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

SS Shieldhall , a heritage cargo/passenger steamship included in the National Historic Fleet, offers cruises ranging from 2 hours to all-day. A former sludge boat who had seen service with the Glasgow Corporation and Southern Water, she is now run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

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, they operate in the cruise market, offering shore excursions combined with airport transfers. Their two luxury vehicles can accommodate 4 or 6 people.

Southampton Cruise Tours is a licensed private hire company offering an executive standard tour service using Mercedes E Class saloon (up to three passengers) and Mercedes Viano (up to seven passengers). Professional and friendly tours suited to English Heritage and National Trust. Stonehenge and Salisbury (Cathedral), Winchester (Cathedral), The New Forest, City of Bath and Cotswolds.

Guided Walks

See Southampton is Southampton's newest tour guiding group, offering tours and talks, for individuals and groups. An innovative series of walks has been designed to showcase the very best of Southampton.
'Hidden History' walks are held every Saturday and Sunday departing at 10.30am and 1.30pm from the Lions at the Bargate, and last approx 90 mins. Early evening walks take place between April and the end of October, departing the Lions at the Bargate at 5.30pm. On Tuesday evenings, the walk finishes at the Dancing Man Brewery, where there is an opportunity for a discounted sampling of the brewery's ales. Each Wednesday and Saturday evening there is a themed Southampton Walk - see website for details. See Southampton supports the Southampton Heritage Experience. Tours can also be provided in German, French, Portuguese and Spanish and for larger group bookings.
See up to date information on the Facebook page  and See Southampton website


Southampton Tourist Guides Association: STGA is the longest running tourist guiding association in the city.  2016 will mark their 40th year! They are a consortium of both Green Badge and Blue Badge guides and are dedicated to serving residents and visitors to the city and its surrounds, in their quest to discover what there is to know about this part of England's origins, history and culture. Special themed walks, private tours for groups, tours catering for people with disabilities, foreign language tours, are all on offer.  'Armchair tours' are available for groups who would like to have a speaker talk to them on a particular theme. They also provide a meet & greet service for cruise passengers embarking or disembarking at Southampton docks. As some of their members are Blue Badge Guides, they are also able to offer fully qualified guides to take visitors further afield such as the New Forest, Stonehenge, Isle of Wight. All their city walks start from the South side of the Bargate at 11:00 and last approx 90 mins. Please refer to STGA's website for information email: .

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.

 

    • Walk the Walls sign

    Walk the Walls sign

    • Old City Walls

    Old City Walls

    • Westgate Hall

    Westgate Hall

    • SS Shieldhall

    SS Shieldhall

    • Southampton Town Walls

    Southampton Town Walls

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