The Atkinson

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
The Atkinson

We’re pleased to report that The Atkinson, Southport’s very own multi-arts institution, has reopened and is looking forward to safely welcoming visitors back.

You can now visit the library, museum, gallery, box office, shop and café, which are all now open from 11:00 – 16:00 Monday to Saturday.

The Atkinson, which opened in 1878, was built as a result of a £6,000 donation by cotton manufacturer William Atkinson: it started life as an art gallery and library. Over the years, the 19th Century buildings have undergone an extensive refurbishment. The venue is now well-renowned for its cultural offering: music, theatre, art, poetry, literature, history and film.

Browse the gift shop, selling gifts and contemporary crafts, and enjoy the delicious sandwiches, light bites, cakes and coffee on offer in the café. The library is now open for ‘click & collect’ services too.

The Atkinson also proudly incorporates a museum, showcasing the history of Southport and Sefton, and a gallery. The impressive collection holds over 3500 artworks and 25,000 artifacts of social history. And although the theatre and studio remain closed at this time, the box office team will be on hand to help with any enquiries during your visit.

An exciting destination for families, culture seekers and art lovers, The Atkinson is a welcoming and contemporary venue offering a varied seasonal programme of exhibitions and events.

Lord Street, SouthportSouthportPR8 1DB View map
Telephone: 01704 533333 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Friday11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday11:00am - 4:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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Tourist Attraction
Town Hall Gardens

The Town Hall Gardens is a perfect spot to recharge your batteries whilst out and about in Southport.

Southport Pier

Southport Pier opened in 1860, making it the oldest iron pier in Great Britiain. It is also the second-longest in the country.

Southport Seafront
Southport Seafront

As well as being home to the Southport Air Show, there are many nostalgic seaside delights on Southport’s seafront, including the iconic pier.

Victoria Park

In Southport’s town centre is Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show, Southport Food and Drink Festival and the British Musical Fireworks Championship

Formby Beach

A beautiful National Trust beach which emerges from glorious coastal pinewoods. The ideal spot for walking the dog and spying red squirrels.

Moor Hall

Fine dining in a renovated grade II listed manor house. Offering some of the country’s most innovative dishes in beautiful surroundings.

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Number One South Beach

Set just south of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, guests will find Number One South Beach has stunning sea views, a stylish restaurant and its own golf simulator, complete with waiter service.

White Tower Restaurant

The White Tower is renowned for its spectacular views of the sea and the famous Blackpool promenade, and its outstanding service.

Tourist Attraction
Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Home to over 125 rides and attractions, including the world famous Big One and Infusion, the world’s only suspended looping coaster completely over water. Pleasure Beach Arena is also home to the Hot Ice show, the longest running ice show in the world.

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