One of the world's most famed ports, Southampton served as the launching point of the Mayflower and the Titanic. Today, it's one of the busiest passenger ports.
Fun Things to Do:
Visit the Southampton Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of Southampton and its significant role as a port for ocean liners, the most famous being the Titanic. Not to be missed is the exhibit "Titanic Voices", where visitors can hear the story of the tragic voyage in the words of survivors and those touched by the tragedy.
Browse the halls of The City Art Gallery, which was named the "National Fine Art Museum of the Year" in 1994.
Take a guided tour of Old Southampton and walk along the medieval town wall.
Explore the more than 300 acres of open park space in The Common. It's an amazing collection of flora and fauna, so remarkable, in fact, that it has been designated a site of special scientific interest.
Southampton is a shopper's delight, with several shopping areas and a wide variety of retailers. The most popular shopping center is WestQuay, located right in the city. It offers stores such as John Lewis, Waitrose and Marks & Spencers, as well as the more internationally known H&M, Gap, Sephora and Tower Records. Alternatives to WestQuay are the Marlands, which offers an even larger selection, including homeware and toy stores, and Bargate, the place to go for urban, surf or beach attire as well as the arcade, Sega Park.