What to see in Southampton and surroundings in 7 days

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South East of the UK, Southampton is a Hampshire county town, less famous than London or Brighton, but no less charming. There its history has always been linked to the sea as it is an important European cruise port which has made it a lively place, full of historical and cultural tourist attractions, trendy clubs, parks and museums. The Titanic also set sail from here! In addition, it is also ideal as a starting point for visiting the surroundings!

This is the right place to spend a week's vacation. Here are our tips on what to see in Southampton and surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much is a week in Southampton
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start your Southampton tour from Bargate, once the gateway to the ancient fortified city. From here, taking the High Street you will be in the old part of the city.
Visit the important St. Michael's Church, dating back to 1770, characterized by very pale stone exteriors and decorated interiors.
Then move to the neighbor Tudor House & Garden, a 10th century mansion surrounded by magnificent English gardens (Mon-Thu 00: 15-00: 10, Sat-Sun 00: 17-00: ).

For lunch, go to the Oxford Street area and look for a table at the Carnicero Steakhouse REstaurant & Bar, a place that offers excellent beef and pork (average cost £ 20,00, about € 21,70).
In the early afternoon take a stroll to nearby Queen's Park and then walk to the Solent Sky Museum (every day 10: 00-16: 00, Sun from 12:00). Inside this historic building is Southampton and environs' history of aviation preserved and you can admire the 18 perfectly preserved complete planes as well as several engines. End the afternoon with a visit to Saint Mary's Church, another beautiful church with an important altar and a typical English facade.

For your first evening in we suggest you book a show at The Brook Theater, a modern theater offering concerts, cabaret and live music. You can reach it from the center with the bluestar line 2 or the U6C line in 25 minutes, or by taxi in 15 minutes. Since the shows usually start at 21pm, first head to the nearby Top Top Chinese Restaurant for dinner, which offers high-end Asian cuisine at affordable prices (average cost £ 00, around € 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,9 km / 1 h 27 min
  • Places visited: Old Town (free), St. Michael's Church (free), Tudor House & Garden (£ 5,00, approx € 4,60), Oxford Street (free), Solent sky museum (£ 5,00, approx € 4,60) , ), Saint Mary's Church (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00 (any ticket for The Brook Theater is not included)
  • Lunch at Carnicero Steakhouse Restaurant & Bar (Get directions), Dinner at Top Top Chinese Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

For the first stop on today's itinerary we suggest the SeaCity Museum, a Southampton museum inaugurated in 2012 for commemorate the centenary of the Titanic.
Inside you will find various objects, documents and relics that belonged to this boat (every day 10: 00-17: 00).
From here in a few minutes walk you can reach the Titanic Musican's Memorial and the Titanic Engineers' Memorial, of the bronze statues and monuments that commemorate this tragedy.

For lunch stop at Nando's Southampton, a place where you can enjoy a variety of chicken dishes and sip a good beer (average cost £ 15,00, around € 16,00).
In the afternoon visit the Southampton City Art Gallery, one of the most important museums in the city. Here in about two hours you can contemplate various works, paintings by English painters, ceramics and objects of various kinds (10: 00-15: 00, Sat until 17:00).
At the end of the visit take a nice walk through Palmerston Park to reach theOcean Village, the modern shopping and entertainment center built around the marina. Here you can indulge in some shopping and relaxation.

In the evening, stay in this area, full of clubs and restaurants, we suggest The Jetty, where you can eat oysters and fresh fish with a beautiful view of the harbor and the sea (average cost £ 35,00, about € 38,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,2 km / 39 min
  • Places visited: Sea City Museum (£ 8,00, approx € 8,70), Titanic Engineer's Memorial (free), Southampton City Art Gallery (free), Ocean Village (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Lunch at Nando's Southampton (Get directions), Dinner at The Jetty (Get directions)

3 day

This morning first visit God's House Tower, the first structure in England built for military purposes that now houses a museum on the culture and historical heritage of the city (Tue-Sun 10: 00-17: 00).
A few steps away, at the Oxford Street stop (Stop QD) take the green line bus 6 City REd which in 20 minutes takes you to Netley Abbey, an abbey dating back to 1239 inspired writers, poets and artists for centuries (from April to September every day 10: 00-16: 00, from October to March same time only on weekends).

Have lunch near the ruins at Jolly Friar, a fish & chips (average cost £ 10,00, around € 11,00).
In the afternoon, first take a bus of line 6 City REd to Holyrood Chrurch, change here and get on the U1A bus (blue line) which takes you to Northlands Road, the stop for the The Common. Spend the afternoon in this beautiful natural oasis characterized by parks, small forests, lakes, streams and a rich variety of fauna and flora.

Enjoy the sunset and take the U15C bus back to the city in 1 minutes. End the day with a dinner at the Soleto Bistro, a really welcoming place (average cost £ 20,00, around € 21,70).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 15,7 km / 3 h 18 min
  • Places visited: God's House Tower (free), Netley Abbey (free), The Common (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00
  • Lunch at Jolly Friar (Get directions), Dinner at Soleto Bistro (Get directions)

4 day

For this day we suggest you rent a car (rental cost per day £ 27,00, approximately € 30,00).
In 45 minutes, following the A27, you will reach Highclere Castle, the famous castle from the Downton Abbey TV series where events and tastings are organized (times and cost of admission vary according to the program, consult the official website).
Then get back in your car and go to Beaulieu, a town 14 miles from Southampton.

For lunch, stop by Beaulieu Restaurant & catering (average cost per person £ 15,00, around € 16,50).
In the afternoon go immediately to the National Motor Museum, one of the largest museums dedicated to the automobile which houses around 285 means of transport. Then visit Beaulieu Abbey and the nearby Palace House (area open Mon-Sun 10 am-00pm, until 17pm in summer, single entry £ 00 / € 18).

For dinner, return to Southampton and go to the Bedford Place area, full of bars; if you like Japanese cuisine, dine at Nara, a restaurant that offers Japanese dishes of excellent quality (average cost per person £ 35,00, € 38,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 146 km / 2 h 2 min drive including transfer to / from Southampton
  • Places visited: Highclere Castle (price based on events); National Motor Museum, Abazia and Palace House (single ticket £ 24,75, approximately € 26,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 110,00
  • WD ride in Salisbury Plain
  • Lunch at Beaulieu Restaurant & catering (Get directions), Dinner at Nara (Get directions)

5 day

We recommend an excursion outside Southampton, not far from the coast: the Isle of Wight. The best way to visit the island is by taking part in an organized coach tour that leaves from Southampton Passenger Terminal and will let you discover the beauty of this island.

After the crossing of about 1 hour, the first stop is Needles And Alum Bay, ideal for a stroll on the beach and a little relaxation.
The next stop will make you discover Tennyson Down and Comton Bay, to admire the landscape.

After lunch (we advise you to take it with you), in the afternoon you will visit the Osborne House, the summer vacation residence built for Queen Victoria who fell madly in love with this island (daily 9: 00-17: 00, admission £ 20,40 / € 22,00). Then the tour will include stops at Samdown Beach and Yaverland Beach, and before taking the ferry back you can visit Ride, the town where sea connections arrive. Finally return to Southampton in the evening.

For dinner, stay in the port area and eat at La Regata Restaurant, a Spanish place, where you can enjoy excellent tapas and paella (average cost per person £ 22,00, € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 65,1 km / 1 h 27 min by car + 2 hours by ferry
  • Places visited: Isle of Wight (€ 54,86 organized tour), Osborne House (£ 20,40, approx € 22,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Isle of Wight coach tour
  • Lunch at Shalcombe (Get directions), Dinner at La Regata (Get directions)

6 day

Leave in the morning with a rental car (rental cost per day £ 27,00, approximately € 30,00) or with an organized tour and in about 2 hours you will reach Bath.

This town sits along the River Avon and is famous for its natural hot springs which at the time of the Romans represented a meeting place to dedicate oneself to wellness. Enjoy a stroll through the historic center, green areas and along the Avon River. Crossed the Pulteney Bridge, dating back to 1773, characterized by shops and shops.

Stop for lunch at Bill's Bath Restaurant, a place that offers a varied menu in a very comfortable setting (average price £ 22,00, € 25,00).
Continue your tour by visiting Bath Abbey (7: 00-19: 00) and the Royal Crescent, the impressive semi-circular structure of terraced houses built between 1767 and 1775.
Then take your car back and on the way back you can't help but stop at Stonehenge, one of the most famous monuments in the world. This site from 3.000 BC is a circular terrain with several monoliths and stone circles inside surrounded by nature (winter 9: 30-17: 00, summer 9: 00-20: 00, admission £ 21,10, approximately € 23,00 , ). Enjoy the sunset and return.

For dinner we recommend O'Neill's, a restaurant serving typical English food, such as burgers, fried chicken, eggs and mixed meat dishes (average cost £ 20,00, € 22,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 208 km / 3 h 33 min drive including transfer to / from Southampton
  • Places visited: Bath old town (free), Pulteney Bridge (free), Bath Abbey (free), Royal Cres (£ 10,60, approx € 11,87), Stonehenge (£ 21,10, approx € 23,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 150,00
  • Stonehenge: Bath Entrance Ticket: Roman Baths and City Walking Tour From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off
  • Lunch at Bill's Bath Restaurant (Get Directions), Dinner at O'Neill's (Get Directions)

7 day

Conclude your vacation with one last excursion: Windsor. You can reach it by train in about 2 hours from Southampton Central with the Cross Country and the GWR to Reading Station, Slough, to Windsor and Eton Central (from € 41,00 to € 66,00).

Visit the beautiful castle now, official residence of the Royal family erected in the 10th (00 am-16:15 pm, until 17 pm in summer, admission £ 15 / € 23,50).

For lunch, stop for a Hamburgher at Flaming Cow (average cost per person £ 15,00, € 16,50).
In the afternoon walk to Eton College which enjoys an excellent reputation and within it are three museums (Natural History, Antiquity and the Museum of Eton). You we recommend visiting the Natural History Museum, to learn about the fauna and biodiversity of the place and inside there is an original manuscript by Charles Darwin (Mon-Fri 9: 00-17: 00, admission £ 10,00 / € 12,00). Return to Southampton in the late afternoon.

For your last evening we recommend that you return to the Bedford area; dine at Diego's Rotisserie, a restaurant serving traditional Portuguese dishes (average price per person £ 25,00, € 27,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 194 km / 2 h 31 km by car including route to / from Southampton
  • Places visited: Windsor Castle (£ 23,50, approx € 26,00) Eton College (£ 10,00, € 12,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 120,00
  • Windsor Castle Admission Ticket Windsor: Original Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off
  • Lunch at Flaming Cow (Get Directions), Dinner at Diego's Rotisserie (Get Directions)

How much is a week in Southampton

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Southampton, being in Great Britain, is not exactly an economic destination, also because there are no low cost and direct flights from Italy. The only way to save a little is to rent an apartment for a week and shop at the supermarket as the average cost of a meal, even in a pub, is around £ 20,00 (around € 22,00 ). There are no passes for museums and attractions, while for transport we suggest purchasing 7 or 10 day passes. Finally, if you don't want to take a too expensive holiday but want to visit the surroundings rent a car instead of relying on organized excursions.

  • starting from € 300,00
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Isle of Wight London Coach Tour: Southampton Transfer with Windsor Castle Visit From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 1.045,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Southampton: June and July are the least rainy months and with average temperatures of 22 °; the rest of the year the climate is rather humid and cool - find out more
  • Southampton Airport (SOU) has no direct flights from Italy. London Gatwick Airport (100km away) is connected to Southampton by the National Express Shuttle Bus (journey time 2 h 35 min, departures every 40 min, cost £ 16,00, approximately € 18,00)
  • southern area of ​​the city, with various accommodations and close to the boarding terminals for cruise ships and served by transport
  • How to get around: Unilink company has 5 lines, a single journey costs 2 pounds (€ 2,30) and a 10-day pass for 35 pounds (€ 37,70). Bus Company First Group offers 12 lines and Bluestar company with 25 lines and also connects Southampton with neighboring cities. The center can be easily visited on foot or by bicycle, the preferred means of transport for the inhabitants - find out more

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