The cruise capital of the UK, Southampton is a gateway to adventure. Whether you’re sailing across the sea, exploring the nearby countryside, or discovering the city’s cultural quarter with its fantastic museums, shopping and nightlife.
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The New Forest Just a stone's throw from Southampton you'll stumble upon a quieter pace of life. Wild ponies and deer roam the ancient wood and heathland, and picture-postcard villages dot the landscape. It's a haven for foodies, hikers, nature and water-sports enthusiasts alike.
Isle of Wight and The Solent A small island with a lot to offer, famed for sailing, festivals and quintessential seaside holidays. Iconic Cowes Week is the oldest and biggest regatta in the world, but if sailing isn't your thing you'll find more than 500 miles of footpaths, award-winning beaches and plenty to entertain the kids. All just a short ferry ride from Southampton.
Maritime Heritage Both Southampton and neighbouring Portsmouth are built on centuries of maritime history. Visit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home to the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, HMS Alliance and Henry VIII's the Mary Rose.
Winchester Nearby Winchester is an ancient cathedral city. Compact enough to explore on foot, wander the narrow streets taking in the Elizabethan and Regency architecture. Don't miss the Great Hall, home to King Arthur's Round Table.
Visit a vineyard Hampshire has made a name for itself in the world of English wines, producing high-quality sparkling and white wines made following the traditional methods from the Champagne region. Most of the vineyards are found in the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park and many offer tours and tastings.