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Make it Southampton: On Stage!

Southampton buzzes with events year-round; you might be coming to watch the Saints at St Mary’s Football Stadium, for cricket at Utilita Bowl, to catch the newest production at Mayflower Theatre or to enjoy a concert at the O2 Guildhall – whatever the experience, don’t miss out - it’ll be much more fun if you stay on and explore!

Theatre, concert and live performances

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Mayflower Theatre is often the first stop for productions before transferring to the West End, so an excellent venue for latest shows without the London price tag, why not make it extra special and book a pre-theatre dinner, a comfortable hotel overnight and then discover the city’s sights the following day?

Whether it’s a concert at the O2 Guildhall or Turner Sims Concert Hall, a night out at a smaller independent venue or a huge sports occasion, Southampton offers a wide-ranging choice of accommodation for every budget.

Photo by Turner Sims.

Dining Options

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Head to the Oxford Street area for a cool, sophisticated vibe. The home of independent restaurants and bars, it’s perfect for an early dinner and when the sun shines you can spill out onto the pedestrianised walkway and dine al fresco.

To the north of the city, Bedford Place is packed with international choice. Take your pick from Japanese, Portuguese, Caribbean, Nepalese, Italian or head to one of the many neighbourhood pubs for a pint of craft ale and some traditional pub food.

For a special night out, check out the renowned Pig in the Wall nestled in Southampton’s Town Walls or for Marina views can be had at Ocean Village which offers a host of bars and restaurants, many with outdoor areas.

Early evening activities

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If you’re feeling active, there’s plenty on offer. 1st Base is the top spot for American sports fans, step into the state-of-art batting cage, with cutting-edge screens you’ll feel right in the centre of the game.

Or take your pick from Tenpin in Auckland Road offering 36 bowling alleys, Locked in a Room, Rocket Ronnies for pool, or Boom Battle Bar and The Mayflower Village for a variety of table top games.

Photo by Boom Battler Bar.

Day Time – sightseeing options

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If you have spare time during the day and want to explore Southampton’s top attractions – A ‘Must See’ is the SeaCity Museum in the Cultural Quarter. This fabulous interactive museum tells the story of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic which setoff on its final voyage from Southampton. Step back in time and listen to the stories of the people who were there and the impact the disaster had on the then town of Southampton. Check out Southampton’s role as the Gateway to the World and discover Southampton’s rich and diverse history.

To dig into Southampton’s impressive history, walking the Town Walls is an excellent starting point. Begin at the Bargate, the original Norman gateway to the town. As you walk along the Walls you will learn about historic buildings and stories of the town. There are fascinating stops along the route including the 800 year-old Tudor House and Garden, this beautifully restored timber building is the city’s oldest museum, make sure you pick up the excellent audio guide. Particularly special in the spring, the Tudor Knot Garden here was recreated from historical documents as it may have been in the 1500s. And there’s a lovely café here for a break.

Children and adult on the roof at Gods House Tower

If you’re visiting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, visit the God’s House Tower, a mixed arts venue with changing exhibitions along with a popular café. The tower also has a permanent “Stories behind the Stones” attraction which tells the history of the building and has a fabulous view out to the waterfront.


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Every getaway needs a visit to the shops! In Southampton there’s immense choice. This is a top shopping destination in Hampshire, boasting two indoor centres, a wide range of markets and plenty of independent retailers within the city centre. Browse the High Street and East Street for independent specialty shops.

The big hitter is Westquay, conveniently placed right in the centre of the city, offering more than 100 stores including big brands like Typo, Sweaty Betty, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Body Shop and Marks & Spencer.

Browse fashion labels like Tommy Hilfiger, Hollister and Oliver Bonas alongside big names like Hotel Chocolat, Lush and Rituals. And when hunger strikes, there are scores of eateries, most staying open till 8pm.

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