A Guide to the Best things to do in Southampton with the Family

When planning a family trip that includes little ones, Southampton may not be that high on the list of places to go in the UK. However, after a little research and after you’ve learnt about a few hidden gems, you’ll soon realise that it’s a city with a lot more to offer the whole family than you’d think.

If you’re thinking of going for a few days or simply have a few days there to spare whilst perhaps waiting for a ferry to your next holiday destination, we’re here to help you make the most of it. Here are some of the best things you can do in Southampton with the family.


Take a Historic Southampton Guided Walk to get to know the city

We think that one of the best ways to learn about a city and to see the majority of the best bits it has to offer in one go is to take a tour of some kind, and this tour is very special. With a maximum of 8 people, all public tours start at 11am from the South (High Street) side of Southampton’s Bargate Monument, the medieval northern gateway to the town, and take in the western and most historically intact side of the town, to the themed Medieval Walls and Vaults Walk.

Got very little kids?

You won’t have to battle very hard to keep very little ones entertained in this great city. From incredible play centres like Jungle Jeans, Southampton Common and the Play Shack, to animal and wildlife experiences at places like Manor Farm and Country Park, and The New Forest Wildlife Park, there are plenty of things to keep them curious and occupied.


…Or maybe very big kids?

If you’re taking older kids away, you don’t need to worry as there are plenty of things to keep them busy and happy too! From the amazing and very popular Sea City Museum to the Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre, from Sector Laser 7 to Go Ape Itchen Valley, there really is something for kids of all ages to do here.

Combine your stay with a trip to the Isle of Wight!

You’re just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Isle of Wight in Southampton, so if you have the time, you should definitely take the kids on a day trip as they’ll have the time of their lives right from the boat trip there. There are a million and one things to do in the Isle of Wight with kids, so you’ll never have to deal with bored little ones, either.

As well as the ferry to the Isle of Wight, Southampton is a major hub for cruise departures, so if you’re looking to park, stay and cruise, the Holiday Inn Southampton will be the ideal place to stay, too. Why not head down to Southampton a couple of days early to check out the city before departing off on your incredible cruise holiday?!

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