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Open from 10am - 5pm Monday to Sunday. You can pay for admission on arrival at the museum.

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Adult Group Bookings

We offer an active programme of talks, tours for adult groups to discover and enjoy. If you would like to make a group booking, or to discuss visiting us please email our Learning Team at museums.education@southampton.gov.uk or phone us on 023 8083 2810. 

We also offer a range of public activities for families and adults across all our cultural venues, which can be found on our What’s On page.

Guided Tours

We offer a fantastic range of private tours led by a specialist with a background in history or archaeology and last one hour.

Prices: 

Monday – Friday during opening hours – £75 

Weekends and after-hours – £95

See our available group tours below:

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Southampton’s Titanic Story

Develop a greater understanding of the tragedy of the RMS Titanic and its effect on Southampton in this expert-led tour of our permanent Titanic exhibition. The tour is designed to complement the collections on display.
Gateway exhibition

Gateway to the World

Gain an in-depth perspective into Southampton’s history. Find out about the pirate emperor who turned Britain into his own empire in Roman times and why a witch was brought to St Mary’s Stadium in the 2000s.
Old police cells at SeaCity

Secrets of the Civic Centre

Discover the incredible story of Southampton Civic Centre, the first in the country! Visit prison cells and discover tales of medieval knights, hidden bunkers, warfare and even Romans!
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Civic Centre Clock Tower (maximum 8)

Gain a bird’s eye view of Southampton in this fantastic private tour of the clock tower. Learn about its conception, design and find out about the intriguing method of choosing its height.
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Southampton Old Town

Uncover Southampton’s hidden past with this walking tour around and under the Old Town, exploring stories of merchants, mayhem and murder along the way! This tour visits some of the medieval vaults beneath the town. The tour begins and ends in St Michael’s Square (outside Tudor House).
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The Southampton Blitz

Southampton was heavily bombed during the Second World War. This walking tour descends into a number of the public air-raid shelters and explores the experiences of those who lived through some of the darkest days of Southampton’s history.The tour begins and ends in St Michael’s Square (outside Tudor House).
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Walking the Titanic

A walking tour exploring the story of Titanic by visiting the places affected by it. The tour is about 2 miles and begins and ends in St Michael’s Square (outside Tudor House).

Tea and Lunch offers:

Enjoy a cup of tea with a scone, jam and cream, or choose from various delicious lunch options using locally sourced ingredients in our museum café. You can see a sample of our lunch offer menu here. If you have dietary requirements in the group, please let us know when booking. Please note these exclusive catering offers are only available when booking a tour or talk and are subject to availability.

Price:

Lunch starting from- £7.50 per person (including hot drink)

Cream Tea – £5 per person

Man and Woman looking at Gateway to the world exhibit

Self-guided visits

We offer a reduced admission price to the museum for groups of 10 or more. In order to be eligible for a discount it is necessary to pre-book with us. Please ring 023 8083 2810 for more information

Talks

SeaCity offers a range of illustrated talks on many fascinating historical subjects. These are available at the museum or can be booked as an outreach talk or online via platforms such as Zoom. 

Price:

Museum talks – £75

Online talks- £95

Outreach talks – £75 plus travel costs.

The following talks are subject to availability:

1338 And All That – Southampton suffered a catastrophic raid at the hands of French pirates at the beginning of the Hundred Years War. This talk unpicks the story and delves into Southampton’s medieval past.

Georgian Southampton: The Age of Spas, Stagecoaches and Highwaymen – During the 18th century Southampton grew into a prosperous spa resort. Discover its story in this talk based on the town in the Georgian era.

A History of Tudor House – Discover the story of Southampton’s most important historic building, from its Norman roots through the dark days of the Southampton Blitz, and everything in between.

A History of Southampton in Buildings – Explore the history of the town by finding out about a number of important buildings in the town today and what they tell us about Southampton’s past.

Anglo-Saxon Southampton – During the Dark Ages Southampton became one of the most important Anglo-Saxon towns in England. Unpick its story by exploring the archaeological evidence they left behind.

Southampton’s Missing Vikings – Historical sources tell us that marauding Vikings could be found in Southampton, but the archaeology has remained silent. This talk explores what was happening in Southampton during the age of King Alfred and the Golden Age of the Norsemen.

If Walls Had Ears – Southampton’s Medieval Defences This talk explores the story of Southampton through its defensive walls and touches on some of their pivotal moments including the devastating French raid that was the impetus for their creation, how it defended a major medieval and Tudor trading port, and its later roles as a space for entrepreneurial inventors and those seeking shelter from German bombers…

The Ghosts of Tudor House – Southampton’s Most Haunted Building? Go ghost-hunting in this fun talk looking at things that go bump in the night and find out about the reports of ghosts at Tudor House through the centuries.

The Life and Times of Ellen Wren: A Story of Victorian Southampton – The story of Ellen Wren is fairly well-known: she was a woman who stole and drank her way to an early grave and whose death in squalid conditions led to enormous changes in housing in Southampton. This talk charts her life from cradle, to grave, and beyond.

The Mysterious Death of William Rufus – This talk explores a nearly-thousand-years-old mystery- the death of King William II, a stone’s throw from Southampton, in August 1100.

O God, Our Help In Ages Past – The Story of Southampton’s Hymn This talk explores the Southampton of Isaac Watts’ time and the remarkable story of the hymn’s Southampton links throughout the last 300 years.

POSH – A History of Southampton Docks Discover the remarkable story of Southampton’s docks and the ocean liners that called the town home.

The Birth of Southampton – Chart the first people who came to the area that is now Southampton from distant prehistory through to Roman settlement of Clausentum.

Tales of Tudor Southampton – 16th century Southampton was awash with privateers, Italian merchants and dodgy deals. Find out more about the town during the reigns of the famous Tudor monarchs.

The Southampton Blitz – Discover the story of wartime Southampton in this talk exploring the Second World War.

Southampton: Gateway to the World – Inspired by our ‘Southampton: Gateway to the World’ exhibition, this talk explores how and why the town has become such an important maritime centre for commerce and the movement of people.

The Story of St Mary’s Workhouse – Discover the story of the St Mary’s poorhouse and delve into what life was like to poor of the town during the Victorian period.

Stuart Southampton: Mayflower, Civil War and the Great Plague – This talk focuses on Southampton in the Stuart era by examining the sailing of the Mayflower, the impact of the Civil War and the catastrophe of the Great Plague.

A Titanic Conspiracy? – Was the sinking of Titanic an elaborate insurance scam, did poor-quality rivets sink her and was a raging fire responsible for her sinking? This talk looks at the conspiracy theories associated with Titanic.

Titanic: Heroes & Villains – This talk explores the famous stories of Titanic by looking at some of the heroes and villains associated with the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Victorian Southampton in the Age of Steam, Ships & Slums – The 1800s brought new railways, docks and suburbs to Southampton which changed the town forever. This talk explores tales from Victorian Southampton.

Armchair tours

These illustrated talks take you on a virtual tour of one of our physical exhibition tours or guided walks. See all of the same sights without leaving the comfort of your chair!

Price:

Armchair tours – £95

Available armchair tours:

Southampton’s Titanic Story – Develop a greater understanding of the tragedy of the RMS Titanic and its effect on Southampton in this expert-led tour of our permanent Titanic exhibition. The tour is designed to complement the collections on display.

Southampton: Gateway to the World – Gain an in-depth perspective into Southampton’s history. Find out about the pirate emperor who turned Britain into his own Empire in Roman times and why a witch was brought to St Mary’s Stadium in the 2000s.

Old Police Station – Go behind-the-scenes of SeaCity to discover the story of the Central Police Station which was based here until 2011. Visit a padded cell and visit the old Coroner’s Court.

Civic Centre Clock Tower – Ascend Southampton’s iconic clock tower and its incredible history.

Tudor House & Garden – Visit one of Southampton’s most historic buildings and find out more about the history of the house and garden.

The Southampton Blitz – Southampton was heavily bombed during the Second World War. This walking tour descends into a number of the public air-raid shelters and explores the experiences of those who lived through some of the darkest days of Southampton’s history.

Southampton’s Old Town – Uncover Southampton’s hidden past with this walking tour around and under the Old Town, exploring stories of merchants, mayhem and murder along the way! This tour visits some of the medieval vaults beneath the town.

Walking the Titanic – A walking tour exploring the story of Titanic by visiting the places affected by it.