About Southampton

SouthamptonView 17-08-05Southampton is on the South Coast of England, approximately 75 miles from South-West London.

Known for being the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton plays host to over four million visitors a year and boasts an impressive cultural offering, from museums, music venues and art galleries, to award winning parks and the general hustle and bustle of a diverse city with fantastic shopping facilities.

Southampton has an exciting and broad history which includes Jane Austen living in the Old Town which still today contains a wealth of historical attractions including the Bargate which was originally built as the main gateway to the medierval city and here you will find the third longest stretch of unbroken medieval defensive walling in England and the Tudor House.

Henry V marched his troops through the Westgate (which still stands today) to sail to France and the battle of Agincourt, the Mayflower sailed from Southampton taking settlers to the New World of America to escape religious oppression in England.

The Titanic embarked from Southampton on its fateful maiden voyage, taking over five hundred Southampton residents who would never return. You can visit the SeaCity Museum to find out ship facts, information on the voyage, life on board and first hand accounts and the aftermath.