Cheap flights from Manchester to Southampton

With a strong maritime heritage, Southampton has been an important port since the Roman occupation of Britain nearly 2,000 years ago. With excellent shopping, a diverse dining scene and a broad cultural calendar that includes some of the world’s most prestigious events in the maritime world, Southampton is a buzzing city to visit.

Southampton is also the perfect jumping off point to explore the otherworldly New Forest, the beautiful Hampshire coast and countryside, and the laidback Isle of Wight. If you’re planning a cruise from Southampton, get your trip off to a great start and book cheap flights from Manchester to Southampton with Flybe. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, check out our flights from Manchester to Southampton today.

Flybe's Top 3 Recommendations for Southampton

Seacity in Southampton

SeaCity Museum

To really get a good introduction to this nautical city, we recommend you visit the SeaCity Museum once you’ve arrived on your flights to Southampton from Manchester Airport. Housed within a modern and striking architectural addition to the 1930s civic centre building, it allows visitors to trace the story of the Titanic which left from Berth 44 of the White Star Dock in April 1912 bound for its fateful end. While the tragedy of the Titanic rocked the nation, it hit the population of Southampton particularly hard, where more than 500 households lost a family member. Learn all about the jobs of the populous crew onboard and check out the interactive large-scale model of the ship. Other exhibits explore wartime Southampton, the working docks, and the glamorous life on the world’s great ocean liners during the golden age of the cruise.


Tudor House in Southampton

Tudor House and Garden

Step off your Manchester to Southampton flight and step back in time to Tudor House, which packs 800 years of fascinating history into its ancient walls. Located in the heart of the Old Town, the timber-framed house was built in the 15th Century and belonged to maritime traders in the late 1500s when Southampton was a hub for ship owners and pirates. It is home to rare and unusual artefacts from this time and an intriguing collection of early 17th Century graffiti discovered on walls during recent restoration work. Delve further into Southampton’s heritage by doing the Old Town walk, which follows the Medieval walls that surround this ancient part of the city and offers beautiful views across the port. A guide to the walk is available from the Tudor House shop, but you can also find panels guiding you around the Old Town’s encircling walls as you explore.

WestQuay in Southampton

Shopping in Southampton

Southampton is one of the leading shopping destinations on the south coast. The WestQuay shopping complex is packed with all the big brands as well as cinemas, cafés and restaurants. Wander along Above Bar Street in the city centre to find well-known brands and the best of the local independent boutiques. You can also browse other local stores on Bedford Place and East Street. If you happen to time your flights from Manchester to Southampton Airport over a weekend, check out the bustling markets that take place every Friday and Saturday around the Medieval Bargate Monument. You’ll also find a small number of shops at the marina development, Ocean Village, though this is also a great place for a post-shopping spree drink or meal. Drop the shopping bags, sit back and watch the yachts go back and forth across the water.

Step Off The Beaten Track in Southampton

Wild Pony in The New Forest

The New Forest

Proclaimed a royal forest by William the Conqueror, the New Forest is one of the largest areas of ancient forest and open heathland in the south east of England. Truly idyllic, you’ll feel you’ve stepped into another world as you explore shady glades, unspoiled woodland, open moors and spectacular cliff top paths. Watch wild ponies and deer roam free and if you want to really get moving, try one of the many activities available including cycling and horse riding. Fly Manchester to Southampton and you’re just a 15-minute drive or short train ride from the New Forest. Make sure you stop off at some of the picturesque towns and villages that dot the region including Brockenhurst, Beaulieu and Lymington where you’ll find cosy accommodation to relax in and restaurants in which to sample the delectable local produce.

Stand up paddleboarding in Southampton

Stand-up Paddleboarding in Milford On Sea

After your Manchester to Southampton flights, how about kicking back and seeing the south coast and New Forest from the water? Head to Milford on Sea and hire a paddleboard, taking in the views of the Isle of Wight across the water and the sights of Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII to defend The Solent from foreign invaders. Taking to a paddleboard is one of the most relaxing ways to while away a day in Southampton. Back on dry land, visit the local award-winning fishmongers and get yourself a table at seafood restaurant Verveine, where the catch of the day is served up super simple and super fresh. The best way to get to this coastal gem is with car hire, which you can easily pick up from Southampton Airport. From there, it’s around a 40-minute drive to Milford On Sea and the beautiful south coast beyond.

The Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

If you’re not stepping aboard a luxury cruise liner following your Manchester to Southampton flights, why not hop on a ferry instead bound for the Isle of Wight?

Located just off the south coast of England, it is famous for its sandy beaches and laid-back vibe. Stroll along the promenades and check out the pretty pastel-hued vintage beach huts, reminiscent of a bygone era. Hunt for fossils and dinosaur remains in Compton Bay and on Yaverland Beach. And don’t miss the island’s most famous attraction, The Needles. These three huge white chalk rocks jutting procession-like out into the sea are guarded by a red and white 19th Century lighthouse. One of the best locations from which to see them is Alum Bay where you can also marvel at the multi-coloured cliffs and sand.  

Drink and Dine in Southampton

Vegan Food in Southampton

Where To Eat in Southampton

Once you’ve arrived on your flights from Manchester to Southampton Airport, topping your to-do list should be working out where to eat. Southampton has upped its game in recent years when it comes to eating out and you’ll now find more diversity than ever. While several Michelin-starred chefs have rolled into town, you can also find plenty of places to eat in Southampton to cover all budgets. The Rockstone is a country style pub in the middle of the city, famous for its gargantuan burgers and legendary sides. For a special occasion, book a table at The Oxford Brasserie on the slick strip that is Oxford Street. They serve modern European classics in cosmopolitan surroundings. For vegan restaurants in Southampton, try Café Thrive for sumptuous salad bowls and superb dairy-free sundaes. Reinventing pie and mash is Piecaramba! – a comic-themed joint serving epic pies with the obligatory mash and gravy, also with vegetarian and vegan options.

Bar in Ocean Village

Where To Drink in Southampton

There is no shortage of places to grab a coffee or something a little stronger in this city. If you’re seeking great coffee in a chic setting after your flights to Southampton from Manchester, head to Café Fumée in the city’s French Quarter. One of the oldest pubs in Southampton, The Duke of Wellington on Bugle Street, is a must-do. Built on Norman vaults in 1220 its blackened timbers have seen many of the city’s historic moments. As day turns to night, 1932 is one of Southampton’s best cocktail bars serving gorgeous concoctions in opulent white marbled surroundings. For a night out by the water check out the stunning marina, Ocean Village, which not only plays host to the yachts and tall ships moored there, but also has a plethora of restaurants and bars from which you can take in the view.


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