Admire artwork at the city’s main gallery
Buy a coffee and a bite to eat on the train en route, so you can arrive in the city perked up and ready to explore. Your first calling point is just a short stroll from Southampton Central train station: Southampton City Art Gallery (Commercial Road).
Amongst the 5,000 pieces on display, spanning eight centuries and a whole globe’s worth of influences, you’ll see there’s a strong accent on British art here. So whether you’re into mind-bending Surrealist shapes, or strokes of Cornish landscape by the St Ives clan, there’s plenty to ponder at this free art gallery.
Explore SeaCity Museum
After lunch, submerge yourself in Southampton’s maritime history at the SeaCity Museum (Havelock Road). This attraction is a brilliant choice if you’ve got kids in tow, thanks to its three interactive, permanent exhibitions that tell the city’s sea stories in fun new ways.
You’ll be transported back in time to 1912 Southampton with the sights, sounds and model replica centrepiece at the Titanic Exhibition. Count the decks and appreciate the small-scale splendour of the dining hall, or listen in on the excited voices that coursed through the city the morning of her maiden – and only – voyage over a century ago.
The museum is right next door to the iconic Clock Tower, where you can climb from the depths of the city’s sombre history to enjoy fantastic views across Southampton.