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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
|Opening Times (1 January 2020 - 20 December 2020)|
* We are also open when there are shows on, please see our website for details www.theatkinson.co.uk
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