Set off on a walking tour
Aside from sailing, one of the best outdoor activities in Southampton is a walking tour. It’s an excellent way to enjoy Southampton’s history at your own pace, passing by ancient buildings, monuments and the city’s medieval walls.
Start your tour in the centre of Southampton old town at Tudor House and Garden (Bugle Street), with its black-and-white-striped façade. It was the city’s first ever museum and is still open for you to visit if you’d like to take a detour.
Further into the heart of the old town you’ll find one of our favourite free things to see in Southampton. The Bargate is an imposing, Grade I-listed gatehouse that marks the historic entrance to the town. Next up are Southampton’s medieval city walls – a defensive procession of towers and gates that once protected the city.
Your Southampton history tour finishes in more recent times, at the Titanic Musician’s Memorial (Cumberland Place) -a tribute to the artists who continued to play music on deck as the ship began to sink.