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With ancient roots and a well-preserved selection of historic buildings, Southampton is a wonderful place to discover some of Great Britain’s great past, especially if you are interested in maritime tales. Check into hotels in Southampton to be immersed in times gone by, while exploring a pleasant city that features some strikingly modern architecture.
This meeting of history and modernity sits well in Southampton, which is on the southern coast of England in the county of Hampshire, close to the holiday hotspots of the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Bognor Regis and Bournemouth.
Even if you choose to stay in central Southampton hotels (which are ideal for shopping, sightseeing and city dining), you should make time to enjoy a traditional day at the British seaside – deckchairs and fish and chips are optional. There are plenty of both sandy and pebbly beaches nearby with a range of amenities and having a car makes it easy to reach these terrific coastal spots.
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Many of the city’s hotels play host to cruise passengers who soak up some of the local culture before boarding the colossal ships that set sail from Southampton on a daily basis. While it’s best not to dwell on it prior to boarding, lots of them enjoy finding out more about the RMS Titanic, which departed from the city on her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912. Discover more at the fascinating SeaCity Museum.
There is a good selection of hotels to choose between. Good-value budget hotels are in abundance, with many of the well-known low-cost chains operating in handy locations. Elsewhere, a handful of historic hotels will take you on a journey back in time (with thoroughly modern facilities), and the city’s top-class luxury hotels offer the perfect opportunity to splash out and spoil yourselves.
A number of the cheaper chain hotels are at road-side locations on the outskirts of Southampton, so be sure to check a map if you want to stay centrally – this is certainly the best route to easy sightseeing. You can’t go wrong with a hotel close to Southampton harbour.
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Step into the maritime past of Great Britain at some of Southampton’s top attractions…
This vast and thoroughly absorbing museum charts the lives of the people who shaped Southampton, and is home to plenty of information on the Titanic disaster.
Tudor House and Garden
Visit an imposing, timber-framed 15th-century house in Southampton’s Old Town. Lots of hands-on learning will appeal to young families.
City Art Gallery
Located in the city’s Civic Centre, this gallery boasts an impressive 3,500 works of art spanning 600 years of history.
An award-winning motor museum that manages to appeal to all the family, Beaulieu is also home to the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles. The museum is 25 minutes by road from central Southampton.
New Forest National Park
One of the classic English national parks, take a picnic and claim your own little corner of more than 200 square miles of woodland. The park borders are just minutes from Southampton.
The annual events calendar in Southampton continues the maritime theme. Will you attend one of these three favourites?
Maritime Festival; May: Docks are open to the public for this two-day heritage event, which displays vintage vessels and features diving exhibitions and a flypast as Southampton relives the spirit of years gone by.
HMS Sultan Summer Show; June: The city’s naval base opens its doors for a weekend of family fun with displays, games and a wealth of entertainment.
Southampton Kite Festival; June: The skies of the city are taken over by a dazzling display of kites at Lordshill Recreation Ground. The skill of some of the kite-flying veterans is mesmerising, and kids are encouraged to have a go.