Southampton may look a little different but it’s still the same at heart. The city has worked hard to make sure it’s a safe place and ready for you to enjoy.
SO welcome back.
Please enjoy our city responsibly and help keep you and others safe by following all current Government guidelines.
Southampton remains, as always, a friendly, welcoming city offering a diverse range of things to see and do…
With a good mix of independent restaurants and familiar national chains, Southampton offers a broad choice of places to eat and drink. So whether you’re looking for a romantic meal, a place to treat the kids, a coffee stop with your shopping bags or a pint or glass of wine in the summer sun, there’s something in the city to whet your appetite.
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has finished but some restaurants, pubs and bars are extending the promotion on their own terms or are offering some tasty deals throughout October (and beyond) so you can still enjoy a discount in some of your favourite places. Read our blog post to find out details of the discounts here.
Southampton Inside Out
Southampton Inside Out is a new initiative aiming to create more outdoor dining space in the city centre. This supports local businesses, helps to facilitate social distancing and improves customer experience and choice. A new pilot scheme has been launched in the Bedford Place area for an initial six months. Three areas of road on Bedford Place/Carlton Place and Lower Banister Street have been pedestrianised and outdoor seating has been installed. Why not head down and support your local businesses by grabbing a bite to eat or something drink outside? You can find out more about the initiative, including planned pilot schemes, here.
With more than 400 shops, ranging from department stores and national brands to small independent boutiques, Southampton offers ample opportunity for some retail therapy. Boasting two large shopping centres – Westquay and The Marlands – as well as bustling high streets and a city centre retail park, shoppers are spoilt for choice. Find out more about shopping in Southampton here.
Although some arts and heritage venues currently remain closed, others are beginning to reopen so you can still immerse yourself in the city’s arts and heritage at the likes of SeaCity Museum and Southampton City Art Gallery, or why not step back in time and walk our medieval walls.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Southampton on its now-famous journey to the New World. Find out how to get involved in the anniversary programme here.
You can also enjoy more great cultural experiences thanks to Southampton From Your SOfa, showcasing venues that remain temporarily closed and bringing their content direct to you. Discover virtual tours and exhibitions, live concerts, online events and more.
For details of rescheduled and future events in the city visit our What’s On section.
For more things to do in Southampton, visit our See & Do page.
A number of initiatives have been implemented to ensure Southampton is a safe, comfortable place to visit. Measures include enhanced city centre cleaning, floor markers and posters to assist with social distancing, increased pedestrianisation and wider footpaths, and plans to improve the city’s secure cycle parking provision.
When you visit Southampton, please follow all the latest Government guidelines including wearing a face-covering in most indoors settings (unless exempt) and adhere to the rule of six. For more information see our Be Smart page.
There are many ways to get in and around Southampton from bus to bike, and rail to road. Southampton is a strong advocate of sustainable travel and we encourage you to walk or cycle wherever you can. The My Journey website has lots of information on cycling including safety information, cycle routes and maps and ways to improve your confidence on the road.
We have strong public transport links which have social distancing and COVID-secure measures put in place to allow for a safe and enjoyable journey. Face coverings are now mandatory to wear on public transport and we advise to check service times and with the individual operators for updated information. You can find out more information on protecting yourself and others on the My Journey page here. Visit our Getting Here and Getting Around pages for more information. You
If you're coming from further afield there's a great choice of places to stay in Southampton from heritage hotels to B&Bs and boutiques all set in the heart of the city centre. Safety measures will be in place such as regularly cleaning, hand sanitising stations and limiting capacity in restaurants so you don't have to worry about it. You can head to our accommodation page to find out more. Why not try:
If you live or work in Southampton, or nearby, please consider supporting your local Southampton businesses. You can do this by visiting your favourite local shops instead of shopping online or trying somewhere new to go on the high street.
A little goes a long way - why not write a really great review for the café or bookshop you have visited in Southampton, recommend to a friend or even buy a gift card to help support them even more.
Some of the safety measures have been implemented using some of the £225,000 from the England European Regional Development Fund. This marketing campaign aims to reassure, encourage and inspire residents in Southampton and the surrounding areas to visit the city which is safe and ready for their return. Visit Southampton and Southampton City Council will also be using some of the grant funding to amplify these messages through paid-for channels, such as: digital, local press, radio and leaflet drops. We will publish outcomes and results on this page once the campaign comes to an end.