to be displayed in.

Explore the history of those who have lived and worked along the Sefton coast, from prehistoric times to the present day in our museum Between Land and Sea – 10,000 Years of Sefton’s Coast.

Find a range of handmade items from local artists, local history information and museum & exhibition souvenirs in The Atkinson’s shop. We regularly host craft fairs and are always showcasing items from local makers.

Relax in our award-winning café A Great Little Place and enjoy great coffee and delicious fresh food. The café offers the finest locally-roasted artisan coffee delivered by trained baristas and imaginative food created in our own kitchens.

The Atkinson is also home to Southport Library who offer a range of services to the local community as well as tourist information.

The Atkinson is open throughout the year and presents a varied seasonal programme and changing exhibitions, events and lectures, so whatever time of year you visit, we offer a fun, creative and varied day out with family or friends.

Facilities

Other

  • Accept Credit/Debit Cards
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Bus Route
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Disabled Access
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Family Fun
  • Gift Shop
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Accessibility

  • Facility for service dogs

Catering

  • Licensed Bar

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

ith a variety of road networks leading into Southport taking in some stunning views, it is easy to travel to Southport by car:

From the South, take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport.

From the North, follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) and then follow the signs to Southport.

For direct routes please visit the AA Route planner.

Parking

There is on-road pay and display parking around Southport as well as a number of off-road car parks. For more detailed car parking information in Southport please visit Sefton website for car parking information

Disabled Parking

There is more information on our accessibility page. There is disabled parking at the front of the building that  is available but is limited to two spaces.  These spaces are offered on a first come, first served basis. We will provide a ‘The Atkinson Visitor Parking Permit’ for three hours for the first two visitors who require them.  These can be issued to any visitors who are blue badge holders. The permits are available from the Box Office/shop counter (Call 0151 934 2179) and we do ask for them to be returned at the end of the visit.

Public Transport Directions

By Train

It could not be easier to visit The Atkinson by Train as Southport station is just 3 minutes walk from the venue.

Merseyrail run fast and frequent services between Liverpool South Parkway (for Liverpool John Lennon Airport), Liverpool City Centre and Southport. You can plan your journey straight to our door with their journey planner application and as we are the last stop on the line – it is easy to find us!

 

Northern Rail operates regular services to Southport from Manchester Airport, Manchester (Piccadilly, Oxford Road, and Victoria stations), Bolton and Wigan. Connecting services to / from the North East and Yorkshire are available at Manchester Piccadilly and from the North, Scotland and the South at Wigan.

For further rail enquiries please visit the National Rail website.

By Bus

With a network of travel centres across Merseyside, Merseytravel operate a number of bus services to and from Southport.

National Express coaches serve Southport from all major UK towns and cities making the town easily accessibly by coach.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    484
  • Very Good
    206
  • Average
    45
  • Poor
    16
  • Terrible
    10

Recent Reviews:

  • reposadojo
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    Trip type:
    Couples
    A must visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 5th October 2019
    This museum is a great place to visit while in Southport, it has some great exhibits and also do some night time events also. Weather its wet or dry make sure to visit. It has also got some great... Read full review
  • Margaret G
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Hidden gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 14th October 2019
    Only found out this place has cafe in it from a local. Had coffee and fruit and coconut scone with jam and butter. One of the best I have ever tasted. Others in group had different cakes and there... Read full review
  • lisa c
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
    Day out with friends
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th October 2019
    We came here for a specific exhibition. But have been back a number of times. The Atkinson is a little gem. Read full review

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 January 2019 - 20 December 2019)
DayTimes
Monday10:0017:00
Tuesday10:0017:00
Wednesday10:0017:00
Thursday10:0017:00
Friday10:0017:00
Saturday10:0016:00
SundayClosed

* We are also open when there are shows on, please see our website for details www.theatkinson.co.uk

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