Retirement homes in Southampton

Renowned for its maritime and military history, and packed with culture, sports and shopping, Southampton is an ideal location for a retirement property by the sea.

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Discover a port city with a rich heritage

For hundreds of years, Southampton has been a leading English port, instrumental in the shipbuilding and trading industries.

You can learn all about the long history of the city's sea-faring exploits, including the famously tragic Titanic voyage, at the SeaCity Museum, or see first-hand the iconic Spitfire fighter aircraft at the Solent Sky Museum.

You can even book a trip on the SS Shieldhall, the largest working steam vessel in Britain, or ride the oldest pier railway in the world along Hythe Pier.

Treat yourself in the south coast's shopping hub

You'll find over 100 different stores at the WestQuay Shopping Centre, such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, as well as your favourite fashion retailers and restaurant brands.

A little further out from the centre, you can explore the independent boutiques and up-market shops, bars and pubs of Bedford Place and Oxford Street, or you can pick out local produce and a wide range of craft goods at the markets near Bargate.

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Retire to a city full of culture and art

There are huge collections of publicly-owned art at the internationally renowned Southampton City Art Gallery, or contemporary and visual works at Solent Showcase and The John Hansard Gallery.

For evenings out, you can see opera, ballet and West End Musicals at the Mayflower Theatre, the largest theatre in southern England, or you'll find a variety of high-quality Shakespearean drama at the Nuffield Theatre at the University of Southampton.

There's also classical, world music and jazz at the Turner Sims Concert Hall, tribute bands playing at The Brook, or some of the biggest touring musical acts at the 1,700-capacity 02 Guildhall.

Get out and about in an active city

Whether you're looking for historic walks or a water-sports adventure, there's plenty to do around Southampton to help you keep up an active retirement.

There are 7 different golf courses and 8 tennis clubs dotted around the city, skiing at the Alpine Snowsports Centre, as well as miles of woodland walks and seaside strolls throughout the 200-acre Royal Victoria Country Park.

And if you don't mind taking your feet off solid ground, you can sail, powerboat or canoe around the nearby rivers, lakes and harbours – and you're also in the perfect spot to book yourself onto one of Southampton's famous cruise ships.

If you fancy a seaside retirement home near a busy city that's still only 90 minutes from London, take a look at some of the impressive properties we have on offer.