God's House Tower | Arts & Heritage Venue

About God’s House Tower

Visit God’s House Tower, the historic gateway to Southampton’s Old Town.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating past and inspiring present of God’s House Tower.  God’s House Tower (GHT) is a truly unique arts and heritage venue with a fascinating and colourful past, located at the entrance to Southampton’s historic Old Town.

GHT as we now know it, was constructed over several hundred years and has held many different uses over that time, including a period as one of the country’s most dismal jails. The oldest part of the building – originally known as God’s House Gate – was built in 1189 and named due to its proximity to the nearby God’s House Hospital. The original gate was built to give access to the Platform Quay and was used to guard the town from attack by sea.

Today’s visitors to GHT can explore our popular ‘Stories Behind the Stones’ heritage exhibition, where each floor of the Tower takes you on a journey through time. Discover centuries of history retold with immersive installations, fascinating displays and capped off with stunning rooftop views across Southampton Water.

This major refurbishment of one of Southampton’s most iconic historic buildings also features two galleries exhibiting exciting contemporary art, a local history community library, as well as our welcoming cafe bar and courtyard – the perfect spot for morning coffee, lunch, or a snack within our medieval walls. Unique artworks and high quality prints created by local artists are available to buy in our shop.

Open Friday to Sunday all year round (closed at Christmas). Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 10am – 4pm

*Please check for seasonal and events opening hours.

Free entry to main building and galleries

£5 adult entry to Stories Behind the Stones heritage exhibition and rooftop.

Under 16s free with a paying adult

Why should I visit?

    • Visit ‘Stories Behind the Stones’ where each floor of the Tower takes you on a 700-year journey through time.
    • Relax in the GHT cafe and courtyard where you can grab a drink and try our new locally-sourced menu.
    • Experience thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions and installations in the main gallery and project space.
    • Find out more about Southampton’s fascinating history in our local history library.
    • Take in the views of Southampton Water and the Old Town from the top of the tower and imagine life in the city 700 years ago.


Assistance dogs allowed
Disabled access
Dogs accepted
Gift shop
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us


God’s House Tower

Town Quay Road


SO14 2NY

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By car: postcode is SO14 2NY.

Our closest car parks are Gloucester Square and Mayflower Park which are both a 2 minute walk away and provide a step free route to GHT. Further afield there are parking bays in Ocean Village and West Quay which are a 10 minute walk.

On foot: GHT is a 15 minute walk from West Quay and 20 minutes from Southampton Central Station and the Cultural Quarter. Follow the signs down the High Street to the ‘Old Town’ and you’ll soon find GHT on the far left corner before Queen’s Park.

By bike: If you are cycling to GHT, you will find a bicycle rack on Lower Canal Walk next to the building, which you can use to lock up your bicycle.

By train: The nearest train station is Southampton Central which is one mile from God’s House Tower, a seven minute bus journey or a 20 minute walk. Turn left at the end of the High Street and walk 75 metres along Town Quay Road.Woolston Station is 1.3 miles away, a 14 minute bus journey or a 30 minute walk.

By bus: GHT and Town Quay can be found on a number of bus routes including: U1, U6 and Quay Connect.



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Children love to explore the Tower heritage exhibition ‘ Stories Behind the Stones

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