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SouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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

Top Hotels in Southampton

Southampton Harbour Hotel
Southampton Harbour Hotel
5 out of 5
5 Maritime Walk, Ocean Village, Southampton, England
The price is $154 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in Southampton City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Solent Sky Museum, Ocean Village Marina, and St. Mary's Stadium. WestQuay Shopping ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (480 reviews)

"The property is in a great location with marina views. Overall they have adapted well to the new measures required for COVID. We visited the harbour restaurant where the food was good, however a bit noisy/busy in the evening. The only issue I had this time round was that the staff failed to come ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2020

Southampton Harbour Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7
Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7
3 out of 5
Botley Road, West End, Southampton, England
The price is $51 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground, Manor Farm Country Park, and Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre. St. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (970 reviews)

"The hotel staff were very friendly, and did a sterling job considering they were working in lock down conditions."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct7
Jurys Inn Southampton
Jurys Inn Southampton
4 out of 5
1 Charlotte Place, Southampton, England
The price is $47 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (957 reviews)

"The hotel was clean modern and fantastic the only letdown is no car parking"…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Jurys Inn 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.

Vacation Rentals in Southampton

room2 Southampton
room2 Southampton
4 out of 5
1 Queen's Terrace, Southampton, England
The price is $62 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in Southampton City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen's Park and Ocean Village Marina. WestQuay Shopping Centre and Southampton ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (297 reviews)

"This is a great place to stay. It’s spotlessly clean and really comfortable. We had a view of the park which was lovely. The staff were really polite and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2020

room2 Southampton
Highfield Apartments
Highfield Apartments
3 out of 5
20 Furzedown Road, Southampton, England

Situated in Southampton, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Southampton, Southampton Cruise Terminal, and Southampton Solent University. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13 reviews)

"Lovely apartment, great location and had everything we needed. I would highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Highfield Apartments
Coldeast Mansion
Coldeast Mansion
3.5 out of 5
Coldeast Drive, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, England

Situated in Southampton, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Segensworth Business Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Solent Business Park. Ageas Bowl ...

4.1/5Very Good! (126 reviews)

"It was a great location, set in beautiful grounds. Room was clean with a great view."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Coldeast Mansion
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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Reviews of Southampton

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5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 15, 2019

Perfect location to prepare for our cruise, that is, arriving early from overseas. Plenty to see on our rest day before the cruise.

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 12, 2019

Southampton reminds me of home. Reminds me of Iowa!!!

4/5 - Good

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Sep 30, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

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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.

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