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A Visitors Historical Journey Through Southampton

Southampton has a rich and fascinating history, and there are plenty of things to see and do for visitors and history buffs to enjoy. If you’re planning a trip to Southampton, then here’s an brilliant itinerary for you to travel back through time and uncover more about the city’s intriguing histories of it’s people and important places to see. You could visit for just a day or maybe a weekend trip but don’t miss out on some of its most important stories and activities.

Day 1: Maritime and Local History Exploration

Morning:

Titanic Trail:  Take a walk along the Titanic Trail, there are a number of memorials in the city dedicated to those who perished when the ship sank in 1912. This tour visits some of these memorials and includes other points of interest en-route. The walk will take approximately one hour 15 minutes in actual walking time and starts from the Civic Centre. Find out more information here.

SeaCity Museum:  Explore the SeaCity Museum to learn about Southampton’s maritime history and its connection to the Titanic. Kids can stoke the Titanic’s boilers or steer the ship out of the Solent. There’s oral history from survivors and plenty of facinating facts to find out. You can also learn about Southampton’s ancient past with Stone Age, Roman and Saxon finds on display. Pre-book tickets here.

Lunch:

SeaCity Café:  With barista-style hot drinks, indulgent cakes, tasty sandwiches and a popular menu of hot lunches, with vegan or vegetarian options, all locally sourced, you’ll find something for everyone in the café.

Afternoon:

Solent Sky Museum: Explore the Solent Sky Museum, dedicated to aviation history, with a focus on the Spitfire and other iconic aircraft. With 20 historic aircraft to see there’s plenty to keep kids entertained. Find more information.

Evening:

Oxford Street: Head to Oxford Street for dinner, known for its historic pubs and diverse dining options.

Day 2: Southampton Old Town and Medieval History

Morning:

Walk the Walls: Explore the charm of Southampton’s history with a stroll around the town’s ancient walls. This signposted walk takes you around the medieval walls with many listed buildings and monuments, you’ll find many information panels along the route. We suggest starting outside Westquay on Western Esplanade, near the Arundel Tower. You can purchase an Old Town Walk booklet from the Tudor House shop. Alternatively you can find some brilliant guided history walks by See Southampton here.

St. Michael’s Church: Visit St. Michael’s Church, the oldest building still in use in the city, with parts dating back to the 11th century. It is the only church still active of the five originally in the medieval walled town. You can find it opposite the Tudor House & Garden museum an it’s FREE to visit.

Tudor House and Garden: Visit the Tudor House and Garden, Southampton’s oldest museum and very important historic building which gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. The traditional Tudor Knot garden is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. You can buy tickets on the day or pre-book them here.  

Lunch:

Tudor House Café: The modern Café building with it’s living green roof sits perfectly within it’s much older surroundings, giving you plenty of light and time to take in your visit. Whether you want to pause for a mouth-watering cream tea mid-trip or end with a delicious locally sourced lunch. The Café at has it covered.

Afternoon:

Gods House Tower: God’s House Tower holds many fascinating stories, brought to life with their exhibition: Stories Behind the Stones, found throughout the historic Tower. You can even grab a coffee in their café. From thought-provoking art exhibits to breathtaking views of the city, God’s House Tower is a cultural gem waiting to be discovered.

Medieval Merchant’s House: Tour the Medieval Merchant’s House, a restored 14th-century building in one of the busiest streets in historic Southampton, providing insight into medieval life. The house is managed and run through English Heritage, find out more information here.

Evening:

Dinner at The Dancing Man Brewery: Enjoy dinner at The Dancing Man Brewery, located in a historic building overlooking the city walls and waterfront. Find out more here.

If you’re still looking for things to do in Southampton, try Visit Southampton for some great family days out inspiration, or if you want to keep up to date with the latest events and activities, signup to our weekly Culture Vulture email here.