Top 10 things to see and do in and around Southampton
TOP 10 Things to do in and around Southampton
If you are going on a cruise from Southampton it is a great idea to stay a few days pre or post cruise. There is a good choice of quality Hotels ranging from ones near the cruise port & town centre to country house hotels nearby. We can advise the best one for you.
1. New Forest is a beautiful national park with lots to do. William the Conqueror named this area in 1079 his ’new hunting forest’ there are museums, award winning gardens, plenty of leisure facilities and wildlife parks. It includes 193,000 acres of heath land and woodland, there is a 143 mile long track which is a perfect for long walks cycling, and horse riding but you can also enjoy the area on one of the open top hop on hop off bus tours. You may get to see one of the 3,000 famous New Forest ponies. I grew up near the New Forest and have a special place in my heart for it, definitely a must see place. (www.thenewforest.co.uk)
2. Beaulieu Motor Museum is a fabulous day out there are over 250 vintage, veteran and classic cars this world-famous National Motor Museum has from some of the earliest examples of motoring. (www.beaulieu.co.uk)
3. QEII Mile is the most visited part of the city. It runs through the heart of Southampton from the Cenotaph down to the waterfront at Town Quay. There are 11 pairs of plaques that mark key events in history. It links the city’s parks and gardens, new cultural quarter, and shops you will also find many historical features, including Holy Rood church that was bombed in the war, at the end of the mile is the SeaCity Museum, telling the story of Southampton’s historic connections with Titanic and the sea. (www.seacitymuseum.co.uk)
4. Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower is the tallest viewing tower in Britain it overlooks the harbour and beyond it stands 170 metres high. There are 3 viewing decks and a floor-to-ceiling windows and glass floor with breath-taking views and the feeling of walking on air you can also get a free audio set. Refreshments are available at the Cafe in the Clouds. The award winning Blue Reef Aquarium provides an undersea safari through the oceans of the world. The Historic dockyard is also well worth a visit.
5. Beaches - Southsea beach has a picturesque stretch of coastline with some iconic attractions and heritage landmarks Bournemouth and Sandbanks have in my opinion the best beaches in the UK long stretches of golden sand. At Sandbanks you can take a short ferry to Swanage, enjoy the beach on the other side of the ferry with its famous sand dunes.
6. Watercress line Steam train - The Watercress Line is part of the old British Railways secondary route from Alton, enjoy mile after mile of the beautiful Hampshire countryside, food and refreshments are available. You join the train at Alresford, Station Road, SO24 9JG. (www.watercressline.co.uk)
7. Winchester Cathedral has over 1000 years of history with 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and incredible architecture and a Jane Austen exhibition. You can take a guided tour and hear about the events that have shaped our nation. (www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk)
8. Solent Sky Museum - If you like the history of aviation this is the place or you, there are many historic exhibits here including the Tiger Moth and Spitfire. (www.spitfireonline.co.uk/index2.html)
9. Royal Navy Submarine museum, Gosport. Visit a real submarine and learn about the history and life under the waves. You can look through a periscope and explore the Holland 1, the Royal Navy’s first submarine launched in 1901. (www.submarine-museum.co.uk)
10. Shopping - Southampton is a great place for Shopping one of the main areas is West Quay shopping which is in the middle of the QEII mile.
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