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History and Art Tour in Southampton (Self Guided), Southampton

Southampton is a large beautiful city and a popular spot for tourists. It has a variety of interesting cultural attractions to visit, including museums, theaters, beautiful buildings and much more. Discover England’s tradition of art and history in the following tour.
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History and Art Tour in Southampton Map

Guide Name: History and Art Tour in Southampton
Guide Location: England » Southampton (See other walking tours in Southampton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: Maia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Medieval Merchant's House
  • Tudor House Museum & Garden
  • Bargate Monument
  • Southampton Art Gallery
  • Mayflower Theatre
Medieval Merchant's House

1) Medieval Merchant's House (must see)

The Medieval Merchant's House is a restored late 13th-century building in Southampton. Built in about 1290 by John Fortin, a prosperous merchant, the house survived many centuries of domestic and commercial use largely intact. German bomb damage in 1940 revealed the medieval interior of the house, and in the 1980s it was restored to resemble its initial appearance and placed in the care of English Heritage, to be run as a tourist attraction.

The house is built to a medieval right-angle, narrow plan design, with an undercroft to store wine at a constant temperature, and a first-storey bedchamber that projects out into the street to add additional space. Listed as a scheduled monument, the building is architecturally significant because, as historian Glyn Coppack highlights, it is "the only building of its type to survive substantially as first built".

Opening Hours:
Sat, Sun: 11am-4pm (Apr-Sep)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tudor House Museum & Garden

2) Tudor House Museum & Garden (must see)

The Tudor House, founded in 1495, is a significant landmark of England’s heritage. It has been owned by several important English figures, including Sir Richard Lyster and the Lord Chief Justice. Discover England’s fascinating history, with exhibits such as a minstrel's gallery and one of Henry VIII's cannons. You can take a wonderful walk in the beautiful Tudor Knot Garden, which houses several species of flowers and herbs. Enjoy the beauty of England’s nature at this great attraction!

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 10am–3pm (last entry 2:15pm); Sat, Sun: 10am–5pm (last entry 4:15pm)
Please note that entrance to the garden is only available for those paying to visit the Museum or the Tea Room
Bargate Monument

3) Bargate Monument (must see)

Constructed in Norman times as part of the fortified walled city, the Bargate was the main point of entry and exit to and from the north. Since Southampton is on the south coast, this made the Bargate the main gateway to the city.

Constructed of stone and flint, the Bargate was built circa 1180. Additional archways were added in 1764 and 1774. Further alterations were made to the building around 1290, when large drum towers were added to the north side, with arrow slit windows.

The Bargate is now a meeting place for walking tours which are on Saturdays and Sundays and are really nice and interesting.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Southampton Art Gallery

4) Southampton Art Gallery (must see)

The Southampton City Art Gallery is an art gallery in Southampton, located in the Civic Centre on Commercial Road. The gallery's art collection covers six centuries of European art history, with over 3,500 works. It is housed in an example of 1930s municipal architecture. The gallery holds a Designated Collection, considered of national importance. Highlights of the permanent collection include a 14th-century altarpiece by Allegretto Nuzi; the Perseus series by Burne-Jones; paintings by the Camden Town Group; sculpture by Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg; and Richard Long photographs.

Thousands of visitors explore the exhibitions and displays every month and, through a programme of educational activities, Southampton City Art Gallery provides opportunities for greater access, involvement and understanding of art, for people of all ages. The gallery's educational service works closely with a range of profesional visual artists, including Melanie Rose, Debra Marsh, Jo Bresloff and Alastair Eales. Southampton City Art Gallery has won several awards and continues to be one of Southampton's most popular visitor attractions.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mayflower Theatre

5) Mayflower Theatre (must see)

The Mayflower is a Grade II listed theatre, in the city centre of Southampton, with a capacity of 2,300. It features West End theatre shows when they tour the UK. The theatre opened on the 22 December 1928, as The Empire Theatre, part of the Moss Empire theatre group. It was part of the company's expansion of the late 1920s, which also saw theatres constructed in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Oxford and The Dominion, in London.

Also in 2009, The Mayflower welcomed West Side Story, Calendar Girls and Evita, among other shows, before closing for three months, for massive development of the backstage areas, including a new scene dock and also refurbishment of the stalls and circle bar. The Season then continued, with LazyTown Live! The Pirate Adventure, followed by shows, including The Sound of Music and High School Musical 2. Shows already announced for 2010 included a return of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the first national tour of Hairspray. The Theatre has also been chosen for the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables booking from 24 August to 11 September.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Southampton, England

Create Your Own Walk in Southampton

Create Your Own Walk in Southampton

Creating your own self-guided walk in Southampton is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Southampton Waterfront Walk

Southampton Waterfront Walk

Southampton is a large city with a lot of interesting attractions. Its various landmarks of England’s heritage, including the Maritime Museum, an aviation museum and others are well worth visiting. Check out the best Southampton Waterfront attractions in the following tour!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Southampton Shopping Tour

Southampton Shopping Tour

Southampton has tons of great shopping, containing streets lined with souvenir shops, boutiques, markets and more. You can buy a precious piece of jewelery at Roux Jewellers, get fresh fruits and vegetables at Bargate Markets, or enjoy a pleasant walk down High Street. Discover Southampton’s best shopping in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Southampton Religious Tour

Southampton Religious Tour

Southampton contains many great houses of worship. It is home to a number of beautiful churches, rich in history and heritage, that are worth visiting. Discover the beauty of England’s religious landmarks, starting with St. Joseph's Church, in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Southampton Introduction Walk

Southampton Introduction Walk

One of England’s major seaports, Southampton went down in recent history primarily as the place from which the Titanic embarked on her maiden, ill-fated voyage in 1912. The local Maritime Museum and Titanic memorial pay tribute to that event, while Tudor House & Garden, together with the Museum of Archaeology, display artifacts covering over eight centuries of the city's history from...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Upper Southampton Walk

Upper Southampton Walk

Upper Southampton is very beautiful, with many green parks and interesting attractions, including the Civic Centre, Nuffield Theatre and John Hansard Gallery. Check these out and more in the following tour of upper Southampton’s best spots!

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles