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Lower Ground Floor
Central Library
Civic Centre
SO14 7LW

Tel: +44 023 8083 3333

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If you're looking for what to do in Southampton, a short break in this Hampshire City means time for serious shopping in the West Quay Shopping Centre, a look at classic and cutting edge art in the Southampton City Art Gallery, taking in a show at the Mayflower Theatre or remembering the tragic tale of the Titanic at the SeaCity Musuem.

The WestQuay Shopping Centre, situated in Southampton city centre, is a popular place to shop. Laid out over three floors, you'll find all the big name stores and there are lots of places to eat.

A short walk from the West Quay Shopping Centre is the Southampton City Art Gallery. Entrance to the Southampton City Art Gallery is free and there's a fascinating programme of exhibitions.

Things to do in Southampton

  • Unleash your sense of adventure at Go Ape at Itchen Valley Country Park or for a more relaxing day out, try Manor Farm Country Park.
  • Step back in time at Tudor House Museum and Garden or visit Bursledon Brickworks, the only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country.
  • You can also catch the ferry across to the Isle of Wight. Sail down Southampton Water and see the busy shipping, from enormous container ships to elegant cruise liners that dock regularly in Southampton.
  • A short walk from the West Quay Shopping Centre is the Southampton City Art Gallery. Entrance to the Southampton City Art Gallery is free and there&rsquos a fascinating programme of exhibitions.
  • A short distance from Southampton City centre is Paultons Park home of Peppa Pig World, a theme park for families with more than 60 wonderful rides and attractions.

Accommodation in Southampton

There are plenty of places to stay in Southampton with the Grand Harbour Hotel being right up as being one of the finest. The hotel is adjacent to all 4 of the city's cruise terminals in an attractive waterfront location, and offers 173 en suite bedrooms, incorporating a range of suites and waterfront rooms with balconies. Alcantara Guest House  is a family run guest house offering well maintained, quality accommodation. Located just a short distance from the city centre. It offers a comfortable base whether you are visiting Southampton for business or pleasure.

What's on? Southampton events guide

The Spitfire, the famous fighter plane, was designed and developed in Southampton. You can see the important role the city played in the history of flight at Solent Sky, the Museum of Aviation. Further more, if you plan on visiting the city or anywhere else in the south of England, Southampton Airport is serviced by connections from around the U.K. and many of the largest cities in Europe.

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What's Nearby

  1. SeaCity Museum

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    0.1 miles away
  2. O2 Guildhall Southampton

    O2 Guildhall Southampton is the South's largest multipurpose entertainment venue. Hosting some of...

    0.13 miles away
  3. Mayflower Theatre

    The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton is one of the largest theatres in South East England and...

    0.26 miles away
  1. See Southampton

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  2. Tudor House and Garden

    Uncover over 800 years of history in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town. Tudor House and Garden...

    0.44 miles away
  3. Southampton Medieval Merchants House

    Sensitive restoration has returned this house to its mid 14th century appearence steeped in...

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  4. Solent Sky

    Unique display of aircraft,engines,models and artefacts connected to the Solent area including a...

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  5. SS Shieldhall

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  6. Southampton Water Activities Centre

    SWAC offers courses in sailing, powerboating and theory shorebased courses. The purpose built...

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  7. Blue Funnel Cruises

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  8. Harbour Lights Picturehouse

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    1.01 miles away
  9. First Class Sailing

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    1.1 miles away
  10. Nuffield Southampton Theatres

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  11. Tightloops Fly Fishing

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  12. Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

    Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre offers activities/courses in kayaking, canoeing, climbing and...

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