Oozing with maritime history, Southampton has seen some sights. Birthing the RMS Titanic from its port, as well as waving goodbye to some of the bravest D-Day soldiers, Southampton is a pinnacle to some of the UK’s greatest moments.
With some of the world’s largest cruise ships docked in its port to this day, Southampton is a thriving city. Bursting with cosmopolitan vibes, Southampton holds on to its past while fully embracing the future.
Now as the world changes again, here’s our guide to 6 of the best family indoor activities for you to enjoy with your loved ones.
What better way to get the family invested in history than visiting one of Southampton’s best museums? Here you will find an in-depth look at how the Titanic shaped the city, as well as the impact of one of the past’s most harrowing tragedies on the world. Focusing on the people that are at the heart of the Titanic story – the crew, families and individuals – the SeaCity Museum takes you on a journey that you won’t forget.
Step through into the Gateway to the World exhibition, and you will see some of Southampton’s historical past brought to life. Alongside the museum’s wealth of unique artefacts, you will learn about the people who lived and breathed in the city’s past. Exploring over 200,000 years of history, you and your family will take home a lot from this experience.
Beyond the two permanent exhibitions, SeaCity Museum showcases fascinating Special Exhibitions throughout the year.
Nothing brings your family together more than a shared experience. Fortunately for you, Southampton is home to Exciting Escapes’ Southampton Escape Rooms. Full to the brim with mystery, puzzles and fun, Exciting Escapes is an experience like no other.
Instinct and logic are all put to the test in this adrenaline-pumping game. You and your family will need to work as a team while challenging everything you thought you knew about each other to beat the room. With five different escape rooms to choose from, there is something for everyone at Exciting Escapes.
As soon as the door closes, your 60 minutes will begin. Put your detective skills to the test, and have the time of your life!
Don’t forget, the devil is in the detail! Be prepared to pay close attention, and get ready to play! Are you up for the challenge?
The Quays Swimming and Diving Centre
Suitable for all ages, The Quays is a family-friendly swimming complex. It holds some of the best diving facilities in the south of England with a variety of diving platforms for you to explore.
You will find international level divers perfecting their skills, as well as amateurs testing the water. Family sessions are available, alongside 30-minute taster sessions. So, whatever your skills are, The Quays will give you and your family the perfect opportunity for a swim or to take a bigger splash!
Tudor House and Garden
Take a trip into some of Southampton’s most decadent history at the Tudor House. Opulent and striking, the house’s decor opens up a fascinating look into the lives of some of the city’s past occupants. Offering an interactive experience mixed with family-friendly activities, this look into history is not worth missing.
Visitors can explore 800 years of history all within the Tudor Houses walls and garden. Set in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town, you get a taste of what it was like to live in the Tudor era all from the comfort of the 21st Century.
Oxygen Freejumping Southampton
Oxygen Freejumping is a high-adrenaline adventure for all the family to enjoy. Giant airbags, obstacle courses, as well as tumble tracks, are just the beginning. In the arena, you will find 100 trampolines all interconnected with the parkour-level activities for you to test your mettle on!
Under 5’s are greeted with the PJ Masks Jumping Adventures, where they can dress as their favourite character to enjoy all the fun. As you take on the seven thrilling jump zones with your family, you’ll leave yourself amazed at the heights you can reach.
So, unleash your inner daredevil and see how high you can go!
A short drive from the city centre, you will find the award-winning Beaulieu. Home to the National Motor Museum, you can feast your eyes on 250 vehicles. With real-life Land Speed Record breakers and Bond-esque luxury cars under its roof, there is much to enjoy for all the family. All that is before you even step foot on the Top Gear inspired ‘Enormodrone.’
Beyond the museum, you can explore the magnificent Palace House and Gardens. With a Mini-Motor play area and Mill Pond Walk for you all to enjoy, you will share an unforgettable experience with the whole family.
Southampton will leave you and your family inspired by the indoor (and outdoor) activities available. Make sure to check each experience before visiting to see ticket information and COVID-19 updates.