Things to do | Posted 21 Jun 2019

Heading to Southampton for a romantic night away with your other half? Whether you want some R&R or you’re keen to make the most of your alone time, you’ll be glad to know that the city is jam-packed with attractions and amenities that are perfect for couples.

From dreamy daytime excursions to things to do in Southampton at night, here’s five wonderful ideas to add to your itinerary.

1. Sip on cocktails by the water

As a coastal city, it goes without saying that you’ll probably want to glimpse the sea during your visit. Ocean Village, Southampton’s bustling marina complex, is definitely the place to go for drinks with a watery view. Head to popular Pitcher and Piano for fruity cocktails and tasty sharing plates or nab a table on Banana Wharf’s spacious terrace to watch the sunset.

2. Catch a show or a gig

If you’re after something to do in Southampton at night, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the city’s endless entertainment options. As well as being home to multiple theatres showcasing both West End productions and lesser-known fringe plays, you can watch performances by some of the world’s biggest musicians at the O2 Guildhall Southampton. Prefer something more intimate? Treat your partner to an acoustic show or jam night at The 1865.

3. Explore a historic house

Fancy yourself a pair of history buffs? Southampton’s thankfully home to a handful of fascinating heritage attractions. You’ll uncover over 800 years of British history at handsome Tudor House & Garden Museum whose magnificent manicured gardens are perfect for strolling around hand in hand. Elsewhere, the Medieval Merchant’s House, with its reconstructed interiors, gives you a glimpse into life in the port city during the Middle Ages.

4. Enjoy dinner and a movie

Dinner and a showing of the latest blockbuster is always high up on everyone’s romantic date night ideas list. While you might do this at home regularly, Southampton takes it to the next level thanks to a range of excellent eateries, from The Real Greek Southampton for moreish meze platters to Max’s Brasserie at Oxford Street for traditional Italian fare. Forget your standard cinema experience, too. Showcase Cinema de Lux at Westquay offers up comfy reclining seats, the highest quality screens and VIP bar service. 

5. Challenge yourselves outdoors

If you prefer dates that are a little out of the ordinary, Southampton has your back with its choice of outdoor adventures. Try out stand up paddle boarding or windsurfing in the Solent courtesy of Southampton Water Activities Centre. Alternatively, drive (or catch a bus) to the nearby New Forest National Park for a scenic walk.


Need somewhere to stay during your romantic trip to Southampton? Book a room at our Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour that’s located in the heart of the city and simply bursting with great amenities, from a spa and leisure club to a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse.

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