Things to do in Southampton

Located on England`s south coast, Southampton is a vibrant, buzzing maritime city with a wide variety of attractions and activities on offer. Whatever your passion as a travelling tourist, Southampton has something for everyone; from some of the best theatres outside of London, to enviable proximity to areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as the New Forest.

However, you don`t have to travel to the New Forest to find stunning scenery. Southampton is one of the greenest cities in Southern England, containing numerous parks spreading throughout the City Centre. Furthermore, Southampton Common, just 2 miles outside the city centre, offers 326 acres of beautiful, tranquil parkland to enjoy at your leisure. Moreover, trips to the beautiful Isle of Wight are regular and cheap, via efficient ferry links.

As well as Southampton`s prime location for greenery, one of the city`s most publicised advantages is its port. Widely recognised as the cruise capital of northern Europe, Southampton regularly offers the unmissable sight of majestic cruise liners travelling into port. Further to this, Southampton frequently is a location of ship-naming. Most recently, the much publicised Queen Mary 2 was viewed by thousands as she was named.

If you are looking for culture, Southampton boasts an impressive collection of art galleries, museums and theatres. In particular, Southampton is home to the Mayflower Theatre, the largest theatre in Southern England, with a capacity of 2,300. Here you can see numerous world famous plays, as well as many other outstanding theatrical performances.

Unsurprisingly, Southampton contains a rich history, which can be seen all over the city. In particular, the Historic Old Town contains buildings that span the centuries of time, as well as fantastic medieval town walls to stroll along, free of charge. The now tranquil waterfront is also abound with historical importance, with strong connections to the D-Day landings.

In terms of nightlife, Southampton is unparalleled. Eating out is an enjoyable experience, with an enviable range of multi-cultural restaurants to choose from. From classy Italian restaurants, to more specialist Greek tavernas, Southampton has each individual taste covered. For those looking for a more lively nightlife, Leisure World in West Quay offers a modern, spectacularly diverse entertainment complex, containing pubs, a casino and the largest Oceana nightclub in the country.

In sum, Southampton offers something for everyone; from quiet strolls amongst beautiful scenery, to unrivalled cultural experiences. Access to the city is easy via rail and road; and for those further afield, Southampton Airport takes in flights from a wide range of European cities across the continent. In terms of accommodation, Southampton hosts many reasonably priced hotels, which can be searched thoroughly, with limited hassle, through hotels near Southampton.

Southampton warmly welcomes your arrival!