190. Southampton, United Kingdom

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Why

Southampton, United Kingdom. The town where I always think I should be adding an extra “h” when I write it. If you like to awe at cruise ships then this is the place to see them. It’s also the home of the QE2, Queen Mary 2, the names go on and on. Sometimes the weather is a bit foggy though, so you may not see much :-). But its great to head down there. It is also where you must first get to in order to visit the Isle of Wight.

Southampton, United Kingdom - Old Southampton

Southampton, United Kingdom – Old Southampton

Where

Southampton, United Kingdom is located in the southern part of the United Kingdom with easy access to the English Channel. It’s just west of Portsmouth and Brighton a little further down the coast.

How To Get Here

By Train

Take the trains to Southampton station from any of the London stations. You can use National Rail or Trainline.com to book tickets to Southampton.

Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom - Southampton Central Station

Southampton, United Kingdom – Southampton Central Station

By Bus

Take National Express and MegaBus to Southampton.

Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom - City Link Bus

Southampton, United Kingdom – City Link Bus

By Plane

The nearest major airport is Southampton Airport (SOU). You may also fly into any of the UK major airports though and then take a train to Southampton.

The following airlines serve the Southampton Airport (SOU):

Aer Lingus (EI), aurigny channel islands (GR), BMI Regional (BM), Eastern Airways (T3), flybe. (BE), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL) and Volotea (V7).

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions. Remember they drive on the left here.

By Ferry

No. But the the Red Funnel ferry goes to the nearby Isle of Wight. Journey times is about 55 minutes.

By Cruise Ship

The Port of Southampton is a major cruise ship port, so check with your favorite cruise line for a schedule that suits you.

Southampton, United Kingdom - Cunard Queen Mary 2

Southampton, United Kingdom – Cunard Queen Mary 2

Where To Stay

The major hotel brands are all represented here as well as some local brands. So you won’t have any trouble finding some place to stay.

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

Where To Eat

There are lots of places to get all types of food here. And of course there are local pubs so you can grab a pint. There are some that are close to the port so you can walk outside and watch ships come and go.

 

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

 

What To Do

Watch the ships and have a few pints. You can get a ship schedule here.
Southampton, United Kingdom - Cunard Queen Mary 2

Southampton, United Kingdom – Cunard Queen Mary 2

Southampton, United Kingdom - Dancing Man Brewery

Southampton, United Kingdom – Dancing Man Brewery

There are other things such as museums, theaters and just walking the picturesque city. You can a walk along the Titanic Walk and the QE2 Mile. There’s also an old part of the city that is worthwhile exploring as well.
Southampton, United Kingdom - Old Southampton

Southampton, United Kingdom – Old Southampton

Southampton, United Kingdom - Queen Elizabeth 2 - Anchor

Southampton, United Kingdom – Queen Elizabeth 2 – Anchor

Southampton, United Kingdom

Southampton, United Kingdom

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Check out some tours from Viator.

==>> Lonely Planet has some additional information.

Additional Information

Language: British English

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

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