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The Atkinson

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB

Tel: +44(0) 1704 533333

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The Atkinson


The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, located in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming cultural centre with a strong contemporary feel.
The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. The Information Centre is the first stop in spending the day at The Atkinson. Followed by a visit to the shop that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. 
The interactive museum Between Land & Sea – 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast displays a remarkable collection telling the story of local history from pre-historic times to modern day. Our permanent exhibition Discover Ancient Egypt takes you back thousands of years to the time of the Pharaohs, exhibiting an Egyptology collection previously hidden away for over 40 years.
The exhibition spaces features gems from The Atkinson’s permanent collections and touring exhibitions. Artists featured since we have opened in 2013 include Matisse, L.S. Lowry, Walter Sickert, JMW Turner, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin to name a few!
The theatre and studio offer the very best in live entertainment with comedians, bands, lunchtime classical music concerts and more. We host two music Festivals including Love Folk in February and the Blues Fest in October.  



  • Accept Credit/Debit Cards
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • 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 for Disabled Visitors


  • Facility for service dogs


  • Licensed Bar

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities

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  • Special group rates

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  • In town/city centre

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  • Wi-fi available


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • Bridget G
    Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 21st July 2018
    Sandwiches are excellant, good selection of cakes. a lovely stop off when in Southport. There is the library and the art gallery to visit in the same building Read full review
  • bikerphil
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    An interesting and informative place
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 20th July 2018
    Most visitors like the the LORD ST area with it's tree lined Victorian look,while in that area it is worth a visit here.The programmes are varied, some free and some require payment....there is... Read full review
  • Chas K
    Southport, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Viking Exhibition !
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th July 2018
    Fascinating exhibition of Viking paraphernalia all presnted in glass cases and other forms. There was people dressed in Viking attire who told stories and poems ! Read full review

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Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2017 - 20 Dec 2018)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Opening Times (1 Jan 2018 - 20 Dec 2018)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00

* We are also open when there are shows on, please see our website for details

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