The Atkinson

Due to the coronavirus, museums and galleries across the country may have adjusted their opening times, or you may have to book a timed ticket in order to visit. Please check their websites and social media channels for up to date information.

Lord Street

  • Phone: 01704 533 333

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.

Further information

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.


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

Travel directions:

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

Upcoming events:

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.

Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Breastfeeding facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Cafeteria
  • Cinema/film screening facilities
  • Late night openings
  • Lecture theatre
  • Licensed bar
  • Members/Friends facilities offered
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Study facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups

Facilities information:

Library Gallery Museum Theatre Cinema Comedy Music Family Cafe Shop


  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Handling sessions
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Professional development and training for teachers
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available
  • Support for extended schools services available

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