Things to do in Southampton
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Distance: 9.06 miles
Visit the historic Portsmouth dockyard and see all the wonders of what the port offers to the sea. See HMS Victory, where visitors can walk the decks of the world's oldest commissioned warship and sense the men who sailed and died with Nelson. Get the kids involved with Action Stations, where you can take off in a helicopter and fly into battle on just one of the many hands on activities showcasing the Royal Navy. Explore one of the world's leading maritime museums recounting the experiences of the men and women who contributed to the Navy's history and explore the whole magnificent harbour by getting out on the sea with one of the 45 minute Harbour Tours where you get up close to the warships and boats residing in Portsmouth dock.
West Quay Shopping
Distance: 9.17 miles
West Quay is located in the heart of Southampton city centre and boasts over 90 high street stores spread over three shopping levels and all under cover. With most major stores, a whole host of major restaurants and bars, there is sure to be what you are looking for a day’s shopping trip.
Gunwharf Quays Shopping
Distance: 9.25 miles
Gun Wharf Quays is home to 90 designer outlets, 30 cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and coffee shops, a health & fitness centre, a 14 screen Vue cinema, a 26 lane Bowlplex, and nightclub. Landscaped in a historic setting, with the famous Dockyard and Old Portsmouth only a short walk away, Gunwharf Quays is the perfect place to explore the old and new Portsmouth. There is a real buzz from the experience of the shopping, chance to soak up the spectacular views across the harbour, and the vibrant atmosphere so this will be sure to keep the whole family busy.
Distance: 11.14 miles
Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind this massive Cathedral. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power, on the site of an early Christian church. It’s been a place of worship ever since. There is lots to explore with the beautiful architecture being a prominent attraction for the multitude of visitors the cathedral welcomes everyday. Climb the towers, take in the gardens and learn about the history of Winchester and its many infamous visitors.
Beaulieu National Motor Museum
Distance: 12.79 miles
Beaulieu is guaranteed to be a great day out for all with lots to enjoy including the National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of automobiles telling the history of motoring through modern rally cars and F1 cars. Palace House, the home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey which was founded in 1204 by Cistercian Monks, Bond in Motion, the world's largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles, the World of Top Gear featuring vehicles from some of the most ambitious challenges and On Screen Cars with cars such as Ron Weasley's 'Flying' Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Distance: 13.07 miles
This beautiful Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chichester for nearly a millennium. This stunning building has unique architecture from each century of its life, and is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features exist alongside world famous 20th century artworks. The Cathedral is open every day and all year with free entry. There is also a superb Cloisters Café and Shop, complete with terrace and walled garden.
Paulton's Theme Park & Peppa Pig World
Distance: 16.64 miles
Paulton's Theme Park is full of fun family entertainment, whether it’s hitting a hole in one in our adventure golf, making a splash in the water kingdom, relaxing on the Rio Grande Train ride around the park or taking the kids to see Peppa Pig World, it will be a guaranteed fun day out for all. For those who love a scream and white knuckle ride, there are plentiful thrilling rides and roller coasters as well as a dinosaur experience where there are over 20 huge dinosaurs to get up close and personal with. This mammoth park has so much to offer to families with small kids and the big kids.
Jane Austen's House Museum
Distance: 18.53 miles
The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England. She spent the last eight years of her life here at Chawton in the 17th century house which is now preserved in her memory. Visitors are welcomed to explore the beautiful house and gardens set in idyllic countryside and to take in the literary perspective and insight into the life of a writer of her time - a life that is to this day slightly enigmatic.
Wellington Country Park
Distance: 32.3 miles
Wellington Country Park is 350 acres of beautiful countryside for safe, open air, fun filled adventures for all the family. Facilities and attractions especially suited for children include adventure play areas, a toddler’s area, sand pits, slides, miniature railway, animal farm and petting barn, nature trail maze, enchanted forest, water play, 9 holes of crazy golf and loads more play equipment to climb on and in. For the more placid adventure, within the woodlands, there are four nature trails to follow, taking in sights of our vast array of wildlife in their natural habitat. One trail allows you to get up close and personal to our resident herd of Red and Fallow deer. Open in Spring through to Autumn, see the link below for more details on opening times.