Southampton is a university and port city which combines a working harbour with lively nightlife and plenty of galleries and cafes to explore.
Southampton enjoys a southerly location and is also sheltered by hills from the wind and weather. This makes it sunnier and warmer than most UK cities throughout the year; ideal for a summer holiday in the UK. This region of the UK is renowned for its music festivals, which include Bestival each September on the Isle of Wight, the Common People Festival in May. Cowes week takes place in August, lasts for eight days and is the oldest regatta in the world.
It is worthwhile planning which sights in Southampton you are going to visit before you depart, so that you can create the perfect holiday schedule. Places of interest include the City Sea Museum and the Southampton City Art Gallery for example. It is also worth bearing in mind that whilst prices in Southampton are average for the UK as a whole, they are around 10% cheaper than in London. So a pint of beer, for example, will cost around £3.
Southampton is very well connected to the rest of the UK. Trains to London Waterloo will take around 70 minutes and a train to Winchester will take around 10 minutes. There are also bus connections from Southampton Airport Parkway to the city centre: these buses take just 7 minutes to reach the central Southampton. The bus is also a good way to get around the city centre itself; an adult single ticket is priced at about £1.50. If you are planning on doing a lot of bus travel, it might be worthwhile purchasing a day pass for £3.20 or so. The Isle of Wight is a very popular tourist destination, and it can be reached by ferry from Southampton. This ferry costs around £9 for a one way trip as a foot passenger.