Main Southampton visitor attractions and highlights
Welcome to the International Maritime City of Southampton.
Stroll around Southampton's 13 remaining medieval towers, learn about Southampton's seafaring past at the Maritime Museum and see the personal belongings of the passengers and crew at the Titanic Voices exhibition. Or take a trip to Solent Sky and hear about the legendary Spitfire, designed in Southampton, or visit the Museum of Archaeology, which traces the history of the city.
The City Art Gallery was described by the Independent as 'one of the best places outside London to see British modern art and studio ceramics'. It houses over 3500 works of art spanning six centuries. West Quay is one of the UK's top 10 shopping centres, with over 100 stores including all the high street favourites. There are three other shopping centres in the city as well as boutiques, designer stores and an antiques quarter.
You could also visit IKEA Southampton which is just 3.5 km from our Southampton hotel. There is more to IKEA than just shopping with a creche to keep small children occupied and a variety of activities for slightly older children. IKEA is also ideal to have a light lunch either on your way to us or on your way home.
The Sports Centre in Southampton includes a dry ski slope, all-weather pitches, cross-country routes and tennis courts. The Quays Eddie Read Swimming and Diving Complex offers a wide range of sporting activities and you can perfect your swing on the city's municipal golf course. Our coastal location means great watersports including windsurfing, sailing, ocean racing, power boating and dragon boating. The Southampton Boat Show, held annually in September, is the largest on-water boat show in Europe.
If spectating is your thing, The ageas Bowl (formerly the Rose Bowl) is home to the Hampshire Cricket Club, and Southampton Football Club play in the superb St Mary's Stadium, just outside the city centre.
Useful links and distances
New Forest - approximately 5 km
Marwell Zoo - approximately 12 km
Maritime Museum - approximately 3 km
IKEA - approximately 3 km
David Lloyd Tennis Centre - approximately 0.5 km
Ocean Village and Leisure World - approximately 4 km
St Mary's Provident Football Stadium - approximately 4 km
Southampton Docks and Cruise Terminal - approximately 3 km
West Quay Shopping Centre and the Quays - approximately 3 km
Southampton International Annual Boat Show - approximately 3 km
Broadlands - Stately home, grounds and venue - approximately 3 km
Isle of Wight Ferry Terminal - approximately 3 km
Rose Bowl Hampshire Cricket Club - approximately 15 km
PaultonsPark - Family Adventure Park - approximately 10 km
Mayflower Theatre - approximately 3 km