The Atkinson

The Atkinson
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The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right 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 multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Festivals, Museum, Heritage site, Library, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

General Building
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Museum & Galleries
Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Bakery
Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Library
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Please note, our opening times are changing. We will be closed on Sundays from 11 June and re-opening on Sundays during school holidays.

Admission charges

Access to the building, Library, Gallery and Museums is free. Some events are subject to ticketing and costs.

Getting there

By Road

With a variety of road networks leading into Southport taking in some stunning views, it is easy to travel to Southport by car:

From the South, take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport.

From the North, follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) and then follow the signs to Southport.

For direct routes please visit the AA Route planner
Park & ride services

There are three operating park and ride services in Southport; the Esplanade, Kew and Fairways. Click on each name for further information on the current service offered.
Parking

There is on-road pay and display parking around Southport as well as a number of off-road car parks. For more detailed car parking information in Southport please visit sefton.gov.uk/parking

Additional info

Library
Gallery
Museum
Theatre
Cinema
Comedy
Music
Family
Cafe
Shop

Fine Art Collection

The Atkinson has an outstanding collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings and watercolours dating from the 17th century to the present day.
Exhibitions

We will be undertaking a series of thematic exhibitions throughout the year with objects drawn mainly from The Atkinson’s permanent collection, enhanced with loans from other regional museums and from the Arts Council’s collection of contemporary art. Content will be designed to cover the widest range of visitor taste from traditional oil paintings to avant-garde installations and digital media.
History Collection

Our history collections include archaeology, ethnography, coins and medals, toys, furniture, Triassic fossil footprints, maritime history and local history.
The Goodison Collection of Egyptology

This collection is considered to be of national importance and contains around 1,000 objects including a sarcophagus lid, bronze figures, jewellery, clothing and scarabs.
Decorative Arts

Our decorative art collection features large collections of Goss and Liverpool Porcelain, as well as Minton, Wedgwood, Chinese porcelain and contemporary craft.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Photography, Performing Arts, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Aviation, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Goodison Collection

Getting there

By Road

With a variety of road networks leading into Southport taking in some stunning views, it is easy to travel to Southport by car:

From the South, take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport.

From the North, follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) and then follow the signs to Southport.

For direct routes please visit the AA Route planner
Park & ride services

There are three operating park and ride services in Southport; the Esplanade, Kew and Fairways. Click on each name for further information on the current service offered.
Parking

There is on-road pay and display parking around Southport as well as a number of off-road car parks. For more detailed car parking information in Southport please visit sefton.gov.uk/parking

The Atkinson
Lord Street
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 1DB
England

Website

www.theatkinson.co.uk

E-mail

hello@theatkinson.co.uk

boxoffice@theatkinson.co.uk

Telephone

01704 533 333

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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