Southampton is a sea-loving city with a difference; rich cultural heritage, top shopping destinations, famous sports venues and wide expanses of gorgeous parks makes the city popular with people of all ages. From regeneration plans and the luxury core at Ocean Village to the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in England, Southampton has the perfect mix of new and old. Plus, its enviable position on the South Coast means that it’s one of the sunniest cities in the country, with warm temperatures welcoming visitors.
Known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton is a bustling city with tons to see and do. Southampton Central station is perfectly placed at the heart of the city, offering easy access to the city centre and a selection of the great attractions, with comprehensive City Link bus services making a wide area accessible to visitors. The city is the perfect sunny South Coast escape for everyone, whether you’re looking to spend a day shopping with friends or explore the coast with the kids.
Fast Fact: The RMS Titanic set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton on 10th April 1912, before colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic four days later.
The Mayflower Theatre is the largest theatre in the South, offering a great calendar of events and shows throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for opera, ballet or West End-worthy theatre shows, you’re sure to find it at the Mayflower.
Hop on a quick train to Eastleigh to pay a visit to Marwell Wildlife Park, home to over 100 different species. From piranhas to giraffes and tigers, Marwell is a firm favourite amongst families looking for a great day out in Southampton.
West Quay Shopping Centre is the premier shopping destination in the area, located right at the heart of Southampton City Centre. With over 90 stores, as well as a host of great cafes, bars and restaurants, West Quay is a firm favourite among shopaholics visiting the city.
Southampton is a city with tons of history, and fortunately for modern-day visitors there are plenty of excellent museums in which to witness it. The Sea City Museum tells the story of the city’s connections with the sea, and the Titanic, while the Solent Sky Museum depicts the area’s aviation history. Or, pop to the Southampton City Art Gallery to view works of art spanning six centuries.