Southampton is a city filled with a wide range of historical things to do and see, whether you’re looking for a day of culture, the best places to absorb the rich history of Southampton, or just to take in the magnificent monuments found around the city.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choices, then below you’ll find some of our top tips for the best places in Southampton to get your historical fix. 

SeaCity Museum

Visit the SeaCity Museum to find yourself immersed in the history and culture of the city of Southampton. Dive deep into the tragic story of the Titanic and how it affected the city and the local community. The museum is a great jumping off point to introduce yourself to the history of the city and where to find some of the city’s oldest historical landmarks.

For the more adventurous tourists, why not take the guided ‘Titanic Trail & Heritage Walk’ which takes you around the memorials and locations around the city which are associated with the Titanic.

Tudor House and Garden

Coined as ‘Southampton’s most important historic building’, the 800-year-old Tudor House gives an insight into the life and times of Southampton in the Tudor era. It is a great place to visit for all the family, with events running year-round for all ages.

Titanic Engineers’ Memorial

Located in East Park, this memorial is dedicated to the engineers who died on the titanic over 100 years ago.

Oxford Street Southampton

Oxford Street in Southampton is one of the most historic areas of the city. With it’s beautiful historic buildings and links to the infamous Titanic. You can discover more within the venues, make sure you pick up the Titanic Trail and Heritage leaflet available at most venues on the street. You can also enjoy a bite to eat and drink whilst there!

Bargate

A Grade I listed building, the Bargate is a remnant of the Southampton Town Hall that is over 900 years old. An area of Southampton is being named after the tower, the ‘Bargate Quarter’ is aiming to ‘redefine retail in the heart of Southampton’, creating a great area to visit in the town for food, shopping and more.

Solent Aviation Museum

Fly back in time and experience the history of aviation in Southampton and the surrounding area. Whether you’re an aviation fan, or just want to enjoy a day out, the Solent Aviation Museum is great fun for all the family.

Mayflower Theatre

Since 1928, the Mayflower Theatre has been hosting quality entertainment for Southampton and the surrounding area. Whether it’s to see a world famous show such as ‘Wicked’ or one of your favourite comedians like ‘Jason Manford’ or ‘Dara O’Brian’, there are always a variety of performances to choose from.

Southampton City Art Gallery

Experience a collection of spectacular fine art at the Southampton Art Gallery located at the City Civic Centre. As well as spending time taking in the large collection of art in the gallery, there are also opportunities to participate in workshops all year round.