Southampton

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Once one of Britain’s most vital ports, today this city is the gateway into centuries of Norman, Tudor and Victorian history and the rich ecology of Hampshire.

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.

Where to stay in Southampton

Jurys Inn Southampton
Jurys Inn Southampton
4 out of 5
1 Charlotte Place, Southampton, England, SO14 0TB
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $58 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (961 reviews)
"First time staying at this hotel but will stay here again very clean"

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Jurys Inn Southampton
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
4 out of 5
West Quay Road, Southampton, England, SO15 1AG
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $94 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (968 reviews)
"Only issue was they ran out of food and beer in the restaurant"

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
Moxy Southampton
Moxy Southampton
3 out of 5
Harbour Parade, Southampton, England, SO151BA
The price is $66 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (177 reviews)
"Pretty funky hotel, nice Marriot owned clean place with parking (£10 for 24 hours - should be free) Comfy beds. We didnt get a free welcome drink which was a bit annoying as we only realised after we left that we should of had one. Reception staff not particularly attentive, I had to interrupt them ..."

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Moxy Southampton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coldeast Mansion
Coldeast Mansion
3.5 out of 5
Coldeast Drive, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, England, SO31 7PT
The price is $76 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (140 reviews)
"It is a lovely premises, the receptionist was so helpful and ensured our stay was great and at the last minute, even managed to get us a table for 6 even though it was busy"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Coldeast Mansion
room2 Southampton Hometel
room2 Southampton Hometel
4 out of 5
1 Queen's Terrace, Southampton, England, SO14 3BP
The price is $85 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (473 reviews)
"Property was comfortable and well equipped. Staff were friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

room2 Southampton Hometel
Ps Apartments
Ps Apartments
3 out of 5
1 Portland St, Southampton, England, SO14 7NF
The price is $76 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Southampton. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Southampton Cruise ...
4/5 Very Good! (32 reviews)
Pleasant apartment
"Nice pleasant and comfortable apartment right in the heart of the town centre. Easy to follow entrance Instructions."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Ps Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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