Southampton: Europe's cruise capital
Southampton is a cultural hub, known for its art galleries, museums and cruises. In close proximity to the New Forest, Isle of Wight, the Solent Breezes and Calshot Beaches, this city is the perfect holiday destination.
Ideal travel seasons
Being in a southern location and sheltered by hills, Southampton is significantly warmer and sunnier than other UK cities.
The Bestival event on the Isle of Wight occurs in September, and the Common People Festival begins in May. The Soundclash Festival is also held in May, and the Beer Festival occurs during the months of May and June. In July the city enjoys the Southampton Mela. For 8 days in August visitors can witness Cowes Week is held. This is the oldest regatta in the World. A visit in September enables visitors and locals to enjoy the International Boat Show.
Southampton pre-travel advice
The Sea City Museum is a great place to visit in order to learn about Southampton's seafaring history. Famous sights include Tudor House and the Southampton City Art Gallery.
Southampton prices are average for the UK, although on average costs are around 10% cheaper than they are in London. A cheap restaurant meal can cost around £12 and a pint of beer costs in the region of £3.
Trains run from Southampton airport Parkway to the city centre and take around 7 minutes to complete the journey. Fares cost approximately £4. The U1C bus also travels to central Southampton, costing around £2. It is also easy to get from Southampton to other parts of the UK: trains to Winchester take around 10 minutes, and it is only 70 minutes to London Waterloo Station. Several tourist information points are scattered throughout the city.