Contemporary and cultured, Southampton is a modern city; however it retains an air of magic from its days on the high seas and its shipbuilding past that linger, thankfully, to this day.
The old city’s remaining medieval wall signals that there was life before the Southampton we see today. Ancient architecture now sits alongside the shopping arcades and chic boutiques that draw visitors to the city.
Notable for its building of the Queen Mary and the unfortunate Titanic, a stroll along Southampton’s waterfront along the famous Solent inlet bring its maritime past into the present. Don’t miss a visit to the city’s museums that add to the historic knowledge of the area for example the Maritime Museum - full of nautical curiosities; Tudor House Museum is a beautiful building, supposedly haunted by Anne Boleyn; Medieval Merchants House is home to all sorts of antiquities and quirky furniture while Solent Sky (Hall of Aviation) boasts real Spitfire and Tiger Moth biplanes. Art enthusiasts need look no further than Southampton City Art Gallery with over 4,000 paintings and sculptures. Of course, a trip to Southampton wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the moving Mayflower Memorial.
Take the family for an amble through the lush greenery of one of Southampton’s parks like Western Shore for a spot of fishing; Mayfield Park, The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre or the beautiful Lordswood Greenways. Why not watch a cricket match on the famous Rose Bowl or visit the glorious New Forest, just a stone’s throw from the city. Mystical Stonehenge, in the middle of Salisbury’s rolling hills is worth the detour.
Southampton’s fashionable Ocean Village on the marina is the place to spend an evening; with bars, cinemas, restaurants and open-air concerts. With 240 ships sailing away from its shores every year, Southampton is also the perfect place from which to set sail for the cruise of a lifetime.
The following information is correct as of August 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Flights to Southampton land in Southampton International Airport which is just a few minutes by bus or car from the city centre. Alternatively it is easy to reach Southampton from Gatwick and Heathrow Airports which are 80 and 60 miles away respectively.
What you need to know
Currency: The British Pound Sterling (GBP) £
Visas: No visa is required for EU nationals however some foreign nationals may need a visa to enter the UK. For more information, check with a local embassy or the Foreign Office website.
Laws: Southampton has a smoking ban in all public places including hotels, bars, nightclubs, attractions and restaurants. Only those over 18 are legally allowed to consume alcohol unless with a parent or guardian.
Best Time to Visit
With a maritime climate, Southampton has relatively hot, dry summers thanks to its sheltered position, and mild, wet winters. June to early September is the best time of year to visit, when strolling outdoors and exploring Southampton’s attractions is more fun in the sun. In February Southampton hosts a fantastic film festival while kite, beer and tree festivals kick off the summer months. Come winter, Southampton’s Christmas lights sparkle and German markets and celebrations offer visitors plenty to do as the year draws to a close.
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