The city of Southampton is steeped in history and heritage, and, fittingly, offers a wealth of attractions for art and history lovers alike. Brief details of some of these are listed below.
Southampton City Art Gallery
The centrally-located Southampton City Art Gallery has one of the best collections in the country outside London and as such, provides an outstanding cultural and educational resource. The collection contains over 3,750 works of art, from the 14th century to the present day. Its paintings, drawings, prints, photos, videos, installations, ceramics and sculptures feature a wealth of subject matter, styles, mediums, artistic movements and periods of time – including a large number of visiting exhibitions.
The gallery also offers a wide range of tours, workshops and hands-on activities hosted by experts in their respective fields.
Built in the Grade II listed Magistrates’ Court adjoining the Civic Centre, the new SeaCity museum tells the story of the people of Southampton, their fascinating lives and the City’s historic connection with the sea. Discover maritime history brought to life through interactive experiences designed for all ages.
Visitors can enjoy the museum café, The Galley, without needing to pay for admission to the rest of the building. The café is conveniently located on the ground floor.
Group, family and joint admissions tickets are available.
Other Old Town Attractions
The 12th century Medieval Merchant's House on French Street is just around the corner from Tudor House. John Fortin, a merchant who traded with Bordeaux, started building this house c.1290. A residence and place of business, it stood on one of the busiest streets in medieval Southampton. Now restored to its mid-14th century appearance by the removal of later additions, it is equipped with replica period furnishings. It is open Sundays only, 12 noon to 5pm until 30th September 2011. It is managed by English Heritage.
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