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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
  • 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


  • 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



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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Recent Reviews:

  • philmX2743VR
    Southport, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Changed a lot
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 3rd July 2019
    Although it has changed considerably since the old days of the Arts Centre (which I personally think is a better name), it is a wonderful building which has some really good exhibitions and events... Read full review
  • jiggin
    North Wales
    Looks an interesting place
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 8th July 2019
    Very interesting place but unfortunately didn’t manage to explore it fully just looked around the souvenir shop and bought a couple of post card prints. Read full review
  • L M W
    Warboys Cambridgeshire
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Egyptian exhibition.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 14th July 2019
    On the second floor. glass lift. a very interesting show of artefacts collected by Mrs Goodison. A very nice video for children about life in ancient Egypt. Read full review

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 20 Dec 2019)
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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