Things to do in Southampton

Out & About

Not only are we based opposite the waterfront, we're also right in the city centre, so when it comes to planning things to do in Southampton, you couldn't find a better starting point. Take a look below at some of our favourite ways to pass the time in this fantastic city including: Animals & Nature, Museums & Culture, Shopping and Events.

Animals & Nature

The New Forest National Park

Whether this is your first visit to the New Forest or you are a regular, there is plenty to do for the whole family. Walking, bike rides, horse riding, golf and more.

Museums & Culture

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Step back in time and explore an impressive collection of motors from famous Hollywood productions. From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to F1 and rally cars, there's something for everyone.


O2 Guildhall Southampton

With a diary full to the brim with events and concerts, there's never a dull moment at the O2 Guildhall Southampton. Retire to the comfort of Grand Harbour Hotel after dancing the night away at this nearby venue.

Animals & Nature

Paultons Park

The perfect family day out, Paultons Park is home to mini safaris, rollercoasters and Peppa Pig World! If you're coming to Southampton with little ones, this place is an absolute must.


Southampton Football Club

Just 20 minute's walk from Grand Harbour, St Mary's Stadium is a must for all footie fans heading to Southampton.

Shopping & Activities

West Quay Shopping Centre

Home to over 100 stylish shops including Apple, John Lewis and Victoria's Secret, West Quay is the premier destination for shopping in Southampton.

Animals & Nature

Marwell Zoo

This 140 acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species in beautiful landscaped surroundings - all just a half an hour drive from our front door.

Museums & Culture

Mayflower Theatre

With productions ranging from family shows and musicals to opera and hard-hitting dramas, the Mayflower Theatre is a hub of theatrical entertainment for all ages - just a 20 minute walk from Grand Harbour.

Shopping & Activities

Tenpin Bowling

Put your skills to the test and unleash your competitive side with friends and family in ten pin bowling and a wide range of fun-fuelled arcade games.

Museums & Culture

Solent Sky Museum

Take guided tours of the giant Sandringham flying boat and witness over 20 airframes on display from the golden age of aviation, including the Spitfire and record-breaking Supermarine S6.

Museums & Culture

Southampton City Art Gallery

Based in Southampton's Cultural Quarter, the Southampton City Art Gallery is home to a wide range of photography, film, sculptures and paintings. Best of all, its free to enter and just a short distance from our hotel.

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Our Accommodation

Add a touch of luxury to your time in Southampton in our comfortable and spacious accommodation, available with city or sea views in a range of comfortable rooms and beautiful suites.