Beautiful coastline, fascinating history and a shopper’s paradise, take a look at our top things to see and do when cruising from Southampton, the UK’s largest cruise port.


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Titanic Engineers Memorial

There’s no doubt that one of Southampton’s greatest legacies is that of the Titanic and her departure from the city on her ill-fated voyage in 1912. As such, Southampton is teeming with commemorations to the sunken ship and all those who perished on board. One of those is the Titanic Engineers Memorial located a 10-minutes walk away from the cruise terminal in Andrews (East Park).  

The memorial, as its name suggests, pays homage to the 35 engineers, all of whom died on board and was unveiled in April 1914. The bronze memorial features a winged statue and a plaque which reads "To the memory of the Engineer Officers Of The R.M.S. Titanic, who showed their high conception of duty and their heroism by remaining at their posts 15th April 1912".

For hardcore Titanic fans, combine the Titanic Engineers Memorial with a visit to the Titanic and Liverpool - an untold story exhibition in Liverpool while on a 12-night British Isles cruise staycation with Cunard.

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West Quay Shopping Centre 

Not sure if you’ve got everything you need for your UK cruise from Southampton? Fret not - we have just the thing! Whether you’ve forgotten a sun hat or need an entire wardrobe for your staycation cruise, a trip to West Quay Shopping Centre is a perfect pre-cruise activity.

Just a 10-minute walk from the main Southampton cruise terminal, West Quay is full of clothes shops, large department stores, bookshops and health and beauty outlets as well as a number of popular chain restaurants perfect for all of the family including Nando’s, Byron Proper Burgers, Pizza Express and Carluccio’s

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Southampton Boat Show

If you’re planning on taking a cruise around the British Isles in September, you might want to consider choosing a voyage that departs from, or visits Southampton when the Southampton International Boat Show takes place. The 10-day event normally runs in the middle of September at Mayflower Park, just a five-minute walk from the cruise terminal, and exhibits all manner of nautical niceties from inflatable canoes to luxury catamarans.

Book a 12-night British Isles cruise with Princess Cruises for 2022 which departs from Southampton on Sunday 18th September, the last day of the popular event, meaning you can start your staycation early and pay a visit to the UK’s biggest boat show.

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Seacity Museum

For those interested in nautical history, take some time to visit Southampton’s Seacity Museum, located in the Civic Centre on Havelock Road, just a short distance from the cruise terminal.

Discover the story of the Titanic and what effect its sinking had on the city, learn about the area’s fascinating history including its rich and diverse maritime past, and hear stories from some of the hundreds of people who have passed through the port of Southampton over the last 200,000 years. The museum is suitable for all ages and entry costs just £8.50 for adults and £6 for under 16s, with all under 5s entering for free. 

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Tudor House and Garden

Discover and explore over 800 years of history in one convenient location at Southampton’s Tudor House and Gardens. Learn about the city’s heritage through archaeological findings, age old art and historical recollections and follow one of Southampton’s most popular trails, the QE2 mile - a pedestrian route that runs through the city centre, revealing hidden histories from some of the cities most significant events, including the Cenotaph, Bargate and Titanic Memorial.

Perfect for all the family, the Tudor House and Gardens offers visitors a whole host of fascinating activities to take part in , from hands-on fun and games for children and young adults to talks and lectures and behind the scenes tours for the grown-ups. 

If art is your thing, combine a visit to the Tudor House and Gardens with a 14-night British Isles cruise with P&O where you can delve deeper into your artist nature on board Arcadia’s floating art gallery.

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