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The 9 best things to do in Southampton

A bustling coastal city drenched in history, the best things to do in Southampton are simply delightful. With its roots dating as far back as the Stone Age, parts of its twelfth-century stone walls still stand and its first museum (Tudor House), which opened in 1912, is still intact. Add to that the city’s football team, The Saints, a direct ferry to the Isle of Wight and a mere 20-minute drive to the New Forest, and there’s certainly plenty to get your teeth into. So take a look below and check out our round-up of all the best museums, attractions, restaurants and other great things to do in Southampton. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 11 best restaurants in Southampton

What Southampton may lack in visual charm, it more than makes up for in food to rival its genteel neighbours in the New Forest and Winchester. Fancy an artisanal pizza? You got it! Want to sit down for pie in a diner? No probs. Always wondered what food a ‘MasterChef’ winner would serve up? Wonder no more – because Southampton has it all. For years, this city was best known as a place you pass through on your way to somewhere else (usually on a cruise or via an Isle of Wight ferry). But recent times have seen a wide array of appealing sights and things to do spring up. And we’ve noticed these brilliant Southampton restaurants pulling in ever-more visitors... from ever-further afar. So get stuck in and see what the fuss is all about yourself. Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList.