Boasting one of the world’s largest natural harbours, Southampton is a gem on England’s southern coast. More than simply a docking point for cruise ships, Southampton boasts a wealth of maritime history, a fantastic cultural quarter and is a great city for a little retail therapy.
One of the main draws of Southampton is its port, it's a must see whether you are about to set off on your dream cruise or enjoy a meal by the Town Quay or simply watch as the enormous vessels call into the port. Another area of the city to spend some time in is the Cultural Quarter which is alive with arts, heritage, entertainment and more where you can visit art galleries, catch a theatre show and enjoy the nightlife on offer.
From wandering through the Old Town to visiting the Tudor House and Garden museum encompassing 900 years of local history, you can get a real sense of events and influences which helped to shape this superb port city. In fact Southampton boasts a number of fantastic museums with the Solent Sky Museum being another definite favourite with tourists and locals alike. Bursting with aviation history, discover the city’s immense aero history and even sit behind the wheel of some interesting and iconic aircrafts.
Venture out of the city itself and head to New Forest, one of England’s favourite rural playgrounds. Ramble through this incredible section of countryside stumbling across quaint villages, glorious coastline, outdoor activity centres and the 3000 wild ponies that live here. Furthermore lying less than half an hour outside the city is Portsmouth, home to its own appealing historic dockyard and the HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s famous flagship is another superb port city to visit while in Hampshire.