What better way to start your weekend than with a hearty breakfast and warm brew at The Docks Coffee House, located in Southampton’s historic Old Town? As well as a mouth-watering menu, this award-winning café boasts a charming, beachside vibe that guarantees to get you into the holiday mood.
Next, enjoy a walking tour of Southampton’s medieval town walls and discover more about the city’s rich history. Featuring six gates, 13 towers, 90 listed buildings and 30 ancient monuments across one kilometre of the city, Southampton’s medieval town walls are some of the most complete in Britain. (Book in advance with See Southampton or Southampton Tourist Guide Association).
Circle back to Bugle Street and explore one of Southampton’s most historic buildings, Tudor House and Garden. This timber-framed building facing St Michael’s Square was built in the late 15th Century, with King’s John’s Palace, an adjacent Norman house accessible from Tudor House Garden, dating back a further 300 years.
With family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays, Tudor House offers something for visitors of all ages and interests - not forgetting a small café serving a delicious range of refreshments all day, such as afternoon tea and homemade cakes, if you’re looking for a light bite to eat.
Test your wits with a trip to Houdini’s Escape Room. Based on the Japanese online game 'Takagism', this real-life escape room experience challenges players to work together to find clues, solve hidden puzzles and decipher codes to escape a locked room before time runs out.
Finish your evening with a delicious dinner at one of the restaurants located in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, followed by a show-stopping performance at Nuffield Southampton Theatres City, one of the UK’s few remaining producing theatres, or Mayflower Theatre, the third largest theatre in the UK.
Sit back, relax and watch the world go by over a freshly cooked breakfast at The Artisan, located in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. Then enjoy a peaceful walk in Watts Park, where you’ll find two historic monuments: The Cenotaph, designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1920, and a statue of Isaac Watts, one of Southampton’s most famous sons.
Just around the corner from Watts Park, you’ll find Southampton SeaCity Museum, which introduces the city’s connection with the sea, including its Titanic heritage, and the stories of the people who have travelled in and out of Southampton by sea through the ages.
Continue down Portland Terrace until you get to Westquay shopping centre. With more than 100 shops to explore, spanning everything from fashion and beauty, to food and drink and home and lifestyle, you’re guaranteed to find a few bargains. Download the LoyalFree app to your phone to discover even more special deals in the vicinity.
After a couple of hours perusing the shops, enjoy dinner and a film at Westquay’s dining and leisure development. Boasting a diverse range of bars and restaurants, as well as a Showcase Cinema de Lux, it’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and unwind before a new week.
If you prefer independent movies to Hollywood’s latest blockbusters, Harbour Lights Picturehouse is just a short taxi ride away from Westquay, and showcases arthouse and international films as well as live satellite screenings.