The UK’s largest cruise port and where many will begin their cruise holiday, Southampton has no shortage of maritime and historical attractions. Discover local landmarks on a walking tour including 30 ancient monuments, learn about the tragic story of the Titanic and escape to the great outdoors at the New Forest National Park. With numerous options for seafood dining and even a free art gallery, Southampton is an undoubtedly great destination for a pre or post-cruise stay.
Things to do in Southampton:
Dedicated to the tragedy of the Titanic, SeaCity Museum excellently portrays the aftermath through interactive exhibits. Featuring a 1:25 scale model of the ship, visitors learn about life onboard as well as the disaster that deeply affected Southampton in 1912.
Solent Sky Museum
Home to over 20 aircraft that were integral to the war effort, Solent Sky Museum is dedicated to the history of the RAF. Southampton itself played a large role in producing Supermarine Spitfires, which you’ll learn all about here.
The New Forest
If you’re looking to escape the busy port city, the New Forest National Park is just a short distance away with native New Forest ponies and lush heathland. Visitors can also catch events, activities and workshops throughout the year.
Tudor House and Garden
As Southampton’s most important historic building, this restored home holds over 800 years of history after having numerous owners. Now a museum, it showcases many artefacts once belonging to past residents of Southampton, as well as a Tudor House Café.
Southampton City Art Gallery
Since opening in 1939, this free art gallery has showcased exhibitions of sculptures, photography and traditional paintings. Thanks to an ever-changing programme of activities, you’ll find something here that the whole family will enjoy.
Edinburgh (South Queensferry) - Overnight onboard
DAY 3-426 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 12 PM to 6 PM
Scotland’s capital city, full of gorgeous architecture and quirky charm. Head to the Royal Mile thoroughfare to explore Edinburgh Castle dominating the iconic skyline before descending to take in Holyrood and the National Museum of Scotland. Finally, for those with enough vigour, climb the famous Arthur’s Seat to soak up the stunning views! Alternatively, if you prefer a sit down, there’s also the seasonal Comedy Festival and Military Tattoo.
Newcastle, Tyne Port
DAY 528 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 4 PM
The compact city of Newcastle has plenty to be discovered during a day onshore. Once an industrial hub, it has successfully transformed into a quirky and stylish destination, popular particularly for its vibrant nightlife. But, as well as the restaurants, bars and clubs, you'll find over 2,000 years of history and architecture thanks to the city's Roman origins. Discover the Roman ruins, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, many museums, parks and galleries to learn more about Newcastle.
Things to do in Newcastle, Tyne Port:
A scientific and local history museum, The Discovery Museum is located in Blandford Square in Newcastle upon Tyne. There are several local history exhibits there, including the Turbinia ship. Showcasing the renowned maritime history, alongside fashion, science and technology, this diverse museum is fun for all the family.
The castle is situated in the heart of the city, and is a prominent mediaeval fortification that was constructed on the site of an ancient fortress. Within the castle, you’ll find the iconic fortified gatehouse (the Black Gate) as well as the Castle Keep and other impressive features.
Newcastle upon Tyne is home to the contemporary art gallery The Biscuit Factory. The Gallery underwent extensive renovations before opening in 2002, and was originally constructed in the late 19th century. The Biscuit Factory is the UK's largest commercial gallery for art, craft, and design, making it a popular attraction for those visiting the city.
DAY 629 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 5 PM
A port town in the Scottish Highlands, Invergordon sits in the historic Ross and Cromarty region. Once a Royal Navy Dockyard, the town's maritime history can be discovered at the Naval Museum and Heritage Centre. The Mural Trail gives visitors a chance to see the town's more artistic side, while Invergordon is also the perfect place to start a tour into the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Things to do in Invergordon:
Invergordon Castle Grounds
These picturesque grounds used to lead up to a beautiful 13th century castle, which was destroyed during a fire. The castle was replaced in the 19th century by a mansion, which has now also been demolished. However, the castle grounds still provide a tranquil walk, filled with flora and fauna.
Covered with a distinctive mural, the Invergordon Museum is a centrally located attraction which showcases the naval history of the area. A local run, small museum, it’s the perfect attraction for those that love to learn about maritime history, or those who simply want to discover more about the surroundings.
Saltburn Community Woodland
A peaceful and relaxing walk awaits at the Saltburn Community Woodland. Although this is a little walk away from the port, the pretty flowers and trees you’ll see along the woodland are well worth the effort.
Portree, Isle of Skye
DAY 730 Aug 2023
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 6 PM
The capital of the Isle of Skye, Portree, is a quaint village on the east side of the island that looks out over a protected harbour. With Ben Tianavaig to the south and Fingal's Seat to the west, it's surrounded by highlands and cliffs. A popular tourist destination, there's plenty of sights to see in Portree, including the Fairy Pools, the Skyworks Gallery and the picturesque Portree Harbour.
Things to do in Portree, Isle of Skye:
One of the most iconic sights in the village is the beautiful colourful houses. And from the viewpoint that’s within easy walking distance of the centre, you can admire them in all of their beauty. An enchanting photo opportunity, it’s a must see whilst in Portree.
A short journey away from the centre is the Lealt waterfall. Arguably one of the most beautiful in the UK, the waterfall lies within a picturesque gorge. 90 metres tall, to get to this impressive waterfall there is a short hike. But once you reach it, you’ll be in awe of its beauty.
Old Man of Storr
Whilst in Portree, you should try and visit the Old Man of Storr. An iconic landmark on the Isle of Skye, it towers above the landscape and has a unique rock formation that’s often photographed. The best view of the area can be seen from this viewpoint, 719 metres above the valleys.
DAY 901 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 6 PM
Nestled in the north of England, Liverpool is home to an extensive maritime history, having been one of the country's most vital maritime centres since the 18th century. As well as the museums and docks, music enthusiasts will love the Beatles Story Museum and the world-famous Cavern Club. A walking tour of this vibrant city will allow you to truly soak up its cultural highlights, as well as Hope Street, a must-visit for delectable cuisine and classic pubs.
Things to do in Liverpool:
Royal Albert Dock
A vibrant waterfront with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants, shops and other attractions, the Royal Albert Dock is situated in the heart of the city. The ultimate destination to visit when in Liverpool, it’s also host to an array of events throughout the year that’s suitable for all the family.
A beautiful 235 acre, Grade 1 historic nature park with breathtaking scenery, Sefton Park is a popular, award-winning attraction that features statues, caves, a bandstand, and a large greenhouse amongst other attractions.
An art gallery and museum, the Tate Liverpool has a large collection of artworks and events throughout the year. Located in the Royal Albert Dock, this attraction is well worth a visit for those that love art; from contemporary to classic pieces.
DAY 1002 Sep 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Once a quiet fishing village in the 17th century, Greenock has flourished over the years into a gateway to some of the highlights of Scotland. Though there's a number of transport links to destinations further afield, within Greenock itself, you'll find the famous landmark of the town Greenock West Church, golf, and numerous places of natural beauty such as Lyle Hill, which provides stunning views of the River Clyde.
Things to do in Greenock:
When in Greenock, take a trip to the nearby Mclean Museum & Art Gallery. A popular attraction, it was opened in 1876 and houses an array of artefacts that showcase the history of Greenock and its surrounding areas.
For incredible views of Greenock and the surrounding areas, take a walk up Lyle Hill. standing at the west end of the town, it’s easy to venture to via Lyle Road which was constructed in the late 19th century.
If you love all things theatre related, head to the newly opened Beacon Arts Centre. A significant building in the heart of the town, it’s home to an array of productions, from Scottish theatre to touring international productions. It’s also a bustling hub for those in the local community.
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