The Atkinson

Polly Checkland Harding
Image courtesy of The Atkinson

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Southport, PR8 1DB – Visit Now

The Atkinson is Southport’s very own multi-arts institution. Opened in 1878, the institution was built as a result of a £6,000 donation by cotton manufacturer William Atkinson: it started out as an art gallery and library. Since then, the 19th Century buildings have undergone extensive refurbishment to turn the venue into a home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature, history and film. There’s a shop, selling gifts and contemporary crafts, along with a Bakery, a cafe serving sandwiches, sharing platters and cakes.

The Atkinson incorporates a museum showcasing the history of Southport and Sefton.

  • Lord Street, Southport
  • Southport
  • PR8 1DB
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

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