We have created 2 itineraries for a full day in and around Southampton for your delegates to stay a little longer, or for partners of delegates to experience.
Southampton is steeped in maritime heritage and today is known as the cruise capital of Europe. The city has a vibrant atmosphere with an impressive cultural and retail offering – featuring in the UKs top ten shopping destinations. The Mayflower is not the only voyage the city is well known for. The Titanic set sail from the White Star Dock in 1912.
- SeaCity Museum (1-2 hours approx.)
This innovative, state of the art museum focuses on Southampton and its connection with the sea, including the city’s Titanic heritage and the stories of the people who have travelled in and out of the city through the ages. Situated at the heart of Southampton’s emerging cultural quarter
- Tudor House & Garden (1-2 hours approx.)
Southampton’s most important historic building and revealing over 800 years of history in the heart of the old town. Located in the areas of the city the Pilgrims would have lived in whilst preparing the Mayflower and Speedwell for their voyage in 1620.
- Grand Café (1-2 hours approx.)
Located in the iconic Grade II listed South Western House, a former hotel to railways guests, and then later to the cruise passengers. Its grandeur reflected the wealth of the shipping industry at that time. The public areas are particularly beautiful, with a great deal of marble and elaborate ironwork on the passenger lift shafts and the staircases. In fact the main staircase was the prototype for the grand staircase on the Titanic. Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the former Wedgwood Ballroom as have many distinguished guests of the past. Two very notable ones were Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower during the Second World War.
- Get out on Southampton Water (2-3hours approx.)
After a morning of exploring the maritime history, get out on the water and see for yourself the bustling port of Southampton. Either a fast paced treasure hunt on RIB’s (rigid inflatable boats) or a more leisurely (but no less competitive) sail across to Beaulieu River or the Isle of Wight.
Hampshire is renowned as the birthplace of some of England’s most famous authors. Jane Austen was born and spent most of her life in the county, falling in love with the Hampshire countryside, which inspired much of her work.
- Jane Austen’s House Museum (1-2 hours approx.)
Follow in the footsteps of Hampshire author Jane Austen with a visit to her former home, now an intimate museum in east Hampshire. Spend time exploring the rooms in which she used to live and write and see some of the fascinating articles she once owned. Nearby Chawton House, once owned by Jane’s brother, is also a museum and garden and a memorable joint visit.
- Winchester Cathedral (1-2 hours approx.)
England’s ancient capital is a city steeped in history, offering rich pickings for visitors looking to uncover Britain’s past, including Mayflower connections. Experience magnificent architecture, priceless treasures and great works of art in one of England’s finest medieval cathedrals. Find the resting place of kings, queens and bishops as well as much-loved author Jane Austen. The Winchester Bible, a 12th century national treasure should not be missed
- Mercure Dolphin Hote (1-2 hours approx.)
The upstairs rooms of the Dolphin, with the magnificent bow windows, hosted Jane Austen on her 18th birthday as well as subsequent galas and balls. Enjoy traditional afternoon tea in one of the oldest hotels in Southampton, packed with character and history.
- Take a guided walk around the streets of Southampton (2-3 hours approx.)
Southampton was still a fashionable Spa town and close enough to the naval centre of Portsmouth to make it a popular residence for naval officers. When Mrs Austen was widowed in January 1805, she and her two spinster daughters seized the opportunity to re-locate to Southampton. Re-trace their lives through the Old Town as well as discovering many more lives that had an impact on the city we know today.