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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

About

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.  
 

Facilities

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  • 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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    493
  • Very Good
    209
  • Average
    46
  • Poor
    17
  • Terrible
    10

Recent Reviews:

  • grahamsO5012QR
    What criteria?
    2 of 5 stars
    Friday, 3rd January 2020
    I have reviewed the Atkinson previously and gave it an above average rating as I am impressed with the place and the service of the staff. Today however I wish to comment on the library staff for on... Read full review
  • Adam F
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Its ok just mountains of stairs
    3 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 7th January 2020
    Been loads of times. Staff can be quite rude at times and un helpful. Tourist info in there just leaflets not like it used to be. Art gallery ok but all old art bit boring. Needs more big name art... Read full review
  • patsywilkinson5
    Merseyside, United Kingdom
    Aladdin Panto.
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th January 2020
    Would just like to say I went to Aladdin today with residents from the home I work at.We all thoroughly enjoyed it.Well done to all the cast.Looking forward to next year. Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
SundayClosed

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

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