How to get here

Southport is easy to get to whether you’re traveling by road, rail, air or sea. The stunning beaches that stretch for miles and unspoilt coastlines are within your easy reach, so come and spend a few days with us!

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.


The Atkinson does not have a car park, however there are a number of car parks close by.

The Park and Ride facility located at the Eco Visitor Centre runs all year round. You can park your car from £2.00 and hop on the free bus into the town centre. Southport is extremely coach friendly and group visitors can park coaches for £5 per day at the Eco Visitor Centre.

There is on-road pay and display parking around Southport as well as a number of off-road car parks. After 6.00pm there is free on street parking available down Lord Street and throughout the town. Please note all signs when you are parking, do not park in a Taxi Rank. For more detailed car parking information in Southport please visit Sefton website for car parking information.

If you hold a Blue Badge, you can park in either of the 2 designated parking spaces outside The Atkinson. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Parking is only for The Atkinson visitors and not for general disabled parking for the town. Access is from the bollards outside Southport Town Hall, please press the button and a member of the team will let you in. We will provide a ‘The Atkinson Visitor Parking Permit’ for three hours for the first two visitors who require them.  These can be issued to any visitors who are blue badge holders. The permits are available from the Box Office/shop counter ( Call 0151 934 2179) and we do ask for them to be returned at the end of the visit.

There is one blue badge parking space on Market Street, next to the old Carlton Hotel and on the corner of the Vincent Hotel (approx. 5 minutes from The Atkinson). There are also two spaces on Eastbank Street (facing Superdrug) (approximately 6 minutes from The Atkinson).

For more information on accessibility, please click here.


Once you have arrived in Southport, it’s easy to get around with a number of local taxi companies who can transport you door to door. If you require a taxi when you’re in the town, Radio Yellow Top Cabs (01704 531000) provide a reliable service.

Taxis are available at Southport train station, where there is a taxi office. Accessible taxis services are available at the station.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Southport which is approximately 3 minutes walk from the venue and has frequent services to and from Liverpool, Wigan, Ormskirk and further afield. Train times are available from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.


Merseyrail run fast and frequent services between Liverpool South Parkway (for Liverpool John Lennon Airport), Liverpool City Centre and Southport. You can plan your journey straight to our door with their journey planner application and as we are the last stop on the line – it is easy to find us!

northern railway

Northern Rail operates regular services to Southport from Manchester Airport, Manchester (Piccadilly, Oxford Road, and Victoria stations), Bolton and Wigan. Connecting services to / from the North East and Yorkshire are available at Manchester Piccadilly and from the North, Scotland and the South at Wigan. For further rail enquiries please visit the National Rail website.

By Bus or Coach

The nearest bus stop to The Atkinson is on Lord Street outside Christ Church. Local bus information is at

With a network of travel centres across Merseyside, Merseytravel operate a number of bus services to and from Southport. Bus timetables are available from Merseytravel on 0870 608 2608.

National Express coaches serve Southport from all major UK towns and cities making the town easily accessibly by coach.

By Air

With 3 airports less than an hour away, Southport is easily accessible by air:

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the UK’s longest established operational airports, and is located 7 miles from Liverpool City Centre with major operators including KLM, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is fully integrated into the North West’s Public transport system and located just ten minutes from the major motorway network making it easily accessible.

Blackpool International Airport offers passengers a congestion-freealternative for air travel in and out of the Northwest. It is conveniently located at the end of the M55 which links up with the M6 and has public transport links nearby.

Manchester International Airport is one of the UK’s most accessible international gateways operating to more than 200 destinations. You can connect to the airport via a number of options including train, coach and road links.

By Sea

Daily ferry crossings arrive into Liverpool from Belfast, Dublin and the Isle of man. There are also sailings from Dun Laogshire to Holyhead.