Guildhall Square

Southampton's Cultural Quarter

Street performers performing outside John Hansard Gallery

Southampton’s bustling Guildhall Square is well known as the Cultural Quarter of the city. Proud to be the hub of live music venues, museums, galleries, bars, cafes, and restaurants, this part of Southampton has developed immensely over the years to become a vibrant and arts enriched space.

The Cultural Quarter is home to the O2 Guildhall, the Stage Door, Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum, John Hansard Gallery (Studio 144), and MAST Mayflower Studios. Not only is there lots to do and see in the businesses surrounding Guildhall Square but the space itself plays host to many events, installations and exhibitions such as Southampton's annual Chinese New Year celebrations.

Whether you're looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids, a great night out, some fantastic food or an entertaining show, there's something for every occasion in Guildhall Square.

Upcoming events in the Guildhall Square

Event highlights

  • Solent University Graduations - July 
  • University of Southampton Graduations - July
  • Family Fun Day and Craft Fayre - 10 August
  • Summer Gospel Fiesta - 17 August 
  • Southampton Pride - 24 & 25 August 
  • Slamma Skate Southampton - 14 September
  • BBAM! Festival - September 
  • Shine Night Walk - 11 October
  • HIOWAA Fire Walk - 17 October
  • Oktoberfest - 25 & 26 October 
  • Vegan Market - 2 November 
  • Remembrance Sunday Parade  - 10 November
  • Christmas Market and activities - 14 November onwards

To ensure the smooth running of events and minimise disruptions to residents and businesses in the area, please read here for important information and updates regarding upcoming activities in Guildhall Square.

Businesses in the Cultural Quarter

From sports bars to coffee shops, the Cultural Quarter has plenty of places to visit.

SO card offers in Guildhall Square

See the latest discounts and offers available to you when you use the SO card.


Looking for more? Take a look at these pages for more things to see and do during your visit.

Updated March 2024.

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