The historic city of Southampton is fast becoming one of the most popular leisure and cultural destinations in the south of England. Its appeal lies in its diverse nightlife, superb heritage attractions and the excitement and charm of a bustling waterfront location. Southampton has been a settlement since Roman times and Roman ruins can be seen to ... Read more
this day in a suburb called Bitterne Manor. In Saxon times, the town's preeminent position, on England's south coast, made it Britain's premier trading post. In the Middle Ages, Southampton became walled and some remnants of these defenses remain today, most notably the Bargate in the city center. Southampton is also known as the cruise capital of Europe, welcoming over four million visitors a year to its impressive museums, music venues, and art galleries, as well as parks and outstanding shopping facilities.

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Southampton reviews

  • 9.8
    History Buffs
  • 8.3
    Family Travellers
  • 7.4
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Go look at the medieval walls. I would have missed this city if my boyfriend didn't live there. It's not a major destination, but it's still nice.

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Not sure why it has got such a bad rap on this site. Sure, it's not Winchester, but it is a charming city on the coast with an excellent university and an interesting historic district. Not drab or grey at all on a summer day.

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Local from Bournemouth

Interesting city, as you can discover lots of ruins such as the walls or the gate just by walking around. Also has a few malls for those interested in shopping. But personally I don't find it beautiful as it does have a very grey look, both the sea and the sky. It is very industrialised. I believe a day is more than enough to spend in this city.

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First to Review

Impossible. Spent many minutes figuring out how to create a trip ( finding the + sign). Many minutes more attempting unsuccessfully to add stops to a trip. Failure.

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Local from Southampton

It's a bustling city with 2 universities and mantling, bars & restaurants. In the summer it's great to sit by the water at Ocean village and watch the world go by! Plenty to do here & there will soon be a Titanic museum as well as the Tudor House, art Gallery & various other museum. We have the Bargate which was the entrance to the walled town - visit here & take a look around!

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Brooklyn

Has to be one of the least attractive towns on the planet. This place is gray, industrial, and depressed. The only reason to visit is to quickly hop on or off a cruise ship. Hotel and dining options are limited (and poor). Come if you must but leave as soon as you can.

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Local from Basingstoke

Good Shopping and a little history ( what wasn't bombed during WWII ).

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Brockenhurst

Great Historic city, with fantastic shopping.

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