All you need to know about Southampton

Southampton is one of the most lively and dynamic cities in the south of England. Its position on the south coast makes it an ideal location for people of all interests.

It has a vibrant and varied nightlife, numerous leisure facilities, some of which will be used as training venues for the 2012 Olympics, great heritage attractions, busy marinas, beautiful parks, fantastic places to eat and drink and has first class venues for theatre, opera, music, cinema. There really is something for everyone.

Also Southampton is one of the UK’s greenest cities with several large parks situated within the city.

A little bit of history

Southampton has a rich and varied heritage; The Romans founded Southampton approximately 2,000 years ago as a seaport. It has maintained its role as an importance maritime city ever since. The sea has played a significant part in how it has developed and even today, is integral to the city’s identity.

The port of Southampton will be forever part of our history as it is where the Mayflower set sail for the New World in 1620 and it was also from here that the Titanic began her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912. The city’s museums specialising in maritime, archaeological and aviation history tell the city’s story.


Southampton has always been the place to buy the best. Its superb mix of high quality shopping centres.

WestQuay, IKEA, Mall Marlands and Bargate plus many traditional shops and boutiques together with designer retail spaces has elevated the city into the UK’s top 20 retail destinations. A visionary plan to transform the urban centre is now under way and is set to continue Southampton’s reign as the ‘Emporium of the South’ in the 21st century

Things to do

Entertainment in and around Southampton

The Mayflower Theatre: southampton-fcThe largest theatre in the south which offers you magical evenings with the most spectacular touring musicals – many direct from the West End – plus opera, ballet, and some of the biggest names in popular music and comedy.

The Brook in Portswood: A 600 Capacity live music venue hosting national and international Blues, Rock, R’n’B, Funk, Punk, DJs, Indie and many other things including Tributes.

The Nuffield Theatre: An independent producing theatre located on the University of Southampton campus.

Southampton Guildhall: Multi-purpose venue with high profile musical acts.

Saint Mary’s Stadium , Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium: Home of Southampton FC .

Harbour Lights Picturehouse: An independent cinema overlooking the marina at Ocean Village.

Southampton City Art Gallery: An internationally recognised art gallery, spanning six centuries of European art history.

Millais Gallery: A public art gallery committed to the exhibition of contemporary visual art, located in the city-centre, part of the main Southampton Solent University

The Point, Eastleigh: A community art venue presenting a dazzling programme of dance, theatre, music and cinema.

Marwell Zoological Park (Colden Common near Winchester): Come and see some of the most beautiful and interesting animals in the world. Marwell has 200 different species from tropical frogs to big cats, from little lovebirds to awesome ostrich.

Paultons Park (Ower near Romsey): A great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price.

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