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Situated in the centre of the south coast of England, Southampton combines seaside charm with city life, a popular shopping scene and numerous cultural attractions. A major port throughout history, today it’s as popular as a cruise stop as it is for its proximity to the New Forest National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, to its west. Whether you’re planning a trip for business or pleasure, there are numerous Southampton hotels to choose from, but for a calm and convenient stay, look no further than Jurys Inn Southampton or Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour.
Get your bearings
Given Southampton’s coastal location, the SeaCity Museum is a great spot to begin your visit. Located in the heart of Southampton city centre, the museum examines the port’s history, from its earliest settlers some 250,000 years ago to the RMS Titanic, which departed from Southampton on its fateful 1912 voyage, and up to its more recent development as a cruise ship hub. Fans of air travel are also well catered for at the Solent Sky Museum, which commemorates the area’s history in aviation, including the birthplace of the Spitfire plane in 1936.
Shoppers will find everything they need in Southampton, with two big shopping centres in WestQuay and The Marlands to choose from, as well as a popular high street. If you’re after something more cultural, you’re also in luck, with three theatres including The Mayflower, which hosts touring West End shows, comedians and more. Also worth a look is the Tudor House & Garden: a 15th-century timber-framed house that gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the Southampton of the past.
While you’re there
With the Isle of Wight to the south, an hour’s ferry ride away, and the New Forest just 15 minutes’ drive out of town, day trips from Southampton will allow you to fully explore this beautiful part of the UK. Meet the friendly native ponies of the New Forest on a walk or bike ride, or discover Queen Victoria’s beloved holiday home, Osborne House, just across the Solent on the Isle of Wight. The monarch once said that “it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”.