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“Average coffee shop”
Review of The Atkinson

The Atkinson
Ranked #2 of 41 things to do in Southport
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Love theatre, film, music, comedy and exhibitions? Then you'll love The Atkinson. The museum Between Land and Sea: 10,000 years of Sefton's Coast with the permanent exhibition Discover Ancient Egypt featuring The Goodison Collection means Sefton finally has a place to share its history. With Children's theatre, some of the biggest names in comedy, music and art The Atkinson really is a cultural pick 'n' mix for all the family. The Atkinson is a focal point for the town centre. Set in a grade II listed building in the centre of Lord Street in Southport. The Atkinson is managed and run by Sefton Council. Please check our website for full opening hours. The Museum & Exhibitions are open 10am - 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am -4pm on a Sunday. We are only open on Sunday during Sefton School Holidays.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This has changed since our last visit and not for the better. Low tables and sofas make it difficult to get a seat as several people want 4 seats between 2 on the sofas.

Thank R_719228
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The_Atkinson, Public Relations Manager at The Atkinson, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Hi
Thanks for your review. The cafe has recently been re-opened by A Great Little Place. With their new opening it has been very busy. We hope you do come back and visit us again as their cakes are well worth a try

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Interesting museum and art gallery well worth a visit, they were in the process of decorating while we were there so we didn't see all the exhibits but we still spent a couple of hours walking around. It's free but you have the opportunity to make a donation which we gladly did,to be able to use the Immaculate toilets on every level was well worth the donation.

Thank TelfordBarber
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

My only knowledge of this institution was that it had a Dan Dare exhibit. Arriving from the USA with my family we came here directly from the airport and were delighted to work our way through the gallerys. What a wonderful collection of art works and quirky collections such as Crazy Cats.

The highlight for me was the exhibit on Dan Dare with items lent by the creators son, Peter Hampson. Opposite this is a display case of the wares created by Meccano Ltd itself the product of local man Frank Hornby.

Over all something for everyone, obviously an appreciated part of local society this is a great aid to education and well worth the visit to discover the history of this part of the country.

Thank BRIAN B
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The_Atkinson, Public Relations Manager at The Atkinson, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed so much. We are having a Dan Dare exhibition in September 2018 so I hope you can make it back for that.

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

A library, museum, exhibition centre, local history and much more, the Atkinson is staffed by local people who really care about their seaside town and it's history. As a regular library user I see the changes as they happen so that there is something new and relevant for visitors to enjoy. Children have their own dedicated book circle and reading events as well as museum pieces designed to attract their interest. Definitely worth a visit for all the family. The gift shop is stocked with cards and gifts which reflect the spirit of Southport. There is a cafe which offers handmade cakes as well as snacks to suit most tastes. Spend a morning here and come away with a better understanding of the town, it's crafts and history.

Thank ginag782014
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

This building is very fine and the Theatre and Library can both be accessed from it. The building is well used and it is good so many using it. There is a light and airy spacious children's library so lucky locals!
The Museum is well worth visiting as it tells the history of the town with lots of interesting things to see. The newsreel clips are very informative and apt. We spent ages there and there's things to interest children too. The staff are most helpful and welcoming.
There is also an Egyptian section which comprises the collection of a Victorian lay was was an authority on the subject. It has only been on show relatively recently.

The cafe is to reopen in September and it was a pity that it was shut as it would have been popular.

Thank 30sunny
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