Things to do in Southampton
Thanks to Southampton’s location by the sea, the city has a long maritime history, with many world famous ships sailing from Southampton including the famous Titanic and Mayflower. Modern day Southampton still has an important connection to the sea, possessing one of the largest European cruise ports. There are lots of things to do in Southampton with a selection of great attractions, as well as fantastic shopping, eating and entertainment.
Southampton is regarded as the cruise capital of Northern Europe with over four million passengers a year. Many large cruise ships sail from Southampton including the luxurious Queen Mary 2. For more information about cruising from Southampton see our cruise page.
Historic Old Town
Southampton’s enchanting medieval Old Town has lots of unique historical features. The Bargate is the historic entrance to the town and through this you can look at many ancient monuments and buildings including the third longest stretch of unbroken medieval defensive walling in England
SeaCity Museum tells the story of the lives of the people of Southampton and their important connections with the sea. It features three excellent exhibitions including two on one of the most famous ships to have sailed from Southampton, the Titanic.
West Quay Shopping Centre
West Quay Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Southampton City Centre and offers a fantastic range of over 100 shops. There is also a growing range of eateries including Nandos, Pizza Express, Wagamama and many other places to grab a quick bite to eat
The Mayflower Theatre is the largest theatre in Southern England and offers a wide range of shows from musicals, dance and opera to comedy and dramas. The Theatre plays host to many touring productions and famous musicals transported from the West End such as War Horse, CATS and Hairspray as well as the annual Christmas Pantomime.
Southampton Guildhall is the South’s largest multipurpose entertainment venue. It is situated in the centre of the city with a large selection of restaurants and shops surrounding it. The Guildhall has played host to some of music’s biggest names, comedians and other special events.