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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Place to shop
“There is a vast range of shops available in the West Quay area, from IKEA to John Lewis, from Decathlon to Argos. In the main mall, there are the usual extensive collection of brands. There is also a huge food court, where you can have your pick of cuisines from around the world. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A great place to shop, eat, go to the cinema, Escape Rooms, or bowling all within walking distance. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
History Museum
“Hands-on venue exploring shipping and the sea, with cafe, education zone and gift shop. View all exhibitions Discover more here The Galley Refreshments The Stores Gifts & souvenirs Learning Deck Education zone Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages. Find us at: SeaCity Museum, Civic Centre Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY Look for the historic clock tower – we’re opposite the BBC South studios. Ticket Prices (All exhibitions) Adults: £8.50 Concessions: £6.00 (Under 16s and Over 60s) Family (2 adults and 3 children): £25.00 Under 5s: FREE Open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm Last admission 4pm”
  • 11 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Very cool cinema with seats where you can put up your feet. Amazing building”
  • 8 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Ocean Village is a bustling modern development surrounding a yacht-filled marina on the River Itchen. Steakhouses, brasseries, international restaurants, and hip hotels with terrace bars sit alongside the prestigious Royal Southampton Yacht Club on the waterfront, overlooked by residential towers. The Harbour Lights Picture House shows arthouse and mainstream films in a glass-fronted contemporary building.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Tudor House and Garden is a historic building, museum, tourist attraction, and Grade I listed building in Southampton, England. Established as Southampton's first museum in 1912.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Oxford Street, is located opposite to Platform House and has got a great mix of bars (The White Star. The London/Cargos/Grapes just to name a few) there is something to everyone's taste and located less than 2 minutes away.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Transportation
“Lot's of High Street shops, restaurants, Cinema and (night life I'm told!) As well as historical land marks such as the bargate and the old walls.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A nice space with some surprising works, not least the old floating bridge painted by Lowry!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Entertainment
“You can do a Walk the Walls tour and even go into the Vaults under the city which is steeped in history. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Warm, wood-&-stone-clad brewery offering beers & traditional pub eats plus patio seating. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“ For a night out, you could check out Turtle Bay. Awesome staff, everyone likes their drinks. There are some special offers, too!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great place to eat or drink with Ales on tap, over 70 hand picked wines and a great cocktail menu. They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Warm, wood-&-stone-clad brewery offering beers & traditional pub eats plus patio seating. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ For a night out, you could check out Turtle Bay. Awesome staff, everyone likes their drinks. There are some special offers, too!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great place to eat or drink with Ales on tap, over 70 hand picked wines and a great cocktail menu. They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Indian restaurant and takeaway serving traditional favourites as well as many unusual dishes. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
“30 minute walk from The Loft, 5 minutes by car, buses also stop opposite both the entrance to Ridgemount Avenue and opposite The Cowherds. Part of the Vintage Inn group. Nice pub, serves good food, added bonus of being on Southampton Common so a daylight walk to build up an appetite or work off an excellent meal.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Max’s Bar & Brasserie has for several years been one of the most popular restaurants in Southampton. Located on the bustling Oxford Street, Max’s Bar & Brasserie serves traditional Sicilian food in a warm homely setting with an emphasis on personal and friendly service. Founded by Max Romano, Max’s offers not only fresh seasonal Sicilian food, but a wide range of expertly crafted and delicately balanced cocktails. It is proud to be the home of the original Max’s Balsamic Gin & Tonic!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bright and airy modern brasserie serving a wide range of cosmopolitan French, English and Italian dishes with blackboard specials and business lunch in a lively atmosphere.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“Serving an array of different coffees, teas, milkshakes, smoothies and great for a spot of brekkie or brunch Also stock veggie & Vegan options at lunch on their special board”
  • 2 locals recommend

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