SouthamptonUnited Kingdom

4.2/5Top Destination

Escape to Southampton! Enjoy its museums, history, and marina.

For centuries, Southampton’s busy port was a forest of ship’s masts and rigging, alive with the chatter of seaman and merchants. Today, this city in southern England resonates with the footsteps of visitors who come to explore its museums, galleries, gardens and well-preserved architectural heritage. Southampton is situated next to the New Forest, a natural wonder that draws travelers and nature lovers from around the world.

In the city’s heart, enjoy an ice cream at Queens Park and admire the park’s artwork and military memorial. A little further north in Riverside Park, join a game of soccer or just bring some bread to feed the ducks by the River Itchen.

A little further south, near the Isle of Wight, spend a few hours at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Admire the floral displays across the site’s 200 acres (81 hectares) of gardens then ride the charming steam train across the colorful landscape.

Back in the city center, browse almost 4,000 works spanning several centuries at Southampton City Art Gallery. A major highlight is a collection of drawings, known as the Perseus series, which tell a story based on Greek myths.

Learn about Southampton’s Norman, Tudor and Victorian history in the Old City Walls. Take a self-guided tour from the arched entrance at Bargate. Marvel at old wine vaults, medieval churches and a spa frequented by the likes of Jane Austen. Be sure to visit Tudor House and Garden, which dates back more than 800 years and holds a fascinating collection of antiques. Then, take to the skies at the Solent Sky Museum, which houses a World War II Spitfire among its collection of vintage aircraft.

Reserve a ticket for a show at the historic Mayflower Theatre, which first opened in 1928. Enjoy a post-show dinner at one of the restaurants along Commercial Road.

Southampton lies just under 2 hours’ drive or train ride to the southwest of London, making it the perfect port of call for daytrips or longer visits.

Known for

Museums, Historical Buildings and Excursions

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Where to stay in Southampton

New Forest District
Southampton Cruise Terminal

New Forest District

4.5/5(21 reviews)

While visiting New Forest District, you might make a stop by sights like Peppa Pig World and Beaulieu National Motor Museum.

Southampton City Centre
Medieval Merchant\'s House

Southampton City Centre

Known for Excursions, Friendly People, Museums

4/5(136 reviews)

The lively bars and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Southampton City Centre. A stop by St. Mary's Stadium or Southampton Maritime Museum might round out your trip.

Top Hotels in Southampton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jurys Inn Southampton
Jurys Inn Southampton
4 out of 5
1 Charlotte Place, Southampton, England
$60
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in Southampton City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Southampton Solent University and Mayflower Theatre. St. Mary's Stadium ...

4/5Very Good! (1,582 reviews)

"Excellent food & staff really good would definitely come back"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Jurys Inn Southampton
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
4 out of 5
West Quay Road, Southampton, England
$71
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Located in Southampton City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old City Walls, Southampton Maritime Museum, and WestQuay Shopping Centre. Southampton ...

3.8/5Good! (1,312 reviews)

"Location is very good. Very friendly staff. Rooms comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Novotel Southampton
Novotel Southampton
4 out of 5
1 West Quay Road, Southampton, England
$71
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

Located in Southampton City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leisure World and Southampton Cruise Terminal. Mayflower Theatre and WestQuay Shopping ...

4/5Very Good! (1,619 reviews)

"Very modern hotel conveniently located for the cruise ports."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Novotel Southampton

Popular things to do in Southampton

Southampton Maritime Museum
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Southampton Maritime Museum

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Southampton Maritime Museum is a popular museum in Southampton with a story of its own. Wander the area's lush forest or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Southampton Cruise Terminal
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Southampton Cruise Terminal

4.5/5(88 reviews)

One of the busiest cruise ports in England is just a few steps from the historical and entertainment attractions of Southampton.  

University of Southampton
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University of Southampton

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Tour an oceanographic research institute, watch independent theater productions and see designs by notable British architects at this 150-year-old university. 

Mayflower Theatre
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Mayflower Theatre

From touring West End musicals to magic shows, stand-up comedy to children’s entertainment, this historic theater serves up Southampton’s best entertainment. 

Southampton Solent University
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Southampton Solent University

4.5/5(4 reviews)

This city center university forms part of the Cultural Quarter, a district home to galleries, museums, parks and performing arts venues. 

Mayflower Park
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Mayflower Park

Explore the great outdoors at Mayflower Park, a lovely green space in Southampton. Wander around the area's the lush forest or experience its entertainment choices.

Top activities in Southampton

Private Minivan: London - Southampton Port
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Private Minivan: London - Southampton Port

$277

Enjoy convenient private transportation between London and Southampton Port in the comfort of a standard minivan. For transfers to or from Southampton Port, the serviced areas are: London Select this option for hotels located in London city center or for London airports.

Private Standard Car: London - Southampton Port
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Private Standard Car: London - Southampton Port

$245

Enjoy convenient private transportation between London and Southampton Port in the comfort of a standard car. For transfers to or from Southampton Port, the serviced areas are: London Select this option for hotels located in the London city center or London airports.

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Southampton
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Southampton

$13

Our popular VIP Party Passes offer a great variety of weekend nightlife entries. We have been booking groups small and large onto the guestlists all over the UK for a decade. We have designed our Nightlife Deals get you VIP entry into selected, popular clubs and bars.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Southampton, UK
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Southampton, UK

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

London - Stonehenge - London
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London - Stonehenge - London

$118

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Stonehenge, Amesbury SP4 7DE England The mysterious and mythical Stonehenge has been a wonder throughout the ages.

Walk the Secrets of the Titanic
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Walk the Secrets of the Titanic

$23

We will meet at the Town Quay, and see the bustle of the Port of Southampton. Then we will walk Mayflower Park, where the famous Pilgrim Ship sailed to America After we will see the QE2 Mile. Before heading to Oxford Street for all the Secrets of the

Reviews of Southampton

4.2

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Only drawback is number of flights in/out of local airport for international travelers.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

We just spent one night there since we were taking a cruise the next morning. Overall, Southampton seems like a lovely place, but we've only been there a couple of times to overnight before taking a cruise.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 2, 2019

Clean city and nice museum about the Titanic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 25, 2019

The Tudor House was excellent. I learned a lot about the Pilgrims from the waterfront monument and their free guide book. The Titanic route, ending with tea at the remains of the Southwest Hotel was interesting.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

Cosmopolitan; Lots to do

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

Very convenient joining cruise ship, this is my second time