Southampton

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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

Novotel Southampton
Novotel Southampton
4 out of 5
1 West Quay Road, Southampton, England, SO15 1RA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £85 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,006 reviews)
Good value
"Clean room. Good quiet fan. Dock was noisy at night. Pool was very busy. Breakfast was really busy. Room was fine, separate toilet dated."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2022

Novotel Southampton
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
4 out of 5
West Quay Road, Southampton, England, SO15 1AG
The price is £89 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
Cruising
"Convenient to the old city and Cruise terminal."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2022

Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Jurys Inn Southampton
Jurys Inn Southampton
4 out of 5
1 Charlotte Place, Southampton, England, SO14 0TB
The price is £90 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
Clean room
"Great clean room. Breakfast was chaotic, but overall a great stay."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2022

Jurys Inn Southampton
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Ps Apartments
Ps Apartments
3 out of 5
1 Portland St, Southampton, England, SO14 7NF
The price is £80 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Southampton Cruise ...
3.6/5 Good! (45 reviews)
Always visit back
"Amazing place"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2022

Ps Apartments
room2 Southampton Hometel
room2 Southampton Hometel
4 out of 5
1 Queen's Terrace, Southampton, England, SO14 3BP
The price is £99 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (537 reviews)
"Our family of three loved this hotel. The staff were friendly and accommodating. We loved that on a long trip abroad we had a night to cook in the kitchen and relax."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2022

room2 Southampton Hometel
Coldeast Mansion
Coldeast Mansion
3.5 out of 5
Coldeast Drive, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, England, SO31 7PT
The price is £110 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Southampton. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (159 reviews)
"Staff very helpful and friendly, accommodation nice, bit of an issue with the toilet seat, but soon fixed."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2022

Coldeast Mansion
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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