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Things to do and Attractions in Southampton

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Located on Hampshire’s South Coast the city of Southampton offers an abundance of things to do for all ages to enjoy. Discover the city’s maritime history, attend a sporting event, dance the night away at one of the city’s many live music venues or events, explore art galleries and museums, enjoy world class theatre shows or shop till you drop at Westquay and high street.

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city head to one of Southampton’s many green spaces or country parks. Stretch your legs, feed the ducks and explore beautiful landscaped parkland.

For a more relaxing experience book yourself into one of Southampton’s spas or enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea.

Did you know that the Titanic started its voyage from Southampton? Visit SeaCity Museum to discover more of the story or take a self-guided tour of the city and explore key locations and memorials connected to Titanic and the ship’s staff and passengers.


Attractions in Southampton

The city is home to top attractions and offers something for all ages. You’ll find art galleries, museums, country parks, escape rooms, theatres, famous sporting grounds and much more.

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Shopping in Southampton

If you love to shop, Southampton is the city for you. With two large shopping centres, a busy high street and several well know larger stores; the city is a shopper’s paradise.

Westquay is Southampton’s largest shopping centre and is home to well-known brands such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Jack Wills, Hollister, Zara and many more. Adventure out into the high street and find even more much-loved high-street brands.

Just up from Westquay you’ll find The Marlands Shopping Centre, which is home to names such as The Disney Store, Wed2B and The Perfume shop.

As well as the high street brands you’ll find large independent stores such as, Ikea, Decathlon and Next Home.

The cities high street turns into a traditional German inspired Christmas market during the festive season. Wooden chalets pop up offering gifts, decorations and festive foods.

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Museums in Southampton

Southampton is steeped in history and dotted across the city you’ll find several museums offering you the chance to step back in time.

Located in Southampton’s old town, the Tudor House is one of Southampton’s most important historic buildings. With 800 years of history this timber framed house was built in the 15th century. Explore a fascinating range of artefacts and get an insight into life in Southampton throughout the ages.

Find out about Southampton’s connection with the Spitfire and aviation history at the Solent Sky Museum. This hidden gem of a museum offers you the chance to get up close to different aircrafts and learn about their fascinating history. As well as housing a collection of aircraft, Solent Sky is home to the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust. See a unique collection of historic artefacts and photographs that illustrate the history of Hampshire’s police and fire service.

Southampton is famous for its port and SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of Southampton, their lives and the historic connections with Titanic and the sea.


Jane Austen and Southampton

In 1805 Jane Austen’s Father passed away and Jane, her mum and sister Cassandra moved to Southampton. Whilst living in the city Jane spent her time walking the city’s walls and taking excursions to Netley Abbey and the River Itchen.

The Dolphin Hotel in the heart of Southampton is where Jane celebrated her 18th Birthday in 1793. Today the hotel is 4 star and a Grade II listed building. You can visit the hotel for afternoon tea or book a room and stay the night.

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Theatres in Southampton

Each year Southampton’s theatres attract an array of world-class performances, music, dance and comedians.

The Mayflower Theatre is Southampton’s oldest theatre and often shows touring West End Musicals, top comedians and international performances.

In the city’s cultural quarter, you’ll find Nuffield Theatres City theatre. This innovative performance space shows some of the best touring performances.

The sister theatre Nuffield Southampton Theatre Campus is located on the University of Southampton’s Campus and offers a jam-packed schedule of top-quality shows and performances.


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Southampton Guided Tours

A guided tour is a great way to explore Southampton and to find out about it's fascinating history with an expert. See Southampton Tour Guides and the Southampton Tourist Guides both offer regular tours to visitors covering a variety of Southampton's attractions, buildings and historical events.

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