There’s plenty to do in Hampshire, but what are the most popular attractions in Southampton? What is there to do? We’ve got a list of all the top-rated tourist attractions in Southampton!

1. Tudor House and Garden

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Location: Bugle St, Southampton SO14 2AD

The Tudor House and Garden is Southampton’s most important historic building. It holds 800 years of history right in the heart of Old Town. With some buildings dating back to the 15th century, the buildings demonstrate a range of history about both the city and residents of Southampton. It has family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays, making it suitable for anyone looking to explore Hampshire’s history.

2. The Medieval Merchant’s House

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Location: 58 French St, Southampton SO14 2AT

Hidden away in Old Town, on what used to be the busiest street in medieval Southampton. The Merchant’s House once served as a residence and place of business. It’s been restored to its mid-14th century appearance, it’s within travelling distance from Netley Abbey, Calshot Castle, Hurst Castle and Portchester Castle.

3. Beaulieu & the National Motor Museum

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Location: John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN

For any fans of motors and cars, the National Motor Museum is a must. It houses early motor carriages to classic family saloons, with legendary F1 cars and record-breaking cars available for you to see (and maybe even hear)! Also on the site is the Palace House, which is set in the New Forest. It is a lush Victorian country house adorned with artwork, memorabilia and historic family treasures.

4. SeaCity Museum

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Location: Havelock Rd, Southampton SO14 7FY

Right in the heart of the city, SeaCity tells the history of the people of the city. It tells the story of the city’s connection with the Titanic and the sea. It aims to bring maritime history to life through interactive experiences designed for guests of all ages.

5. Steamship Shieldhall

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Location: 110 Berth, Southampton SO15 0HH

Steamship Shieldhall is the biggest working steamship in Britain. It is a member of the National Historic Fleet and is a working tribute to maritime heritage. Operated by volunteers, the ship allows guests to experience the adventure of a steamship, seeing the original steam engines at work, admiring the way the ship travels and listening to the Captain and crew.

6. Mayflower Theatre 

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Location:  22-26 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1GE

Mayflower Theatre is one of the best places in Southampton for any drama lovers. Showing everything from The Magic of Motown to Blood Brothers, the theatre has something for everyone. All the shows are based in the beautiful old arched building, providing not only top-class entertainment but an experience to remember, too.

7. Southampton City Art Gallery 

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Location: Civic Centre, Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LY

For any fine art fans, Southampton City Art Gallery has a broad range of artworks on show for you to peruse. Check out The Perseus Series, NAhem Shoa: The Face of Britain, Manifesting the Unseen, and a whole range of temporary exhibits too.

8. Alpine Snowsports Southampton

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Location: Thornhill Road Bassett, Southampton SO16 7AY

The snowsports centre in Southampton is a great venue for any new or experienced athletes. It has an artificial surface that is ideal for skiing, snowboarding and donutting. The centre’s passionate instructors can help you get started or help you learn new skills.