Visit Southampton

Southampton may not be the obvious choice for a UK holiday destination, although the city offers plenty to do, and is also within easy reach of some of the most beautiful countryside in the south of England. And if you're cruising, Southampton is home to one of the busiest cruise terminals in the UK.

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Things to Do

Southampton is home to several theatres, including the Mayflower, the largest in the south of England. The city is also the home of the City Art Gallery, one of the best collections outside London, and for more contemporary art, the Solent Showcase shouldn't be missed. The restored Tudor house and garden provides visitors with a picture of everyday life in Tudor times, while the fascinating SeaCity museum explores Southampton's relationship with the sea and the ill fated Titanic.


If you prefer shopping, Southampton is one of the UK's top 10 shopping destinations, offering unique boutiques and small shops, markets and modern shopping centres. Bedford Place is a district of smaller and older shops, along with a good selection of cafes and bars. There are plenty of hotels in southampton, ranging from luxurious to those travelling on a budget. The city offers a good choice of dining options, with fast food, fine dining, small cafes and tea rooms as well as plenty of foreign restaurants.


Southampton is actually within easy reach of some of Britain's most popular beaches and resorts. Close to the city are the smaller beach communities of Lepe Beach and Milford on Sea, offering various water sports, or the chance to see local wildlife. A little further are two of England's most famous seaside resorts, Bognor Regis and Bournemouth, with its 7 miles of beaches, both offering everything you would expect to keep the family occupied.

Day Trips and Further Afield

Any car enthusiast should visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, one of the best collections of historic cars anywhere, with over 250 vehicles on display. The New Forest is one of the most scenic areas in the UK and the National Park, with its opportunities to see wildlife, unspoiled small towns and villages, and miles of walking and riding trails is an easy day trip from the city. The historic naval city of Portsmouth is also within easy reach, and one of the most popular trips from Southampton is on a ferry for the short ride to the beautiful Isle of Wight.