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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

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    501
  • Very Good
    211
  • Average
    47
  • Poor
    17
  • Terrible
    10

Recent Reviews:

  • Kevin S
    West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Hidden Treasure
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th March 2020
    We've visited Southport many times, but had never heard of the Atkinson. On a friends recommendation we popped in. It's a wonderful mix of displays, from local history, Egyptian and beautiful art... Read full review
  • jaggeresque
    Southport, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    An Oasis of Calm ..
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th March 2020
    A really great facility in a superb town centre location. A building full of activity from peaceful reading in the library , to fascinating exhibits , a lovely coffee shop, a live performance venue... Read full review
  • catherinetA7130OA
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Music.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 29th March 2020
    Great gem of a theatre. The sound is fantastic for musical events. The staff are friendly and the theatre is spotlessly clean and all seating has a great view of the stage. The Atkinson is in... 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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