What to see in Southampton in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Southampton sits on a peninsula between the mouths of the Test and Itchen rivers and is home to one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Until 1930 it was one of the busiest ports in England for transatlantic transport, and its naval industries can boast of being the birthplace of some of the most important ships in the country, one of them being the Queen Mary. Hundreds of thousands of migrant ships bound for the Americas departed from here over a century ago, but certainly the most infamous to ever leave the port of Southampton was the Titanic. To this day Southampton continues to be a living city that hosts many events every year and has numerous cultural and natural attractions that make it a must-visit destination.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Seacity Museum, Tudor House and Garden

Our visit to the city starts with a great one breakfast from The Artisan where you can get a cup of coffee and a sweet for around 8,50 pounds (about € 10,00). The first stop on our itinerary will be the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, which was inaugurated in 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the Titanic's departure from this city, and the memory of the Titanic is precisely the heart of this museum that contains relics, objects, documents and memories. The museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00; the full ticket costs 8 pounds (about € 9,00) while the reduced one costs 6 pounds (€ 6,70).

Another of the most famous attractions in the city of Southampton is the Tudor House and Garden. This mansion overlooking St. Michael's Square was built in the 10th century and together with the surrounding charming English gardens immerses visitors in the life of its noble residents. It is possible to visit it from 00:17 to 00:5 and the entrance ticket costs 5,60 pounds (€ approximately).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Solent Sky Museum

For lunch we make a stop at Bacaro, a restaurant run by Italians but which revisits traditional dishes in an English way, spending even little for the average of the area (less than 18 pounds, about € 20,00, for a full dish). The next stop on our itinerary is another unique museum of its kind, the Solent Sky Museum, a historic building that collects all the history of aviation in Southampton and the surrounding area. This area was in fact the most important in the world for experimental and aeronautical development work in the twentieth century and many of the largest aircraft in the world such as the legendary Spitfire. The museum houses 18 complete aircraft and a collection of engines (entrance times: 10:00 - 17:00; full ticket 8 pounds or about € 9,00 and reduced 5 pounds, about € 6,00).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Mayflower Theater

One of the highlights of Southampton's arts and culture scene is the wonderful Mayflower Theater, which with its fairytale architecture and interiors attracts the attention of both tourists and the British themselves, making it a popular destination for a large number of the shows it hosts. We therefore recommend that you take advantage of your visit to the city to attend an event at the Mayflower and let yourself be enchanted by the professionalism and beauty of its proposals.

The shows start around 20:30 pm every night, so we recommend that you do one first stop for dinner: just outside the theater entrance we find Ovation, Mayflower Restaurant, a cozy and charming place that offers a wide range of cuisine, from classic British cuisine to fusion dishes. A full dinner will cost around £ 30 (around € 32,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 6 min
  • Places visited: SeaCity Museum (full € 9,00, reduced € 6,70), Tudor House and Garden (€ 5,60), Solent Sky Museum (full € 9,00, reduced € 6,00)
  • Breakfast at The Artisan (Get directions), Lunch at Bacaro (Get directions), Dinner at Ovation, Mayflower Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Ocean Village, Netley Abbey

For breakfast we suggest you try the pancakes of Cafè Fumée accompanied by an excellent cup of tea, in perfect English style (prices around 6 pounds, about € 7,00). The first stop today is one of the most luxurious areas of the city, theOcean Village, an expanse of residential buildings with commercial offices that overlook the mouth of the Ritchen River. The Ocean Village is an attraction to visit, if only to dream a little and admire the rows of yachts and wonderful buildings that make this maritime area a real jewel of the city.

At the end of our walk we head towards a point of interest with a completely different flavor, the Netley Abbey: to reach it, just take the Bluestar bus number 17 which will take us there in about 40 minutes. This abbey represents the most intact of the historical and spiritual buildings in the area among those that survived the bombings of the Second World War, in fact almost all of its walls dating back to the thirteenth century still stand together with many of the areas of the monastery.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Palmerston Park, Southampton City Art Gallery

For lunch we move back to the city center by taking the Bluestar bus number 6 and reach the Flying Aubergine Cafè, a small but very well-kept place where you can enjoy a light lunch (prices around 12 pounds, around € 13,40). Even our afternoon begins with a pleasant walk, but this time in the green: in fact we visit the Palmerston Park, the most loved park by Southampton residents thanks to the variety of colorful flowers such as camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. It is absolutely worth spending some time here enjoying the relaxation and the lovely atmosphere.

Another mandatory stop on our itinerary is the Southampton City Art Gallery, easily reachable on foot from the park and housed in a beautiful building inaugurated in 1939. It collects more than 5000 works belonging to more than 800 years of different history and is a great resource for learning about the history of European art from the Renaissance to the day of 'today. Another big point in its favor is that admission is free.

3 - Evening: Dinner, The Brook Theater

For our second evening we reach the local area by taking the Bluestar line number 2, and for price we recommend you stop by Garden Restaurant: this place offers quality Chinese cuisine (prices around 23 pounds, around € 25,00).
Another tour, another theater, but this time a little different: for this evening we recommend that you take a look at the famous one The Brook Theater, a much more modern theater than the Mayflower with an indoor hall that seats around 600 people and which offers concerts, cabaret and live music every night, guaranteeing you an evening of pure fun in a warm and lively atmosphere. You can spend the evening having a drink (the price of cocktails fluctuates around 10 pounds, around € 11,50) and admiring one of the many events.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 16,8 km / 3 h 30 min
  • Places visited: Ocean Village (free to visit), Netley Abbey (free to visit), Palmerston Park (free to visit), Southampton City Art Gallery (free to visit).
  • Breakfast at Cafè Fumée (Get directions), Lunch at Flying Aubergine Cafè (Get directions), Dinner at Garden Restaurant (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, John Hansard Gallery, St. Michael's Church

For breakfast we stop by The Art House Cafè, a quaint little place where they serve excellent homemade cakes to accompany with a good cup of coffee, with prices around 5 pounds (about € 6,00). The first stop today is the John Hansard Gallery, a public art gallery belonging to the University of Southampton. Its collections focus mainly on contemporary art, plus other temporary exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture, photography but also film, performance, installations and digital media. The John Hansard can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 17:00 and admission is free.

After visiting the Gallery we move to another site of great historical interest, the St. Michael's Church, reachable on foot or by bus number 1 of the Bluestar. It is the oldest building still in use in the city of Southampton, its foundation dates back to the 1770 and it is the only church still active among the five originally present within the medieval walls of the city. The exteriors in very light stone and the decorated interiors make this site a real jewel to admire, and the atmosphere that you breathe there is truly exciting. St. Michael's Church is open to the public every day from 11:30 to 15:30.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, The Common

From the church of St. Michael we move by bus number 1 Bluestar and in about half an hour we reach our next stop, The Common. Before starting the visit, however, we do our usual stop for lunch, today we stop at 7 BoneBurger Co to taste one of its excellent sandwiches, even spending very little (prices around 12 pounds, about € 13,50).

The Common is Southampton's largest open space, which with its 365 acres represents a natural oasis of unique beauty; walking inside the park you can observe small forests, lakes, streams and every type of flora and fauna that can thrive in such a lush green area. Given the vastness of the natural area and the beauty of the sunset in this setting, we recommend that you spend the whole afternoon, enjoying the relaxation at the end of this experience and preparing for our last evening here in Southampton.

3 - Evening: Dinner, The Butcher's Hook

For price we stop at Charcoal Grill, a simple but very nice restaurant, where you can taste one of the excellent local beers and indulge in a dinner of grilled meat for around 18 pounds (about € 20,00). The real highlight of the evening, however, awaits us in a very special and unique place that you can reach in about ten minutes by taxi, the The Butcher's Hook: famous among both tourists and Southampton residents, this bar was born in a perfectly preserved old Victorian butcher shop, so the external facade alone is a real eye-catcher. What makes The Butcher's Hook even more special is its infinite and varied proposal of craft beers, wines and ciders, which will be made to taste by real experts in the sector, in an atmosphere decidedly of other times. Absolutely to try. Drink prices range from 6 to 15 pounds (between € 7,00 and € 18,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8 km / 1 h 40 min
  • Places visited: John Hansard Gallery (open for free), St. Michael's Church (open for free), The Common (open for free).
  • Breakfast at The Art House Cafè (Get directions), Lunch at 7Bone Burger Co (Get directions), Dinner at Charcoal Grill (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Southampton cost

Introduce the paragraph talking generally about the costs of the destination in question, then develop the following points giving rough estimates but as real as possible:

  • Costs to eat: about € 50,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 30,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 25,00 per person (indicates costs for public transport, any taxis and transfers to and from the airport)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 136,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 70,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Southampton: from € 547,00 per person flights excluded

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Southampton: Climatically, the ideal period is June / July: in the summer months, in fact, maximums of about 22 degrees are reached and the rains are decidedly rarer than in the other seasons of the year. For more info, read the article: When to go to Southampton - best weather and tips month by month.
  • Southampton Airport (SOU) is 6km from the city, to which it connects by public transport. By train it is possible to travel via the South Western Railway (4 pounds or approximately € 4,60 for the route); by bus you can use the UC1 line (2 pounds, approximately € 2,20), while by taxi the journey will last between 15 and 18 minutes and will cost an average of 24 pounds (€ 27,00). Flights starting from € 251,00 -.
  • The best area to look for accommodation for your vacation is the southern area of ​​the city, adjacent to the boarding terminals for cruise ships, as it is one of the areas best served by transport and you can easily find accommodation suitable for any kind of needs.
  • Getting around: 3 different bus companies are available. Unilink has 5 lines, the single journey costs £ 2 (€ 2,30) and the 10-day pass costs £ 35 (€ 37,70). Bus First Group offers 12 lines, the single ticket costs 2 pounds (€ 2,30) while the 7-day pass costs 10 pounds (approximately € 11,40). Finally Bluestar offers 25 lines and also connects Southampton with nearby cities; the single ticket costs 1,80 pounds (€ 2,00), the daily one is 3,70 pounds (€ 4,20). For more info, read the article: Getting around in Southampton: info, costs and tips.

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