Hidden History

SEE Southampton’s popular Hidden History Walks are a stroll through the past of the City, exploring the Walls of the Old Town, with your Guide recounting tales of yesteryear, and bringing to life historical characters, and life-changing events.

We will tell you about Southampton’s association with the Romans, Saxons and Vikings, the building of the Town Walls  – standing since the 1300s – and the City’s ancient legends. We have ‘keys to the city’, enabling us to open up the locked doors of the Medieval Towers and Wine Vaults! We will see the Bargate, Southampton’s most famous monument; walk along the Western Walls with distant views to St. Mary’s Church and the New Forest; pass the oldest Church in the City, St. Michael’s, and the oldest Museum, Tudor House. 

Places associated with Jane Austen’s time in the city are included, and the City’s Spa Period from 1750-1830 is described. The Mayflower and Speedwell departed from Southampton, and important locations associated with the Pilgrim Fathers are covered, as is the City’s connections with the Titanic, which sailed from here. The City’s role in conflicts from the Battle of Agincourt, through to the Blitz and Normandy Landings on D-Day are also addressed.

Our walks on 20, 21, 27, 28 November and 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 December 2021 will have an overlying Christmas theme, recounting tales of Christmas Past in Southampton with reference to historical characters, events and songs. Walks will conclude with an optional visit to the Westgate and a well-earned mince pie! 

Walks last 1&1/2 hours and are gently-paced, however some stairs are involved. If you have any problems with these, or with heights or enclosed spaces, let our Guide know, and they will be able to adjust to help you.

Walks run at 10.30am on Saturday and Sundays, starting from the Lions at the Bargate in the City Centre, The cost is £6, children below 16 are free, but must be accompanied. (Please note that no walks are being staged on the weekends of 25 / 26 December and 1 / 2 January 2022).

SEE Southampton – More history than you ever imagined!