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Southampton is host to over four million visitors a year, and that is just counting those who arrive by boat. That being said, Southampton is a large and beautiful city that has enough room for everyone who wants to visit. We highly recommend that visitors of all shapes and sizes come to explore the beautiful offerings of this cultural city.
Whether you are coming by land or sea, we recommend that you explore the beautiful parks, museums, music venues and more that have made this city such a popular one with tourists from abroad and those who are from nearby looking for a quick city break. You’ll never be short of things to do here.
In the center of Southampton is old town, which is the oldest part of the city, obviously, but perhaps lesser known this is still a prime area for culture, nightlife, and more. Be sure to find one of the trendy boutique hotels in this area so that you can remain in the thick of the action, as you’ll be staying next door to some of the best museums and downtown attractions of Southampton.
Just like the Old Town, the cultural quarter is very aptly named as the site of the city’s best cultural landmarks, and is very much the beating heart of the city. The recent restoration of Guildhall Square, as well as the addition of the Sea City Museum have just been the latest things that have added to the richness of the city’s proud maritime history. We highly recommend a bed and breakfast in this area or possibly one of the new boutique hotels that have recently popped up in this area as one of the better places by which you can explore this wonderful neighborhood.
Southampton is one of better cities we’ve visited for the sheer amount of things to do here. There are plenty of museums suited to people young and old that we’ve loved to explore, including the Solent Sky Museum, the SeaCity museum, and the Southampton City Art Gallery, just to name a few. All of them are relatively new and hold impressive collections that will stun and wow anyone who sees them.
Those who are looking for more of a thrill perhaps will find that there are plenty of outdoor thrilling experiences offered, such as Go Ape Southampton, which is a park that combines ziplining, high ropes courses, and more to make sure that you’re keeping your adrenaline high all day long.
Southampton is also well-known for its theater scene. We highly recommend catching a show while you’re in town at either the Mayflower theatre or the Brook Theater, which is one of the best venues to see live music. Southampton has quite a few bands and a very lively nightlife tradition that ensures that whenever you visit, you’ll be sure to encounter fresh talent and new musical energy. Who knows, the band that is playing a Wednesday night downtown may headline at the O2 in a year or two!
The summer months are the best time to visit Southampton although we would discourage people from visiting in the fall as that is the wettest time of year for this city. The spring is generally warm and good, but watch out for rainfall in May.
We don’t recommend that people visit in the winter, as the weather can be particularly cold and there is a high chance for heavy rainfall. In all cases, we highly recommend packing a light jacket, as the breeze near the water can be quite strong. Also, an umbrella for unexpected rainfall is always a good thing!