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SouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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

New Forest District, England, United Kingdom

New Forest District

4.5/5Wonderful!(392 area reviews)

While visiting New Forest District, you might make a stop by sights like Paultons Family Theme Park - Home of Peppa Pig World and Beaulieu National Motor Museum.

New Forest District
Southampton City Centre, Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Southampton City Centre

4/5Very Good!(583 area reviews)

The lively bars and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Southampton City Centre. A stop by St. Mary's Stadium or WestQuay Shopping Centre might round out your trip.

Southampton City Centre

Top hotels in Southampton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Southampton Harbour Hotel
Southampton Harbour Hotel
5 out of 5
5 Maritime Walk, Ocean Village, Southampton, England

Located in Southampton City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Solent Sky Museum, St. Mary's Stadium and Ocean Village Marina. WestQuay Shopping ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (422 reviews)

"Great nights sleep with a great view over the water"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Southampton Harbour Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton
4 out of 5
Bracken Place, Chilworth, Southampton, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £62 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stoneham Golf Club and University of Southampton. Southampton City Golf Course and The Brook Theater ...

3.7/5Good! (749 reviews)

"Room and lounge furniture could do with an update as looking a little tatty"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
4 out of 5
34-35 High Street, Southampton, England
The price is £51 per night

Located in Southampton City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tudor House and Garden and WestQuay Shopping Centre. Solent Sky Museum and SeaCity ...

3.6/5Good! (988 reviews)
the best place to stay in Southampton.

"I couldn't of chosen a better placed hotel. very handy for so many places."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2020

Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

Popular places to visit in Southampton

Southampton Cruise Terminal
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Southampton Cruise Terminal

4.5/5(216 reviews)

One of the busiest cruise ports in England is just a few steps from the historical and entertainment attractions of Southampton.  

University of Southampton
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University of Southampton

4/5(55 reviews)

Tour an oceanographic research institute, watch independent theater productions and see designs by notable British architects at this 150-year-old university. 

Mayflower Theatre
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Mayflower Theatre

4.5/5(49 reviews)

From touring West End musicals to magic shows, stand-up comedy to children’s entertainment, this historic theater serves up Southampton’s best entertainment. 

Southampton Solent University
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Southampton Solent University

4/5(15 reviews)

This city center university forms part of the Cultural Quarter, a district home to galleries, museums, parks and performing arts venues. 

Netley Abbey
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Netley Abbey

Find out about the history of Southampton with a stop at Netley Abbey. Wander the lush forest and waterfront in the area.

Mayflower Park
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Mayflower Park

Explore the great outdoors at Mayflower Park, a lovely green space in Southampton. Wander the area's lush forest or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Southampton

In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

£73
Per adult
Walk the Secrets of the Titanic
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Walk the Secrets of the Titanic

£18
Per adult
All Inclusive Layover Tour from Southampton upto 5 traveller
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All Inclusive Layover Tour from Southampton upto 5 traveller

£950
Per adult
London Full-Day Private Shore Excursion from Pt Southampton
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London Full-Day Private Shore Excursion from Pt Southampton

£1,453
Per adult
Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Southampton
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Southampton

£10
Per adult
2-Day Stonehenge, Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford Private Tour
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2-Day Stonehenge, Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford Private Tour

£895
Per adult

Reviews of Southampton

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
167
5 - Excellent 21.437740693196407%
4 - Good
416
4 - Good 53.4017971758665%
3 - Okay
177
3 - Okay 22.721437740693197%
2 - Disappointing
16
2 - Disappointing 2.053915275994865%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.3851091142490372%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Must visit the cinema opposite the hotel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Massive regeneration and development. It does mean the old high street is a bit run down and full of homeless people.

4/5 - Good

Steve

29 Feb 2020

I was hear to salt out my uber eats programme. Southampton has everything you could need to do. So no issues lots of walking aswell for me which i loved and main thing it for me has uber officers

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

A bit run down in places

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

15 Feb 2020

Used to live in the area, but I will never stay in this hotel again unless it is substantually improved. McDonald hotels used to be good

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

13 Feb 2020

Was in Southampton for a hospital appt

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