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Type:Towns & Villages

Lower Ground Floor, Central Library, Civic Centre, Southampton, Hants, SO14 7LW

Tel: +44 023 8083 3333



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

  • 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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Friday, 16th November 2018 - Sunday, 23rd December 2018

Southampton Christmas Festival and Christmas MarketThe Southampton Christmas Market features a traditional German market operated by internationally renowned WELA Märkte featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine chalets with traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit.
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