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Lively city that enjoys a stunning setting on the River Solent inlet. Are you looking for things to do in Southampton? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


Southampton is a modern and vibrant city to visit, with much to see, do and learn. It enjoys a unique setting on the inlet of the River Solent which provides some spectacular views. The city's rich history is evident everywhere you look and it's many museums are not to be missed as you learn of it's intriguing maritime past. Other must see attractions include the Civic Centre - home to the Guildhall, library and many significant events throughout the year; Ocean Village - a trendy marina development full of waterfront attractions, restaurants, bars, cinemas and shops; Southampton Common - an enormous area of green in the very heart of the city, with plenty for all the family such as the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife; and the Rose Bowl - a prominent local sporting venue where many important cricket matches take place, together with many seasonal open-air concerts. On top of all this Southampton has a number of excellent theatres, acclaimed live music venues, top restaurats and a thriving bar and club scene.

Known for...   River Solent, Marina, Rose Bowl and Maritime History


Did you know...

  • The Pilgrim Fathers chose Southampton as their point of departure from England and both Mayflower and Speedwell were here in August 1620. Plymouth, in Devon, only became a departure point when the two ships put in there following the Speedwell springing a leak.
  • Southampton has the oldest Bowling Green in the world dating from before 1299 and it is still in use. Every August a unique competition takes place there for the Knighthood of the Old Green, the winner being entitled to be called ‘Sir’ within the club.
  • The writer Jane Austen and members of her family lived in Southampton between1806 and 1809. A new Jane Austen Trail is linked to a series of plaques in the Old Town tracing her associations with Southampton.



 

  Attractions

Westgate Hall

Westgate Hall (formerly known as Tudor Merchant's Hall) is adjacent to Westgate in the Town Walls of Old Southampton.
Westgate Street
off Bugle Street
Southampton
SO14 2AY

 

Medieval Merchant's House

English Heritage - John Fortin, a merchant who traded with Bordeaux, started building this house c. 1290.
58 French Street
Southampton
Hampshire
SO1 0AT

 

Tudor House And Garden

Southampton’s most important historic building, Tudor House reveals over 800 years of history in one fascinating location.
Bugle Street
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 2AD

02380834242

Recommended by Sally Harper, Southampton

 

Manor Farm Country Park FREE

Working farm of a bygone age in a scenic setting. Great fun for all the family.
Pylands Road
Burlsledon
SO31 1BH

01489787055

 

The New Forest Wildlife Park

Wonderful range of wildlife set in 25 scenic acres.
Deerleap Lane
Southampton
SO40 4UH

02380292408

 

QE2 Activity Centre

QE2 Activity Centre caters for people of all ages with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities & other specific needs.
Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane
Bursledon
Hampshire
SO31 1BH

 

The Eling Experience

Great half day tourist attraction for visitors to the area but is also a hidden treasure right on the doorstep for local residents.
Eling Lane
Totton
Hampshire
SO40 9HF

 

Longdown Activity Farm

Come along and enjoy a fantastic family day for everyone.
Deerleap Lane, Ashurst
Southampton
Hampshire
SO40 7EH

02380292837

Recommended by Sara Lewis, Southampton

 
 

  Museums

Solent Sky Museum

Presents the history of flight in the south of England covering 26 aircraft companies and their many milestones and records.
Albert Road South
Southampton
SO14 3FR

02380635830

Recommended by Mike Harding, Portsmouth

 

SeaCity Museum

Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and history.
Havelock Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 7FY

 

Southampton Museum Of Archeology

Fascinating archaeological museum.
Wool House Maritime Museum
Town Quay
SO14 2AR

02380223941

 
 

  Parks

East Park FREE

A Green Flag award winning park, East Park has the highest concentration of trees, shrubs, rose beds, herbaceous plants. Mini golf.
Southampton
SO14 0AD

 

Lower Test Marshes FREE

This site is 400 acres (162 hectares) of saltmarsh, reedbed, marsh and old unimproved meadows.
Test Estuary
near Totton
SO40 3GD

 

Testwood Lakes FREE

The reserve is an assortment of grassland, wet woodland, hedgerow and lake environments.
near Totton
SO40 3YD

 

Southampton Common

The huge 326 acre Common, just a short walk from the city centre, is a haven for flora and fauna and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Common
Southampton
SO15 7NN

 
 

  Galleries

Southampton City Art Gallery FREE

Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection, which spans eight centuries.
Civic Centre Road
Southampton
SO14 7LP

 

John Hansard Gallery FREE

At the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton you'll discover world-class contemporary art exhibitions and events for all ages.
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

02380592158

 
 

  Bowling

Ten Pin

Ten-pin bowling centre.
Auckland Road
Southampton
SO15 0SD

08718733150

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Imax Southampton

Modern multi-screen Imax cinema complex.
Leisure World
West Quay Road
SO15 1RE

03330144501

 

Cineworld Southampton

5 screen cinema located at the popular Ocean Village.
Ocean Village
4 Ocean Way
SO14 3TJ

03303334444

 

Odeon Southampton

Multi-screen cinema.
Leisure World
Southampton
S015 1RE

03330144501

 
 

  Theatre

Mayflower Theatre

Grade II listed theatre in the city centre of Southampton.
22-26 Commercial Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 1GE

 

The Mayflower Strictly Confidential

Following the continued success of BBC One's ratings-winning Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood's brand new show.
26 Commercial Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 1GE

 

The Mayflower

The South's Premier Theatre Venue.
26 Commercial Road
Southampton
SO15 1GE

02380711811

 

The Nuffield Theatre

Hosts all kinds of drama, from Shakespeare to contemporary, and regularly features international premieres.
University Road
Southampton
SO17 1TR

02380315500

 
 

  Live Music

Academy Of Music And Sound

Founded in 1994, The Academy started life in humble settings, offering private instrument lessons and Music Technology courses.
28 Chapel Road
Southampton
SO14 5GL

02380829666

 

Southampton Guildhall

Southampton's leading live music venue. Full listings available.
Southampton
SO14 7LP

 

Southampton Joiners

Much loved intimate live music venue.
141 St Mary Street
Southampton
SO14 1NS

02380225612

 

The Brook

Intimate live music venue.
466 Portswood Road
Southampton
SO17 3SD

 

Southampton Rose Bowl

Premier sporting venue and host to international music acts.
Botley Road
West End
SO30 3XH

02380472002

 
 

  Comedy

Jongleurs

Popular comedy club.
2-4 High Street
Town Centre
SO14 2DH

08707870707

 
 

  Leisure centres

Accolade Fitness

Independent health and fitness centre.
Unit L
Centurion Industrial Park
SO18 1UB

02380233988

 

The Gym

Gym and fitness centre. No contract required.
First Floor
176-178 High Street
SO14 2BY

08443843898

 

The Outdoor Sports Centre

The Outdoor Sports Centre is a 150 acre site full of green space dedicated to the love of the great outdoors.
Thornhill Road
Bassett
Southampton
SO16 7AY

 

LA Fitness

Friendly gym and fitness centre.
239 Winchester Road
Southampton
SO16 6TP

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, gym and fitness centre.
Off Brownhill Way
Frogmore Lane
SO16 0XS

02380747160

 

Shirley Swimming Pool

Indoor swimming pool. Lessons/classes available.
Kentish Road
Southampton
SO15 3GR

02380781901

 
 

  Water sports

Southampton Water Activity Centre

Offers a wide range of watersports.
Floating Bridge Road
Southampton
SO14 3FL

02380915753

 

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre is set in 17 acres of woodland surrounded by a variety of water environments.
Woodmill Lane
Southampton
Hampshire
SO18 2JR

 
 

  Sport

Alpine Snowsports Centre

Nestled in the trees at our 150-acre Outdoor Sports Centre, the Alpine Snowsports Centre caters for all your winter sport needs.
Thornhill Road
Bassett
Southampton
SO16 7AY

 
 

  Climbing

Southampton Climbing Wall

Indoor climbing wall. Great way to keep fit.
St Marys Leisure Centre
St Marys Road
SO14 0BL

02380330865

 

Rock Up

Rock Up is the thrilling climbing adventure for friends and family of all ages.
Whiteley Shopping
Whiteley Way
Fareham
PO15 7PD

01489232324

 

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