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Southampton City Guide
Southampton is the biggest city in the county of Hampshire and is known as the cruise capital of Europe. As well as being a great city to explore, it has a great cultural offering including museums, theatres, art galleries and music venues which are part of the Cultural Quarter. With the waterfront nearby, there’s plenty of scenery to enjoy as well as attractions such as the Marwell Zoo and the Exbury Gardens.
At night, there are plenty of clubs and bars to keep you entertained. Southampton is also a popular football loving city. If there’s a match on at St Mary’s Stadium and you’re a sports fan, why not go and watch Southampton FC play.
Stay in Southampton
There are a range of hotels in Southampton to choose from, including budget and luxury hotels. There is a Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn located in the city centre.
If you’re looking for some luxury, the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa is situated near to the coast. The Grand Harbour hotel is a modern hotel with an iconic sloping glass façade. Centrally located, this is perfect for a city stay with all amenities close by.
Eat and Drink in Southampton
There’s plenty of places to eat in Southampton city centre. Start in Bedford Place which has a long line of restaurants with a range of world cuisines. Milan, an Italian restaurant based in Bedford Place is great for traditional pasta and pizza dishes.
For drinks, why not go over to the area of Portswood where you can find a good selection of bars. Try The Hobbit which serves real ales and cocktails or the local jazz bar The Shooting Star.
If you like shopping, Southampton has a great selection to suit all tastes. For a large shopping centre try the Marlands and WestQuay which have all of your much loved high street brands. There’s also plenty of places to eat in the shopping centres. To find a bargain in the markets, there is an Arts & Crafts market as well as the Bargate Friday and Saturday markets. You’ll find a range of goods from local foods, clothes, jewellery and crafts.
If you’re visiting Southampton with children, the Marwell Zoo is based less than 8 miles from the city centre. With over 1200 animals, this popular zoo has over half a million visitors each year! For something more peaceful, why not try the Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway where you can experience the lovely woodland gardens and even take a trip on the steam railways that travels around the park.
For theatre-goers, Southampton has some fantastic theatre entertainment. The Mayflower is the largest theatre in the south of England and also a regular spot for West End productions when they tour.
Getting to Southampton
Southampton Airport has great public transport links. You can travel from the airport to the city centre by coach, bus, train or even bike. There is a train from Southampton Airport Parkway station that takes you directly to the city centre in 7 minutes. There are also great links to London by train, with plenty of trains running throughout the day.
Taxis are available at the airport 24 hours a day and operated by Checker Cars. There is a taxi desk located in the main concourse near arrivals where you can order your taxi.
There are plenty of rental companies operating for Southampton Airport, with a car rental reception centre situated near the Short Stay car park.
Make an advance booking with your company of choice to take advantage of the best rates and offers.