Attractions and Places to Visit in Southampton
From fabulous art exhibitions at the City Art Gallery, discovering the city’s history at SeaCity Museum or Tudor House and Garden to seeing chart topping bands at Southampton O2 Guildhall, whatever your mood, Southampton has an attraction or activity to delight your senses.
The port of Southampton lies on a peninsula between the mouths of the Rivers Test and Itchen and boasts one of the world's largest natural harbors. Until the 1930s, it was England's busiest port for transatlantic passenger travel, and giant liners like the Queen Mary were built in local shipyards. Hundreds of thousands of emigrants departed the country on ships sailing from here, including the Titanic. It's still a busy port and is a fun place to watch large cruise and cargo ships come and go, especially from the excellent Hythe Ferry service that runs regularly across the Solent, the 20-mile-wide strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland.
Excellent shopping facilities are both in and around the city, one of the best being Westquay, and the city also hosts many cultural events, such as the Southampton International Film Festival. Other popular things to do in Southampton include exploring the New Forest and the Isle of Wight, and nature lovers will also appreciate the city's many green spaces and parks, including the 326-acre Southampton Common. Another area of countryside to visit is nearby Itchen Valley Country Park, a beautiful 440-acre property offering great hiking and biking.