Botanic Gardens & Museum


Botanic Gardens Museum

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Road





01704 227547

Opening Times:

Mon: Closed

Tue: 10am – 5pm

Wed: 10am – 5pm

Thu: 10am – 5pm

Fri: 10am – 5pm

Sat: 10am – 5pm

Sun: 10am – 5pm

Bank Holidays:

10am – 5pm

The Venue

The Botanic Gardens Museum is Sefton’s only local history museum and houses a wonderful collection of temporary and permanent exhibits relating to Southport’s heritage, industries and traditions. Its permanent collections belong to the public and admission is free.

Due to the museum’s setting in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, visitors are assured of a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable day out. Aside from the many exhibits and historic reconstructions on display, visitors can also enjoy the adjoining cafe and a host of entertainments including train rides, boating and crazy golf.


Southport was a fashionable Victorian seaside resort.  In 1874 its wealthy residents decided to add to the town’s attractions with a botanic garden and museum in Churchtown. The Mayor, Walter Smith, formed the Southport and Churchtown Botanic Gardens and Museum Company. The Company raised £18,000 to build a botanic garden with a large conservatory, a museum and tea rooms in Churchtown.

Due to popular demand the Botanic Gardens opened in 1875 although the museum and conservatory were not completed until 1876. The Attraction at the Botanic Gardens Museum and conservatory were so popular that they soon earned a place in the guide books of the day. However, in 1932 the Botanic Gardens and Museum Company was declared bankrupt and the Museum’s collection had to be sold by auction in 1933 to pay the creditors. The council were persuaded to restore and re-open the gardens and museum. The Botanic Gardens were eventually re-opened by Sir Roger Fleetwood Hesketh in 1937.

It took longer to restore the museum building and to build up a new collection but finally on July 3rd 1939 the Botanic Gardens Museum re-opened to the public as Southport’s first municipal museum. The outbreak of war briefly closed the museum again between September 1939 and April 1940. Since 1940 the museum has expanded to include the two ground floors, which were previously tea rooms.

Today two of the museum’s galleries are devoted to local history including the Southport seaside garden city exhibition. Many of the exhibits have been given by local people, including the Pennington collection of British birds in the natural history gallery. The Victorian room illustrates life in the 19th century when the museum first opened.

Set in the beautiful Botanic Gardens, the Botanic Gardens Museum has an excellent range of facilities for hosting special events and we can be very flexible in meeting the needs of commercial clients, educational organisations and clubs.


On Foot
The Botanic Gardens Museum is situated in the Botanic Gardens, Churchtown, on Bankfield Lane.

By Train
Please check with the national railway enquiries for train services and destinations by going online at

There is a free, unrestricted parking on Botanic Road, within easy walking distance of the front gates.


There is also a car park situated off Verulam Road / Balmoral Drive in Churchtown.

Our Visitor Centre here at the museum can accommodate up to 60 guests and we can provide a range of facilities including:

  • Audio visual systems
  • PowerPoint
  • Slide projector
  • OHP
  • Microphones
  • Standard display aids – flip charts, marker pens etc.

Hire this Venue

Our rates are extremely competitive and we will be pleased to discuss any special requirements that you may have. To find out more about how the Botanic Gardens Museum can accommodate your needs please contact:

Nicola Jones – Museum & Galleries Officer

Tel: 01704 227547 / Send Email