The major historic port city of Southampton is known as the cruise capital of the UK - but it’s worth sticking around and exploring as a destination on its own merits too. More than four million people flock to the South Coast each year to sample this maritime metropolis with its rich culture, award-winning parks and fantastic shopping.
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Southampton is the largest city in the beautiful, historic county of Hampshire, and archaeologists believe it’s been inhabited since the Stone Age. Today, the Southern English gem is a popular holiday destination and fast on track to becoming a bustling hotpot of cultural entertainment, especially with its newly constructed Cultural Quarter. The city offers up a smorgasbord of entertainment to keep you occupied, and there's plenty to do for seafarers and landlubbers alike. Southampton is a city with greatly diverse attractions: historic town walls, a shining waterfront and exuberant nightlife. Spend your days appreciating the scenery or enjoying attractions such as the Marwell Zoo and the Exbury Gardens. In the evening, why not take in a play at one of the city’s excellent theatres, before ending the night with a well-deserved drink at a lively bar. Southampton is a football-loving city, so if sport is your thing you’ll want to catch a Southampton FC game at St Mary’s Stadium.
With its reputation as a student city, it won’t surprise you to find out that that this coastal holiday spot comes into its own at night! Before making your way to the bars and clubs, fill yourself up at one of the charming dining establishments in the city centre. Bedford Place makes for a good starting point with its old-world feel and long lines of restaurants encompassing a great range of world cuisines. Milan, an authentic Italian eatery in the heart of Bedford Place, serves up irresistibly delicious pizza and pasta dishes. After dinner, take a stroll over to Portswood where you can quench your thirst in The Hobbit or locally favoured jazz bar The Shooting Star.
Fans of commercial and characterful shopping experiences alike will find plenty of options to suit their tastes in Southampton. If you’re looking for a large shopping centre, you’ll want to check out The Marlands and WestQuay, both of which have a comprehensive range of high-street brands. There are also plenty of eating establishments at the shopping centres, making it nice and convenient to take a lunch break when you’re tired of browsing. For quirkier shoppers, there’s an Arts & Crafts Market and the Bargate Friday and Saturday Markets, where you can find gorgeous crafts, sensational local produce, and unique clothes and accessories.
Ideal for families, the Marwell Zoo, located just under 8 miles from the city centre, is home to over 1,200 animals and attracts over half a million visitors annually. If you prefer your attractions a little greener, take the short trip to the Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway for a peaceful stroll through one of the country's most impressive woodland gardens. The legacy of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, it was his vision and passion for horticulture that saw these gardens become the magnificent example of botany they are today. Treat yourself to a trip on the steam railway that runs around the perimeter of the park. You’ll also want to sample Southampton’s ample offering of theatrical entertainment. The Mayflower boasts of being the largest theatre in the south of England and is a hotspot for touring West End productions.
Southampton Airport is located in the Borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, a handy 3.5 miles from Southampton itself. This short distance means getting to and from the airport is a breeze.
IATA code: SOU
Name: Southampton Airport
Address: Southampton Airport, SO18 2NL
Telephone: +44(0)844 481 7777
Parking at Southampton Airport is safe, secure and reasonably priced. You can use a Short Stay car park for around £10 a day, Long Stay from £5.75, and Priority Parking from £12. Both the Short Stay and Priority car parks are manned by attendants 24 hours a day. You can pre-book online with us: http://parking.flybe.com
You can travel to and from Southampton Airport by bus, coach, train and bike. The train to the city centre from Southampton Airport Parkway station is only 7 minutes, so it couldn’t be easier to get your holiday started. There are also excellent links to and from London, with 50 trains running every day.
Taxis at Southampton Airport are operated by Checker Cars, and are available 24 hours. The taxi desk is located in the main concourse, near the arrivals exit, and you can pay your taxi fare there.
Various big-name car rental companies operate from Southampton Airport. The Car Rental Reception Centre is situated next to the Short Stay car park. Make an advance booking with your company of choice to take advantage of the best rates and offers.