The biggest cruise town in Northern Europe, Southampton attracts more than 4 million visitors every year not least because of its first-class shopping facilities, the famous Southampton FC and Boat Show.
Whether you want to explore the city on a rainy day or during the colder months, there are plenty of indoor activities in and around Southampton, from Trampoline Parks to Escape Rooms to have a blast.
We have compiled the best things to do in Southampton to have fun and be active whilst staying inside. Hopefully, this guide will give you some ideas on how to plan your next day out in Southampton.
A tour around St Mary’s stadium is the ultimate fan experience and a must-do for every football supporter. During a 90 minute tour, a knowledgeable guide will show you around the venue including the players changing room and tunnel and tell you interesting facts about its history. Top off your stadium visit by watching an exciting match where you get to explore the friendly atmosphere first hand.
Cost per person: £17.50 for adults, £10 for kids and over-65s
Address: St. Mary's Stadium Britannia Road, SO14 5FP
Duration: 90 minutes
Perfect for: Football fans and group
This big park features more than 100 trampolines, an obstacle course and two dodgeball courts to meet every jumpers needs. Counting 25,000 square feet in size, you can surely spend a whole rainy afternoon without any sign of boredom creeping up. It’s also a great way to break a sweat and burn some calories whilst having fun.
Cost per person: £10.50
Address: Antelope Park, G, Bursledon Rd, Southampton SO19 8NE (Just 1 mile from junction 8 on the M27, Southampton.)
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start
Perfect for: Children’s birthday parties
Lightning speeds, fast karts and a multi-level track for you to whizz around - go-karting never fails to please. Granted, this indoor centre is a bit outside Southampton but is easily accessible by train. The karts are updated regularly to make sure you beat your lap times and have the best driving experience possible.
Cost per person: From £20.00 per person
Address: Barton Park, Chicken Hall Ln, Eastleigh SO50 6RR
Duration: 30 mins of karting
Perfect for: Corporate events and groups of 8+
Ever wondered how it feels to swing the bat and hit the ball. Baseball might be most popular in the States, but you can try your hand at this ball-and-bat sport in Southampton, too. The UK’s first baseball simulator allows children and adults to take part in a number of exhilarating games set in a virtual stadium. This indoor activity is perfect for those eager to try a new sport and hit some home runs.
Cost per person: From £20.00 per person
Address: 16 East Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3HG
Duration: 30 mins of karting
Perfect for: Private hire
Bowling is an all-time favourite for a good reason! In a chilled atmosphere surrounded by fellow bowlers and delicious food and drinks, bowling is a great activity to socialise at both day and night-time. There are great deals available to save you some time and money, such as the Bar’n’ Bowl including 2 games and a drink from £11.89.
Cost per person: from £6.69 per person
Address: Hollywood Bowl Southampton, Westquay, Harbour Parade, Hampshire, SO15 1DE
Duration: Approximately two hours
Perfect for: birthday parties and work dos, students
Get crafty and unleash your creative side in the pottery studio. Choose from a wide range of items, from coffee mugs to animals, and give them a new look. Painting is a fun way to let your imagination run wild making it perfect for a rainy day when the kids need some entertainment. There is free coffee and tea available and, if you have a child-free evening, why not attend an adult painting session? They run every first Wednesday of the month and you can bring your own drinks and food.
Cost per person: From £1 per person, depending on the item you paint
Address: 23a Rowner Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO13 9UE
Duration: Between one and two hours
Perfect for: A day out with the kids
Yes, curling up on the sofa and watching a mystery thriller sounds like the perfect plan for a rainy day for most of us. But those wishing to be a bit more active can star in their very own quest by completing an Escape Room. There are now tons of exciting Escape Rooms with hair-raising story plots and puzzles to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes. If you’re up for a real challenge, have a go at the Timelock or Parallax room which rank at the highest difficulty.
Cost per person: From £20 per person
Address: Unit 11c, Lower Level, West Quay Shopping Centre, SO15 1Q
Duration: 60 mins
Perfect for: Hen and stag dos, corporate events
Fancy a bite to eat and get out of the house? Visit this charming cafe and discover its impressive collection of over 600 board games. Whether you fancy a good old game of monopoly or try something new, the Board in the City Cafe has got you covered. In a friendly, inclusive atmosphere, a rainy afternoon can easily turn into a full day of gaming fun as you lose track of time. But don’t forget to take a break with a light snack or tasty meal from their menu.
Cost per person: £3 cover charge per person
Address: 38-40 Onslow Road, Southampton SO14 0JG
Duration: As long as you want
Perfect for: Cosy afternoons
Bouldering has been a popular activity for a while now and many get you hooked after the first few minutes. It requires coordination skills and upper body strength making it a great workout. Try your hand at the different climbing walls lots of spaces to practice your technique. Whether you’re fully new to bouldering or advanced, everyone is welcome and there are beginner and private sessions to teach you the basics before you take on the wall.
Cost per person: from £12 per person for an induction class
Address: 4 Imperial Park Empress Road | Unit 4 Imperial Park, Southampton SO14 0JW
Duration: 45 minutes
Perfect for: Kids birthday parties, active weekends
South Western Railway from London Waterloo, Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Salisbury and Weymouth
Southern Trains from Chichester, Brighton, Gatwick Airport and London Victoria
Cross Country Trains from Reading, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester and the North East
Great Western Railway from Portsmouth, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff
Megabus from the Midlands and the North
National Express from London airports and across the country
From the Midlands and the North: use the M6 or A1/M1, M42, M40 and A34 links or alternatively M6 and M1, M25, M3 to Jct 14, A33 to City Centre and Waterfront
From London, Heathrow, Essex, East Anglia: take the M25 or A316 and join the M3 motorway south to Jct 14, A33 to City Centre and Waterfront
From the South East: take the A27 or A272, or A3M, M27 to Jct 3 and follow signs to City Centre and Waterfront
From the South West: take M5, A30 or A358, A303, A36, M27 to Jct 5 and follow signs to City Centre and Waterfront.
Transport around Southampton
Moving around Southampton is easy and cheap as there are reliable busses running to take you to places.
The Bluestar bus network operates in the city and its neighbourhoods. Tickets can be bought online or using the mobile app.
If you’re a student or looking to visit the University of Southampton, use the Unilink bus service.
Hop on board the Red Funnel to get to Isle of Wight and Cowes.
What can you do in Southampton for free?
You don't have to spend a lot of money on activities to have a good time in Southampton. In fact, there are many free things to do in Southampton. Why not pay one of the many museums a visit to learn about the city's history or admire the displays in the Southampton City Art Gallery? If you fancy a stroll in the greenery, you can choose from over 50 parks. We recommend the peaceful East Park to look at some Victorian gardening and artful mosaic. If you prefer to wander around indoors, visit the Westquay Shopping Centre or go for a few drinks in Bedford Place.
Should you happen to explore Southampton by bike, be sure to check out the Bike Centre which offers free access to trails and features.
Are there any discounts for activities in Southampton?
Who doesn’t like to save money? We sure do! That is why booking activities through Bookado allows you to save up to 50%! Simply take a look at our interactive calendar to find the cheapest dates. Find, Book and Do!
What are some good day trips from Southampton?
Southampton is a good starting point for various day trips, from Bath to Brighton. Most people, however, will opt for a trip to Salisbury and visit the famous Stonehenge. Other popular day trips are to New Forest for its array of wildlife and pubs. The Isle of Wight, a water-sports hot spot is also within easy reach and makes for a relaxing day out.