Bonjour lecteurs! Like many other Brits this year, we decided not to go abroad for the Summer holiday. Instead, we had a mini-break in Hampshire and make the most of the English coast. We had a fabulous Family Day Out With Visit Southampton. I must say I had not been to the port city for over a decade and it is so family-friendly. We had a packed day and we discovered so much with Stanley. If you are looking for some idées, I really recommend visiting Southampton!
Tudor House & Garden.
We parked up in the Old Town Quarter and stopped by the buildings to take some photos.
Did you know that Southampton has a rich historic heritage all the way from the medieval ages?
We started our learning journey at the Tudor House & Garden. It is Southampton’s most important historic building with over 800 years of history.
I was expecting a small museum, but we had a real grand tour of the beautiful place. You start the visit with a fun 10 minutes interactive presentation. Think funky spirits telling you about this famous place in the heart of the Old Town.
You will learn about the original wall to the lives of its residents through the centuries.
And it is so much fun too for young children! We saw some really lovely dolls houses.
It is so interactive and fun, especially the displays recreating life in the old days.
We also had a stroll in the beautiful garden, stopped by to test the cannons.
The museum is parfait for families, with activities and games to keep the little ones busy.
And you end your historical journey with the attic where you can stop by in small groups.
We had so much fun and the exhibition is full-on!
Western Esplanade & Shopping
We carried on with a bit of a walk on the South-West side of the city to reach the Westquay Shopping Centre.
What a beautiful view! And for the occasion, the shopping centre had so much going on!
Open all Summer, Westquay had an ‘Enchanted Labyrinth’ mythical adventure and a maze for you and your family to walk through.
With riddles to work out and beautiful spots to stop by for photos, it’s like being in a book!
We also enjoyed spotting the hidden letters to work out the secret word.
And we obviously took a selfie to enjoy a voucher at Hamleys!
And if you feel more adventurous, you can also go on the huge helter-skelter.
Lunch at the Pig in the Wall Hotel
We stopped by Hamleys for a bit of shopping.
And we walked back to the Old Town for some yummy lunch at the Pig in the Wall Hotel on the Harbour Parade.
Do you know the Pig Hotels? Well, this one will not disappoint you with its decor.
It is simply beautiful and very welcoming as always.
Our table was ready and we enjoyed some delicious food made from the super beautiful deli bar.
The restaurant offers a very varied lunch menu of fresh produce and modern flavours.
Halloumi for moi…
Ham and potatoes for him.
The service was impeccable and we had a great time.
As always with the Pig Hotels, you are in for some fresh food in a nice spot for you to relax.
This is actually the smallest pig hotel. Why not stay in one of its 12 unique bedrooms?
Sea City Museum Civic Centre
We finished the day at the Sea City Museum Civic Centre, where we enjoyed the Titanic Exhibition.
Once more, we were in for a treat. You get to explore the story of the Titanic through the lives of the crew and the passengers.
I must say that some parts were quite emotional. Witnessing some aspects of this tragedy was quite intense!
But Stanley loved the reconstitutions of the bateau as well as all the interactive activities.
He particularly enjoyed driving the Titanic with the simulation.
And that’s not all! The Sea City Museum Civic Centre also explores Southampton’s other links to the sea. Indeed, it has been a key port in England.
And of course, we loved the vintage arcade games before heading off.
A Family Day Out With Visit Southampton
What a fabulous Family Day Out With Visit Southampton! It was packed with cool activités. We had so much fun, but we also learned so much!
If you are visiting Hampshire, you must stop by the maritime city and see what it has to offer.
Southampton is very family-friendly and you can even enjoy the rest of the day at one of its parks.
I think next time, I would love to see more of the maritime quarter. We saw some really impressive boats when we were at the top of the Tudor House & Garden.
Plus, I would love to see more of Ocean Village. Some other kind of fun for another Frenchie escapade!
Thanks to Visit Southampton, we rediscovered the city and we had a real good time.
Have you ever visited Southampton? What is your favourite quarter? There is so much to do!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Visit Southampton.
Thanks to the team for organising our day and also all the fabulous locations we visited.
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Oh my it looks amazing especially the Tudor House and garden!
What a beauty
So.much to see ad fo
What a fab day out. Wish we lived closer as my boys would love it
Sounds like great fun!
I have only ever been to Southampton for a cruise but the next tome I may go a day or so early as there is lots to see
There is lots to do on UK’s South coast. I love living in Hampshire , such a wonderful county.
Another wonderful trip for you all. I have not been to Southampton but would love to visit
I went as a kids and loved it had family living in the area and I think it’s great for all ages xx
Looks a great trip with plenty to keep you all occupied
Not been to Southampton for years (atleast 20), will definately be taking my boys the next time we are down that far
Great and informative article
Looks like a wonderful day out. What lovely pictures.
Looks like a fun day out , I have visited Southampton a long time ago
I’ve never been here even though it’s close to us!! You have inspired me for a future day trip! Xx
Looks like a great place to visit
Looks like a really interesting place to viait-wish I lived closer