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Southampton
Travel Guide

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Once one of Britain’s most vital ports, today this city is the gateway into centuries of Norman, Tudor and Victorian history and the rich ecology of Hampshire.

For centuries, Southampton’s busy port was a forest of ship’s masts and rigging, alive with the chatter of seaman and merchants. Today, this city in southern England resonates with the footsteps of visitors who come to explore its museums, galleries, gardens and well-preserved architectural heritage. Southampton is situated next to the New Forest, a natural wonder that draws travelers and nature lovers from around the world.

In the city’s heart, enjoy an ice cream at Queens Park and admire the park’s artwork and military memorial. A little further north in Riverside Park, join a game of soccer or just bring some bread to feed the ducks by the River Itchen.

A little further south, near the Isle of Wight, spend a few hours at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Admire the floral displays across the site’s 200 acres (81 hectares) of gardens then ride the charming steam train across the colorful landscape.

Back in the city center, browse almost 4,000 works spanning several centuries at Southampton City Art Gallery. A major highlight is a collection of drawings, known as the Perseus series, which tell a story based on Greek myths.

Learn about Southampton’s Norman, Tudor and Victorian history in the Old City Walls. Take a self-guided tour from the arched entrance at Bargate. Marvel at old wine vaults, medieval churches and a spa frequented by the likes of Jane Austen. Be sure to visit Tudor House and Garden, which dates back more than 800 years and holds a fascinating collection of antiques. Then, take to the skies at the Solent Sky Museum, which houses a World War II Spitfire among its collection of vintage aircraft.

Reserve a ticket for a show at the historic Mayflower Theatre, which first opened in 1928. Enjoy a post-show dinner at one of the restaurants along Commercial Road.

Southampton lies just under 2 hours’ drive or train ride to the southwest of London, making it the perfect port of call for daytrips or longer visits.

Where to stay in Southampton

Jurys Inn Southampton
Jurys Inn Southampton
4 out of 5
1 Charlotte Place, Southampton, England
The price is £65 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Located in Southampton City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Southampton Solent University and Mayflower Theatre. St. Mary's Stadium ...
4.1/5Very Good! (997 reviews)
"All good."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

Jurys Inn Southampton
Southampton Harbour Hotel
Southampton Harbour Hotel
5 out of 5
5 Maritime Walk, Ocean Village, Southampton, England
The price is £175 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Located in Southampton City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Solent Sky Museum, Ocean Village Marina and St. Mary's Stadium. WestQuay Shopping ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (522 reviews)
"The hotel was very clean, welcoming and professional. I hate at the Jetty, 6th floor and tried room service too. All of them were good. Really enjoyed my room with a balcony. It was nice to be able to relax in the jacuzzi too although a little small. I will definitely go back again."

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

Southampton Harbour Hotel
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
4 out of 5
West Quay Road, Southampton, England
The price is £79 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Southampton City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old City Walls and WestQuay Shopping Centre. Southampton Cruise Terminal and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"We loved our stay here. Perfect for families and close to restaurants and places like Paultons park. Lovely food at breakfast and swimming pool."

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2021

Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
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Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Shakespeare Road, 16, Portsmouth, ENG
Situated in Portsmouth, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fratton Park and Portsmouth International Port. Gunwharf Quays and University of Portsmouth ...
Room in a Stylish Designer's House With Garden Close to Supermarkets and Parks
Horseshoe Apartments
Horseshoe Apartments
1-3 Kings Rd, Portsmouth, ENG
Located in Southsea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect position in the city.
"Let’s get rid of the negative as the positives out way them. Dish cloth and toilet brush were dirty. Kitchen cupboard needs fixing. Now all the positives...the flat was in an excellent position in the city for the beach, city centre, old Portsmouth, gunwarf and the kings theatre. The flat was clean ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Horseshoe Apartments
Old Victory House
Old Victory House
3 out of 5
25 Ordnance Row, Portsmouth, England
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory. University of Portsmouth ...
3.3/5 (7 reviews)
Top location with free parking
"Great location for the docks and shopping. Parking permit a bonus and room and shower room nice a clean."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Old Victory House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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