Southampton is one of Hampshire’s coastal cities and Britain’s most important cruise port, allowing people to set sail to anywhere in the world. Well known as the place the Titanic departed from on its infamous voyage, Southampton is also a great destination to stay and enjoy some leisure time.
There are plenty of things to do in Southampton, whether you’re looking for family days out or entertainment for the kids, to take in some culture or simply enjoy a relaxing picnic.
So if you’re wondering what to do in Southampton, read on.
Culture and Heritage things to do in Southampton
For those who enjoy a bit of heritage and culture, Southampton Museums offer you the Seacity Museum where you can learn more about the Titanic as well as Southampton’s shipping history, and Tudor House and Gardens where you can enjoy 800 years of fascinating history in one place.
To continue your culture journey Southampton is full of the arts, and, for those that enjoy the theatrical side of the arts then the Mayflower Theatre is perfect for an evening or matinée show with some of your West End favourites!
If you enjoy live entertainment then The Ageas Bowl is just what you need for an enjoyable afternoon or evening out in Southampton. Home to Hampshire cricket and hosting many great live acts, including Rod Stewart!
Days out with the kids in Southampton
If you’re looking for things to do in Southampton with the kids then you won’t be disappointed. Bursledon Brickworks is the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK and offers fun for the whole family, you can even make your own brick! Manor Farm Country Park is a working Victorian farm which is great for exploring, with historic buildings, costumed characters and of course plenty of animals bringing this 600 year old farm to life!
If you’ve got some thrill-seekers in the family then Go Ape Southampton is the place for you. With some of the highest platforms and quickest zip wires in the south, it’s perfect for your little monkeys – and not so little ones too!
Visit Lepe Country Park, with over a mile of beach is a great day out for all. Whether spending the day searching for seashore crabs and building sandcastles or enjoying the play area or a stroll around the coast to the D-Day remains or through the local nature reserve, there’s lots to do. Finish your visit at The Lookout, Lepe’s restaurant with panoramic views over the Solent – a destination for visitors whatever the weather!
After adventurous days or when you just want to relax, the Royal Victoria Country Park is ideal for peaceful walks in 200 acres of woodland, a nice picnic on it’s open grassland, or letting off some steam as you enjoy the small shigle beach.
Your gateway to more great days out…
For more days out Southampton is your gateway to the Isle of Wight. Red Funnel Ferries offer a regular services to Cowes from Southampton, with the car ferry or Red Jet foot passenger services catering to all your travel needs. Before your visit view our guide on the top 10 things to do on the Isle of Wight.
If you need more to do in Southampton then view our list of events, festivals and more.