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Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere bornefrom centuries of international trade, Southampton is one of the UKs leading ports and liveliestcities, combining medieval walls and buildings, modern shopping and entertainment complexes,marinas, culture and nightlife. Explore the citys rich culture and long history and try the widerange of leisure activities in the beautiful surrounding countryside before relaxing to recount theday in one of Southamptons many harbour side restaurants, cafs and bars.

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Southamptons Old TownThe Old Town is a vibrant quarterbased on its own historic identity. Ithas...Titanic TrailSouthampton will always be associatedwith the ill-fated liner, RMS Titanic,...

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The city has witnessed the departure of the Mayower for the New World, the building of the rst submarine, thefateful maiden voyage of the Titanic and the creation ofthe spitre ghter plane. To celebrate its nautical tradition,the city hosts some of the worlds most prestigiousmaritime events, drawing hundreds of thousands of peoplefrom across the globe to witness the vast array ofcolourful crafts on Southampton water. Today, it isrecognised as the countrys main destination anddeparture point for the worlds great cruise liners with aconstant stream of vast, luxurious oating palaces dashingthrough the citys skyline at all times of day and night.


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Whether you want to visit one of the best UK art galleries outside London or fancy catching a blockbusting musical,Southampton is place to come to. The city is home tosome of the regions best concert halls and venues,boasting three outstanding art galleries and two

magnicent theatres.

Southamptons Old Town

The Old Town is a vibrantquarter based on its ownhistoric identity. It has a mix ofbuilding design dating to the12th century, Victorianarchitecture, and

contemporary design. Old Town is clearly bordered on three sides by one of the longest surviving stretches ofmedieval town walls in the country.

Photo: Christophe.Finot (image cropped)Address: Old Town, Southampton

Titanic Trail

Southampton will always beassociated with the ill-fatedliner, RMS Titanic, which setsail from shore in 1912. Youcan take a guided tour withTourist Guides Association

and explore various memorials and other related points of interest of this tragic story.

Photo: AlanFord (image cropped)Phone: +44 23 8057 1858Internet:

SeaCity Museum

SeaCity Museum is located atthe heart of Southampton andtells the story about thepeople of the city from thepast and aboutSouthamptons connection

with the sea. Here you will hear the stories about the Titanic and experience the sights and sounds ofSouthampton in 1912.

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Address: Havelock Road, SouthamptonOpening hours: Daily 10am-5pmPhone: +44 23 8083 3007Internet:

Solent Sky Aviation Museum

The Southampton Hall ofAviation (Solent Sky) depictsthe history of aviation in theSolent area with a collection ofauthentic aircrafts dating backprimarily to the 20th century.

It houses a Spitre and a Sandringham Flying Boat, amongothers. Many exhibits were produced locally.

Photo: Bill Abbott (image cropped)Address: 7 Albert Road South, SouthamptonOpening hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, closed on MondaysPhone: +44 23 8063 5830Internet:

Southampton City Art Gallery

The magnicent City ArtGallery has over 5000 worksof art covering six centuries ofEuropean culture from theItalian Renaissance to FrenchImpressionism. Its core

collection of 20th century British art is internationally renowned. Entry is free of charge.

Photo: Graham Tiller (image cropped)Address: Commercial Road, SouthamptonOpening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 10am-5pm, closed on SundaysPhone: +44 23 8083 2277Internet:

Mayflower TheatreAt the heart of Southamptonsperforming arts tradition is themajestic Mayower Theatre,the largest theatre in SouthernEngland. This opened in 1928,and has undergone extensive

refurbishment. You can see musicals, ballet, operatic productions as well as comedy acts and evenings withcelebrities.

Photo: Turquoisesh (image cropped)Address: Commercial Road, SouthamptonPhone: +44 2380 711811Internet:

Tudor House & Garden

The Tudor House & Garden islocated in the Old Town and isSouthamptons oldestmuseum, built at the end ofthe 15th century. Thisimportant historic building has

undergone a major 5.4m refurbishment and transformed into an exceptional visitor experience.

Photo: Christophe.Finot (image cropped)Address: Bugle Street, SouthamptonOpening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-5pmPhone: +44 23 8083 4242Internet:

Day Trip To The Isle Of Wight

Take a short boat journeyfrom Southamptons TownQuay to this popular holidayisland. Once there, you canenjoy plenty of attractions andfun activities. The beautiful

landscape has a mix of forests, wide sandy beaches and chalk clis - ideal location for a day trip.

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Bike The Tracks Of New Forest

A 12 minute river crossingfrom Southampton brings youto the picturesque harbourtown of Hythe from whereyour choice of bike can becollected. You are then free to

explore the New Forest with its beautiful scenery, historic castles and famous sea views.

Hythe Ferry+44 23 8084 0722Prospect Place, Hythe, Southampton

Cyclexperience+44 23 8084 0765Suite 4a South Street Centre, 16 South Street, Hythe,

Photo: AleGranholm (image cropped)Address: Prospect Place, Hythe, SouthamptonPhone: +44 23 8084 0722Internet: /

Southamptons Parks

Southampton is probably thegreenest city in SouthernEngland. Close to the OldTown are seven Grade II listedformal parks, which have beenfully restored to their former

Victorian glory and have their traditional bandstand, rose gardens, elaborate fountains and imposing sculptureswhich evoke the citys history and civic pride.

One of them is Central Parks, located in the heart of the city centre. There are plenty of activities to do here such

as mini-golf course, basketball court, a skate park andcricket pitches. There are also guided walks and regularmusic sessions in the bandstand.

Photo: Beckie (image cropped)Address: Central Parks, Southampton

Medieval Merchants House

Built in 1290, as the home ofa Southampton man whomade his fortune trading withBordeaux, and is one of theearliest surviving merchantshouses in England. It has been

restored to its mid-14th century appearance and replica furnishings provide an insight into medieval life.

Photo: Leimenide (image cropped)Address: 58 French Street, Southampton, HampshirePhone: +44 870 333 1181Internet:

Guided Walks

Sightseeing walks and tours inand around Southampton is agreat way to explore the city.Many guided walks on avariety of themes arearranged by See Southampton

and Southampton Tourist Guides Association. They provide both public and private walking tours. Consult theweb sites for more info.

Photo: baranq/Shutterstock.comAddress: Old Town, SouthamptonPhone: +44 7804 120 479Internet: /

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Southampton Common ParkThe huge 326 acre Commonpark, just a short walk fromthe city centre, is a haven forora and fauna and has beendesignated a UNESCO site ofspecial scientic interest. The

Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the local ecology and wildlife.

Photo: Peshkova/Shutterstock.comAddress: Southampton Common, SouthamptonPhone: +44 23 8067 1921

Sport Activities

Southampton oers a widerange of sports facilitiesincluding golf (The MunicipalGolf Course), Tennis (DavidLloyd Tennis Club), sailing,canoeing/kayaking, swimming

and diving, and general leisure centre activities.

Southampton Golf ClubGolf Course

David Lloyd Leisure O Brownhill Way Frogmore Lane Southampton

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Photo: Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock.comAddress: Golf Course Road, Bassett, SouthamptonInternet:

St Mary's Stadium

If you like football then youshould head over to St Mary'sStadium which is the home ofSouthampton F.C. Thestadium has undergone someconstructions between

December 1999 and July 2001 at a total cost of 32 million.

Besides watching football you can take a stadium tour where yo


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