With all the trappings of a major city
It’s the largest on the south coast – Southampton feels very much the regional capital. Once home to the RMS Titanic (549 Sotonians died when she sank), it’s now the UK’s principle point of embarkation for some of the world’s most luxurious liners. With rich history, magnificent sailing and the attractions of the Isle of Wight just a short ferry trip away, it’s the gateway to a region you’d happily get lost in.
|Time zone:||GMT (Summer GMT+1 hour)|
|Flight Time:||1 hour 5|
|Holiday type:||Beach, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 10.4°C
Rainfall: 805.7mm a year
Grab a rich slice of Anglo-Saxon history by paying homage to the Medieval Walls (and the 12th Century Red Lion Pub which forms part of their structure).
Must eat at:
The award-winning Olive Tree, right in the heart of Southampton’s gastro-hub on Oxford Street, serves up a contemporary mix of Mediterranean favourites... perfect for when the tide is high and the sun is out.
Must be there for:
The Boat Show, in Britain’s boatiest city, is a sight to behold. In 2009, it’ll be held from 11th-20th September where you can expect 1,000 boats on display in one of Europe’s largest purpose-built marinas. Deck shoes not obligatory.
If you like your food authentic, try the local farmers’ market in the area around the Bargate on the second Saturday of the month
Start your tour of Southampton’s more ancient parts upstairs at The Bargate itself – it’s where you’ll find the heritage visitor centre.
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