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Overview of Southampton

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.

Attractions around Southampton

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.

Travel to and from Southampton Airport

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