Museums & History
The SeaCity Museum celebrates Southampton’s maritime history, including the sailing of the Titanic in 1912. Other museums include Solent Sky and the Tudor House & Garden. Visitors to the city can also walk the city walls. Click here to download a guided walk around the Old Town (pdf file).
WestQuay Shopping Centre
WestQuay is one of the best shopping centres in the south of England is right in the centre of Southampton. There are over 90 stores, including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Apple, Superdry, Hollister and Zara.
The new Watermark development next to WestQuay shopping centre has a brand new cinema and bowling alley. Leisure World is a huge entertainment complex, with a cinema, two nightclubs and a casino. Southampton’s rich nightlife also includes musicals and ballet at the Mayflower Theatre, pop/rock concerts at the Guildhall and a huge choice of pubs and clubs. There are many excellent restaurants, such as those in the popular Oxford Street area and WestQuay Watermark.
Ocean Village, Cruise Ships & Town Quay
Ocean Village is Southampton’s marina and offers bars, restaurants and boat trips, plus the Solent Sky museum and the Harbour Lights cinema. The city is also a major centre for sailing and is the home port for many cruise ships such as the Queen Mary 2. Town Quay and Mayflower Park are the best places to see cruise ships. Click here for the cruise ship schedule. From Town Quay you can catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight or the nearby village of Hythe.
Southampton City Art Gallery
This gallery has an impressive art collection which spans six centuries. Entrance is free. The city’s central library is in the same building.
With several large and beautiful city centre parks and the enormous Southampton Common, Southampton is one the greenest cities in the UK.
Football fans can watch matches at St Mary’s Stadium, home of Southampton Football Club (nicknamed the ‘Saints’). Southampton’s other major sporting venue is the Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket Club. The city offers a wide range of activities for sports enthusiasts, such as sailing, golf, horse riding and kayaking.
There are a lot of events going on throughout the year, including Southampton Boat Show, which takes place every September, and Common People, Southampton’s music festival. Find out what’s happening in the city by checking www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/events. Feel free to ask us any questions, too!