Visiting Southampton

Description of Southampton

Southampton is of course famous for its maritime status, its port being the main port on the South coast and one of the largest in the UK. A primary port for cruise ships, sailing is also a popular sport there. But there is much more to do in Southampton. A university city, Southampton has an important student population and a lively nightlife. The city also has an amazing art scene, interesting museums and is undergoing some new attractive developments.

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As the greenest city in Southern England, one must absolutely take a walk in one of Southampton’s amazing parks. Close to the Old Town are several elegant parks- the East Park provides you with tennis and croquet playgrounds, and the 326 acre Common offers you great walk paths and is a haven for flora and fauna. Designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Common gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the local ecology and wildlife in the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre. Really interesting!Another must see in Southampton is Broadlands, one of the finest examples of mid-Georgian architecture in England. This building, built in 1767 and now owned by Lord Mountbatten houses a wide portrait collection as well as elegant furnishings. Broadlands stands in spacious parkland in a typically English landscape. It holds many events such as concerts, historical re-enactment events, orchestras and cultural shows. This is a magnificent building, don’t miss it!Why not check out the Southampton Kite Festival? During the summer months, the city is full of festivals and activities. The Kite Festival is one of the most exciting. Held in the Lordshill Recreation Grounds every year in June, the festival displays kite competitions, demonstrations such as board and buggy power kiting, a sports kite flying school, as well as street theatre, live music, face painting and a night flying Saturday evening. This is a really unique and lively festival!Another must do in Southampton is the City Art Gallery which is one of the finest galleries in Southern England. Its collection spans six centuries of European art history, with over 3,500 art works. It also houses a Designated Collection which is considered of national importance. Thousands of people visit the gallery every month. Southampton City Art Gallery has won several awards and is still one of Southampton's most popular visitor attractions. This is a must!

Did you know ?

The Pilgrims sailed from Southampton on the Mayflower and the Titanic departed from the port as well. There are memorials for both ships in the city.

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Situated on the south coast of England in the county of Hampshire, Southampton has a population of around 240,000. Lying at the northern tip of the Southampton Water, this British city is home to the longest stretch of medieval walls in England and several museums including the Southampton Maritime Museum. The city’s port is particularly known as it is where the Titanic set sail. The climate in Southampton is oceanic. Thanks to its low lying and sheltered location, Southampton offers warmer and sunnier weather than most UK cities. Average temperatures in the summer are around 22°C and in the winter near 3°C.