Visit Southampton

Walks and Tours

Sightseeing walks and tours in and around Southampton offer visitors great opportunities to explore and make the most of a day or short break in the area. Join one of the many guided or self-guided walks and discover the history and culture of this magnificent city.

Water Tours

Blue Funnel Cruises regularly run short cruises lasting between one and three hours. These are a perfect opportunity to explore the city’s quays and marinas and the River Hamble, and enjoy a spectacular view of Southampton and the busy coastline, from the water.

Private Tours

New Forest Platinum Tours is a small family company offering bespoke private tours in the South of England. As well as visitors to Southampton, we operate in the cruise market, where we can offer shore excursions combined with airport transfers, personalised to peoples requirements. 

We have two vehicles, an executive Mercedes E320 which is licensed for 4 people and a Chrysler Grand Voyager which is liscenced for 6 people.

Visit our website for more details.

Guided Walks

Southampton Tourist Guides Association: STGA organise guided walks on a variety of themes. As a consortium of fully qualified tourist guides they are dedicated to serving residents and visitors to the city and its surrounds in their quest to finding out what there is to know about this part of England's origins, history and culture. Special theme walks, and tours for groups, and people with disabilities including visually impaired people, can be arranged on request. Young persons of 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of more than eight people must contact the Booking Secretary during office hours on 023 8057 1858 to make a private booking, for which there is a reasonable charge.

All Heritage walks will start from the railings on the South side of the Bargate and last approx 90 mins.
Price: £4.00 P.P. ($7 US; €5) – Accompanied Young Persons Under 16 Free
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am
Please note that STGA also conducts Heritage walks from the Bargate at 11:00am on Bank Holidays (excluding Christmas Day) throughout the year. 
Please note that this programme may change from time-to-time, please refer to their calendar for up to date information.If your interests extend beyond our walking tours they also provide Coach and small group driver/ guide tours to Illustrated Armchair talks and Cruise Ship Meet and Greet Facilities.

See Southampton: See Southampton Offers tours, talks, for individuals and groups.
They are held every Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm from the Bargate and last approx 90 mins.
Adults £5, accompanied children free.
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Self-Guided Walks

  • Southampton Old Town.  Follow England's well-preserved, third longest stretch of medieval town walling and step back in time to find out more about Southampton's Old Town. Download map below.
  • QE2 Mile. The QE2 Mile is the pedestrian route that runs through the heart of the city from the Cenotaph down to the waterfront at Town Quay. It links the city’s parks, new cultural quarter, shopping high street, old town and our waterfront. It is the most visited part of the city and has many historical features, the Cenotaph, Titanic memorial, Holy Rood church that was bombed in the war, and the famous Bargate stands at its centre. The QE2 mile is the economic heart of the city with more businesses along its route than anywhere else in Southampton. Download map below.
  • Titanic Trail. The trail takes you around some of the memorials and locations associated with Titanic. Download map below.
  • Curious about...Southampton walks. Take fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading our stories about the most interesting facts.


    • Old City Walls

    Old City Walls

    • Westgate Hall

    Westgate Hall

    • Southampton Town Walls

    Southampton Town Walls

    • Walking the Walls

    Walking the Walls

    • Walk the Walls sign

    Walk the Walls sign

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