Southampton is a large port town with an acclaimed maritime history located on England’s sunnier southern coast. As well as a decorated naval past which saw the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic on its ill-fated journey to New York in 1912, Southampton is also only a short distance away from the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. Visitors to Southampton may also wish to take a day trip to other nearby seaside cities such as Portsmouth and Bournemouth.
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Originally a Stone Age settlement, Southampton enjoys a rich and varied history which is evident in the many historical monuments, attractions and architecture that can be seen across the city. Most famous for its docks and port and once dubbed ‘The Gateway to the World’, the city is especially proud of its naval military past which can be studied further at the Southampton Maritime Museum or the SeaCity Museum. As well as commercial and military shipping Southampton is also known as a large cruise ship port, serving thousands of tourists on voyages to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America each year.
Not only is the Southampton steeped in history but it also is home to a vibrant entertainment scene for lovers of music and the dramatic arts. The city’s Mayflower Theatre is the largest in Southern England outside of London and has hosted numerous West End musicals and shows including Les Miserables and the Rocky Horror Show. As well as modern shows, it also puts on traditional opera and ballet performances by companies such as the Welsh National Opera and the English National Ballet. Popular music acts such as Pink Floyd, Oasis, Coldplay and Amy Winehouse have previously played at the Guidhall and at other smaller music venues such as the Brook and Hampton’s.
Keen shoppers will enjoy the WestQuay Shopping Centre and retail park which is host to a wide variety of high street and department retailers as well as cinemas and cafes. Also in the quayside area are a selection of restaurants and eateries specialising in fresh seafood and fish caught and sourced locally.
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