City of Southampton

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City of Southampton Reviews

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City of Southampton May 06, 2012
The international maritime city of Southampton is the largest city in Hampshire, South England. It owes its prominence not only as the departure point of Titanic on its unfortunate maiden voyage but also to its proximity to the paradise island Isle of Wight. It is also known as the ‘cruise capital’ of Northern Europe. Famous residents include writers Jane Austen and William Makepeace Thackeray, as well as Titanic captain Edward Smith. R&B sensation Craig David was born here.

You may order a brochure online and have them delivered to your accommodation free of charge. It is advisable to have one so you can plan your own itinerary plus there are discount vouchers included inside.

From London you may go by train, but journeying by coach (in less than two hours) is recommended. National Express ( and the famous low-cost Megabus ( departs London Victoria Coach Station at a time that may be suitable for you.

Avoid visiting the place during winter season as it is a coastal area. Best time to go is during the warmer months June to August, and the city center becomes livelier during September due to many events that take place during that time. It is not advisable to go on a Sunday because the Visitor Information Center is closed as well as some stores shut early.

There is a wide variety of food establishments in this bustling city from Italian to Mexican and of course, Chinese cuisine. The best thing to do is ask at the Visitor Information Centre or get a brochure for a list of gastronomic hubs in the area. Or why not approach a local and ask? It is surely a great way of making an acquaintance!

There is a wide range of accommodation in Southampton. You may call the Visitor Information Service on 023 8083 333 (local number) or better yet, email them at at least two days before heading there.

Aside from the newly-opened SeaCity Museum and Historical Tudor House and Garden, you may also spend time on other attractions such as The Medieval Merchant’s House, Solent Sky Aviation Museum, Ocean Villlage as well as loiter on various docks; guaranteed no pirates at bay! If you only have a day, it would be best to join a walking tour (visit for a total immersion to the city’s heritage and culture. For the more courageous crew, try the ‘ghost tours’ of the Old Town at night. It may not look it, but Southampton is actually one of the best places to shop in England. Find both familiar and unfamiliar stores, boutiques and restaurants at the big three malls: The Marlands, West Quay Retail Park and Bargate Shopping Centre. A mini-cruise along the Solent is a good idea too! ;)
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SeaCity Museum facade.
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