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Your guide to Southampton's best museums

Whether your interest lies with aviation, cars or even the sinking of the Titanic, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this port city on England’s south coast.

To help you to put together the perfect day out, we’ve assembled the essential guide to Southampton’s best museums. All you need to do is get here and, with so many convenient trains to Southampton, that won’t be a problem.

SeaCity Museum Southampton

The SeaCity Museum explores the rich history of Southampton and the seas around it. Something of a gateway to the rest of the world, Southampton has been a point of arrival and departure from the country from many years and was even the starting point for the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic.

So, if you’re looking for a museum in that explores the history of the sea around Southampton as well as the sinking of the Titanic, this is the place for you. Be sure to book your tickets in advance to make sure that you get in on the day.

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Solent Sky museum of air travel

Southampton, and Hampshire in general, was the centre of aviation development in the UK between 1910 and 1960, including being the birthplace of the iconic Spitfire. The Solent Sky museum is therefore a must-visit for anyone interested in the history of air travel. 

Here, you can explore over 20 different aircraft from different historical periods. Discover a Supermarine Spitfire, Short Sandringham S.25/V - VH-BRC, Beachcomber and many more planes as you enhance your knowledge at this fascinating Southampton museum. 

National Motor Museum in Beaulieu 

One of the best days out in the Southampton area is nestled in the nearby village of Beaulieu: the National Motor Museum. It houses an incredible collection of motor vehicles and memorabilia and is a popular choice for families.

This Beaulieu museum has exhibitions for cars seen in films and secret army operations as well as a playground for kids to blow off steam after learning all about the motors.

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Tudor House and Garden

If you’re fascinated by tales of medieval times then you must visit the Tudor House and Garden. Here, through interactive displays and technology, you and your family can learn all about life in the Tudor era. The grounds are beautiful to explore, too, and there are activities to keep the kids entertained all day.

This Southampton museum has over 300 ‘Excellent’ reviews on Tripadvisor, too, so you can count on an excellent time.



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