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Welcome to Southampton

Known for its well-preserved medieval city walls; 12th-century Tudor House Museum; and for being the Titanic’s departure port, maritime Southampton has played a key role in English history for millennia. But this isn’t a city that resides in the past. In fact, there are plenty of things to do in Southampton, which enjoys a lively reputation thanks to cutting-edge museums such as Sea City, a thriving Cultural Quarter, and a sizable student population. Its proximity to the New Forest National Park, the Isle of Wight, and Stonehenge is an additional advantage.

Top 3 attractions in Southampton

Highclere Castle

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A neo-Gothic masterpiece, Highclere Castle is best known for doubling as Downton Abbey in the much-loved TV series of the same name. The turreted, sandstone mansion was created by Sir Charles Barry, the architect behind England’s Houses of Parliament. The site upon which it stands has been in the hands of the Carnarvon family since the 17th century, and the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon now welcome the public to explore the lavishly decorated interior, the Egyptian Exhibition, and the 1,000-acre (405-hectare) Capability Brown–designed grounds.More
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Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky Museum

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Including an original Spitfire, Sandringham flying boat, and 1920s seaplane, the Solent Sky Museum’s vintage collection encapsulates Southampton’s unique aviation history. A fun choice for aircraft experts and plane-crazy kids alike, the volunteer-run museum offers a personalized learning experience off the city’s beaten track.More
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Port of Southampton

Port of Southampton

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The Port of Southampton is the UK's most frequented cruise port, welcoming some of the largest cruise ships in the world, including those owned by Cunard, P&O, and Royal Caribbean. The port also runs passenger ferries to the Isle of Wight and across the channel to France, as well as serves as the gateway to London and wider South East England.More

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Southampton Cruise Port Transfer to/from London City & All London Airports
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Bath and the Cotswolds Day Tour from Southampton
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Transfer from Southampton to London via Stonehenge and Windsor Castle
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Southampton to Heathrow Private Transfer

Southampton to Heathrow Private Transfer

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Walk the Secrets of the Titanic

Walk the Secrets of the Titanic

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From Southampton port to London

From Southampton port to London

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2-Day Stonehenge, Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford Private Tour from Southampton
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All about Southampton

When to visit

Southampton is busiest in summer, when high temperatures peak at 73°F (23°C), and its waterfront setting really comes into its own. Bank holiday weekends are particularly busy, and festivals including Common People Southampton in late May and the Southampton International Boat Show in September draw flocks of visitors in the shoulder season. Don’t overlook cooler times of year, though: Southampton’s annual Bonfire Night fireworks and Christmas markets and ice rinks make for festive sightseeing.

Getting around

The Southampton Central railway station connects Southampton to destinations across the UK, as does the Southampton Coach Station. Local bus services offer an affordable way to traverse the region, though Southampton is also easily explored on foot, by bike, or by taxi. Ferry services also connect the city to the Isle of Wight and other nearby destinations.

Traveler tips

If you have a car, and a few days to explore Southampton, don’t miss the opportunity to plan a day trip to the Isle of Wight. Less than an hour’s ferry trip from the mainland, the island promises dramatic cliffs like the Needles, pretty beaches like Shanklin, unspoiled towns like Newport, and lots of opportunities for outdoorsy pursuits. Take a self-directed tour or choose a guided tour to see the highlights with ease.

Southampton information

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