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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

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre


  • Facility for service dogs

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly


  • Licensed Bar

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  • Special group rates

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  • Conference facilities

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  • Wi-fi available



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    Recent Reviews:

    • John F
      Trip Type:
      Fantastic museum.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 19th May 2018
      Great museum .. Viking exhibition was really interesting with lots of information Egyptian exhibits arranged in a refreshing manner. Just take time to have a visit to the cafe. Value for money and a... Read full review
    • ourmillie_11
      Lanark, United Kingdom
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      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 9th May 2018
      Always something different to be found on each visit. Located central Lord street. Apart from the exhibits there is also a cafe inside on the ground floor. Read full review
    • Tom_McQuiggan
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      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 8th May 2018
      We spent a weekend in Southport to take in a concert at The Atkinson and we were MORE than happy with this venue. It was a fabulous place, made all the better by the cheerful and helpful staff. 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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