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Top Southampton Attractions

Southampton is located at the confluence of three rivers (the Itchen, Hamble, and Test) and as such has developed a deep and rich maritime history. Over the centuries the city has played host to King Henry V’s Royal Fleet, been the epicentre of the UK’s international wool and tin trade, earned royal patronage as a fashionable spa town and even had its very own treasonous plot to over throw the monarchy (The Southampton Plot). This rich cultural heritage has shaped and moulded the city and left a legacy that can still be explored today. Visitors can spend time walking the historic walls and buildings, visit a traditional merchants house, and learn about the city’s maritime history at the renowned Sea Museum. If you’re looking for hotels or accommodation in Southampton located within a 5-minute walk of all these historic sites and museums than our award-winning bed and breakfast is perfectly suited for you.

To help you make the most of your visit to Southampton and discover all that the City has to offer we have complied, based on feedback from our B&B guests, our top local attractions. If you would like more information on any of the attractions below, please feel free to call us or talk to our well trained helpful staff upon your arrival.

Southampton Sea City museum

An incredibly informative and inspirational museum which examines the history of Southampton’s in two separate exhibitions. The first, ‘Gateway to the world’ explores Southampton’s role as an immigration hub through the lives of the settlers who called the city their home. The second and, according to our B&B guests, the better exhibition, focuses on the Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage from the docks of Southampton. What makes this museum so special though, in our opinion is the setting. The museum is set in the grade II listed civic centre in the former law courts of Southampton with several of the exhibits cleverly intertwined with their setting. Our favourite ‘The Inquiry’ details the 1912 public inquiry in to the sinking of the ‘unsinkable ship’ Titanic and is artfully juxtaposed with the main courts paraphernalia.

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Southampton Sea City museum located in Southampton

Mayflower Theatre

The Mayflower Theatre is the largest theatre in the South of England and has been the epicentre of the South coast culture scene since its inception in 1988. Over the years, the theatre has played host to numerous national and international theatre productions and has even seen legendary rock bands, The Beatles and The Hollys sell out its amphitheatre. Set in a beautiful grade two listed building that exudes charm the Mayflower is a great place to spend an invigorating evening of fun for all ages - be careful though, rumour has it the theatre is haunted by the ghost of an elderly man sat in a wicker chair… For guests looking for a place to stay in Southampton close to the theatre, you cannot get closer than our Bed and breakfast, you literally step out our back door through an alley into the foyer of the theatre!

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Mayflower Theatre located in Southampton

Tudor House and Garden

Tudor house is arguably one of Hampshire’s most important and historic buildings. Originally built in the 1500’s the traditional timber framed structure houses a wide array of interesting and unusual artefacts that represent the history of Southampton across 800 years. Some of the best exhibits, according to the guests of our bed and breakfast, are a medieval bronze cannon, a functioning penny farthing and a suitcase full of Victorian stuffed parrots! The Tudor house entrance ticket also includes access to the traditionally designed 16th century knot gardens that feature a fountain plot, a traditional 16th century herb and edible plant garden, a seat arbour, and a bee bole. Tudor house is situated a 5-minute walk from our city centre accommodation. For directions, please ask one of our helpful staff members.

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Tudor House and Garden located in Southampton

Gunwharf Quay

Over the years Portsmouth has grown from strength to strength, with the pinnacle of their success being the development of Gunwharf Quay. Gunwharf Quay is a shopping and leisure development that features all the UK’s best brands at rock bottom prices. Armani, Coach, Gap, and Hugo Boss all have a presence here as do Diesel, Guess, Jack Wills. If you get bored shopping for Bargains take a stroll over to the historic dockyard centre and visit the HMS Victory, Nelsons flagship in Britain’s greatest sea victory, the battle of Trafalgar. Gunwharf Quay is situated a 35-minute drive from Southampton, however you can catch a train from Southampton central train station that will drop you off right in the centre. Please ask the staff of our Bed and breakfast for train times and directions.

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Gunwharf Quay located in Portsmouth

Southampton City Art Gallery

Housing over five thousand pieces of work from the Renaissance period to the modern day, Southampton City Art Gallery is an enjoyable and cultural day out for everyone. The primary focus is British 20th century artist with key works of Turner, Monet and Camden Town Group on displayed. The Gallery is housed in the stunning, grade 2 listed Civic Centre building, and is located next to the Sea City Museum. The Mayview B&B is the closet guesthouse to this Gallery, for directions please ask one of our members of staff.

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Southampton City Art Gallery

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