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SeeSouthampton – The home of Southampton’s most recently established tour guiding group for individuals and visiting groups, with innovative and active guides who are committed to showing you the very best of Southampton. Experience tour guiding at its best, with qualified English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese speaking guides.

Southampton has a tremendous amount of Hidden History that is told in a wide variety of our walks and talks that SeeSouthampton offer. We believe that taking part in a walking tour should not only be enlightening, but also entertaining and remembered as a highlight to your visit in Southampton.

Below is a selection of the SeeSouthampton walks and places of interest. We accept pre-bookings for groups from as small as 6 adults

  • Southampton’s Hidden History
  • The Titanic Trail
  • Story of The Mayflower
  • Group Tours of SeaCity Museum
  • The iconic Bargate and Holyrood Church
  • A trip on the largest working steam ship in Britain – SS Shieldhall
  • The home of the Spitfire and Flying Boat
  • and of course the stunning walks through the parks with their historical monuments
    …not forgetting the medieval streets and buzzing shopping precinct

We hope that you enjoy browsing our various webpages which hold event calendar details, a concise A – Z of Southampton as well as interesting blogs written by our own guides. SeeSouthampton offer a wide range of tourist associated services such as a foreign speaking Welcome desk at the Cruise Terminals, Meet and Greet at Southampton Airport and Ports and chauffer driven bespoke tours. All SeeSouthampton tour guides are fully insured and qualified members of the Institute of Tourist Guides

SeeSouthampton looks forward to meeting and greeting you in Southampton – more history than you ever imagined

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Are you a group of 6 or more?

All our theme walks can be individually booked to suit your schedule and interests

Bargate Visit

The Bargate is very much ‘The Story of Southampton’ – an iconic landmark that has graced the town then city for over 800 years. On this visit, you will explore the Bargate interior and roof, and learn of its role as a Guildhall, Prison and Museum.

A survivor of the 2nd World War bombing raids that saw over 3500 Southampton buildings and homes destroyed, the Bargate has been described by architectural historian Pevsner as ‘probably the finest town gateway in Britain’. Both an entrance and exit to the medieval walled town, hear tales of how the Bargate has played a pivotal role in Southampton’s history, welcoming the Kings and Queens of England from Henry II to Elizabeth I. In more recent times the Bargate became a thoroughfare for traffic, including Southampton’s much-loved trams, which had to be especially designed to pass through the Bargate’s central arch!

On this visit, you will explore the Bargate interior, seeing the famous Queen Anne statue (why is she missing an arm?!) and age-worn paintings of Southampton’s legendary Bevis and Ascupart.

Your visit will lead you to the roof of the Bargate for views to the north ‘Above Bar’; to the south and the High Street; east to St. Mary’s and west to Arundel Tower. Imagine yourself as a sentry of many centuries ago, defending the town during the 100 Years War, or as a modern-day choir boy singing in the annual May Day celebrations

Tours depart the statues of the Lions at the north side of the Bargate, on Saturday afternoons at 12.30pm, and can be combined with the High Street and Eastern Walls walk at 1.30pm

Cost £3 per person, children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Owing to safety requirements, only children over 12 can be accepted.

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Ghastly, Grim & Gory

Ghastly, Grim and Gory is a very popular walk and much enjoyed by young people. It deals with accurate historical events that happened in Southampton which link into British history and is therefore educative but at the same time highly amusing and entertaining. This walk is specifically designed for young people between the ages of 8 and 12 years old and is in the style of the much loved "Horrible Histories". The walk starts at 1.30 by the lions at the Bargate and is limited to a maximum of 12 young people and must be booked in advance. The walk lasts for just over an hour and includes visiting a number of locations, including towers and vaults, in the old town of Southampton linked to murder, executions, misdeeds and mishaps. The content is therefore bloodthirsty, scary and lavatorial but is told in an amusing and inoffensive way. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this walk. Cost: £5 per adult with up to two accompanying children free and £5 for each additional child This walk is also available as a private walk and would be a most suitable activity as part of a birthday celebration. The cost for this would be £40 for up to 12 children supervised by four adults. For health and safety as well as supervisory reasons the maximum number of children per adult is three. Unfortunately the vaults and towers as well as the old town walls present access problems for anyone with mobility issues.

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