Southampton Travel Guide

Used by many simply as a means by which to reach French shores, the port city of Southampton is in fact well worthy of a visit in its own right, offering maritime attractions, interesting history and heritage and a lively atmosphere generated somewhat by its significant student population. With the additional appeal of the fine scenery of the New Forest on its doorstep, it’s hardly a difficult city to sell as a day trip, short break or vacation destination.

The earliest roots of the city’s current role as a busy port can be traced at Town and Shamrock Quays, a section of the docklands from where famous vessels such as The Mayflower and the (ill-fated) Titanic once set sail. Unfortunately, nothing exists of the industry that once was; however, the quays are still a busy area now playing host to shops, bars and restaurants.

Spend a day immersed in history and culture by visiting the likes of the Museum of Archaeology, the Tudor House Museum and the Maritime Museum, or else just opt for a little relaxation at one of the many parks that have helped Southampton earn itself the nickname ‘Green City’. In the evening, head for the waterfront; here a variety of lively restaurants, pubs and bars are located.

Southampton attractions

The Museum of Archaeology: home to one of Britain’s finest archaeological collections, the museum follows the history of the city from Roman times to the present day.

The Tudor House Museum: this partly preserved, partly reconstructed Tudor House is home to all manner of interesting artifacts including one of Henry VIII’s cannons. The ghost of Anne Boleyn is said to walk the hallways of the house!

Southampton Maritime Museum: artifacts relating to the city’s fascinating maritime past are on display at this popular visitor attraction.

Broadlands: this splendid stately home has a notable exterior plus an interior which includes fine furniture, paintings and an impressive Wedgwood china collection.