Things to do in Southampton

If you find yourself at a loose end after the conference, or if you are travelling from afar and plan to stay longer than two days, then below is a list of tourist places to visit all within walking distance of the hotel. All locations have been peer-reviewed and deemed as highly acceptable places to visit during your visit to the EDGE Conference. Enjoy!


west quay shopping centre

A definite must if you still need to purchase that new EDGE conference blouse. Westquay is located in the heart of Southampton city centre, and hosts over 90 stores spread over three shopping levels. Boasting all the leading UK stores (John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Zara, Coast, Superdry, River Island, including many more), you can be certain to find exactly what you are looking for. Westquay also hosts various delicious food retailers if you find yourself at a loose end one evening. You are bound to find a place that tickles your fancy after a long day of Conferencing!



Watermark is a stunning new area of public realm that has become a vibrant focal point for the city. Designed as an extension to Westquay Shopping Centre, Watermark officially opened its doors just a few months ago, and has already received rave reviews from the public. Find a wide host of cuisines, from Italian, Indian, Brazilian, and Thai. If the weather is nice, enjoy a delicious meal on the outside seating with some lovely views of outgoing cruise ships. Located a 10 minute walk away from the Grand Harbour.

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Based in the heart of Southampton (10 minutes away from Westquay), SeaCity Museum is an interactive visitor experience which plays host to Southampton’s popular Titanic Museum. The museum also hosts a unique exhibition entitled “Port Out, Southampton Home: The Age of the Ocean Liner,” which is only here for a limited time. See historical furniture and other items from some of the famous ships that sailed through Southampton. 



Encompassing over 900 years of history on one site, this is Southampton’s most important historic building in the delightful setting of Southampton’s Old Town. Visitors are given an insight into the lives of former residents of the house, while reconstructed Tudor and Victorian kitchens demonstrate how far mod cons have come in the 21st century. Located 5 minutes away from the Grand Harbour Hotel.



Formally a wool house built in the early 14th Century, this fanciful-looking drinking establishment stands with two storeys of stone rubble with angle quoins and a tiled roof. If you seek a place with a sense of history (and a fair bit of character), we cannot recommend this place enough. This award-winning bar/pub is located a 2 minute walk away from the Grand Harbour Hotel opposite Red Funnel Ferries. Also an EDGE favourite – especially at Christmas parties.



The White Star Tavern opened its doors in 2002 as Southampton’s first gastro pub. It has since grown from strength-to-strength as an award-winning fine food establishment. It has stuck to its roots, however, and contains an informal bar area where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing beverage. Located on Oxford Street (15 minutes’ walk away from Grand Harbour Hotel), you may find yourself popping into more than one of the (many) bars in the area.