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Day trips from Southampton

May 25, 2011  To answer the what should I do forum questions.
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Southampton is a good base for visiting other parts of the South of England, here is a selection of places that can easily be reached by train or car

  • 1. Southampton
    Southampton, Hampshire

    While Southampton is not a major tourism destination it does have a stretch of Medieval city walls, several historic buildings, Maritime & aviation museums, art gallery, large shopping centre, cinemas, live theatre and other entertainment venues

  • 2. Winchester

    Winchester is a pretty, small city close to Southampton (15 minutes) with many interesting tourist sites close to the town centre. These include the Cathedral, Great hall (with Round table), Wichester college, St Cross alms house, and several museums.

  • 3. New Forest

    Despite the name the forest is actually a thousand years old and while parts are wooded much is open moorland!
    If exploring by car get off the main roads and explore the minor lanes remembering the 40mph speed limit and the wild ponies wandering along the road.
    If you don't have a car take the train to Brockenhurst (15 min) and catch the New Forest tour bus or rent a bicycle.
    Within the forest are several major tourist attractions including the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Exbury gardens, Bucklers Hard, Longdown activity farm, Wildlife centre and more.

  • 4. London
    London, England

    London with it's myriad of tourist attractions is less than an hour and half by train from Southampton Central station.
    Plan journeys at www.nationalrail.co.uk , you may get a cheaper fare at Mega train uk.megabus.com but times may not be convenient

  • 5. Salisbury and Stonehenge
    Salisbury, Wiltshire

    A historic market town just half an hour by train from Southampton.
    Cathedral with Britain's tallest spire in the city centre.
    The Stonehenge tour bus leaves from the train station and goes to Stonehenge and Old Sarum. Some people find Stonehenge disappointing but it is an iconic site, Old Sarum is less well known but it is well worth seeing

  • 6. Isle of Wight
    Isle of Wight, England

    Half an hour from Southampton by Red Jet fast ferry (redfunnel.co.uk) gets you to Cowes IOW, home of the famous sailing regatta. Local buses (some open-top) can take you to the islands attractions including Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne house and the Needles

  • 7. Bournemouth
    Bournemouth, Dorset

    A traditional English seaside resort with miles of seafront to walk between Hengistbury head and the millionaires mansions on Sandbanks. The BIC and Pavilion theatres host concerts and other events.

  • 8. Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World
    Paultons Park, Romsey, Hampshire

    Southampton's local theme park, it is geared more to younger children than to thrill seeking teenagers. There are only a few big thrill rides with more rides suitable for younger children including the new Peppa Pig World.
    Bus X7 (X71 sunday) from Southampton

  • 9. Marwell Wildlife
    Marwell Zoo, Winchester, Hampshire

    A fairly small zoo in the countryside between Winchester and Southampton.
    Buses run to the zoo from Eastleigh station on weekends and holidays between April and September,

  • 10. Portsmouth
    Portsmouth, Hampshire

    Portsmouth is about half hour by car (hour by train) from Southampton.
    It is a working port city but has many tourist attractions. The principal attraction is the Historic Dockyard with HMS Victory, Warrior and Mary Rose. Also worth seeing are the Spinnaker tower, Southsea castle, D-day museum and more...

  • 11. Brighton

    A famous seaside resort, nearly two hours by train. Sights include the Royal Pavilion, pier, seafront and the shops in the Lanes. It also home to the worlds oldest operating electric railway.

  • 12. Romsey

    Romsey is a small town 10 minutes from Southampton, it has a Norman abbey, King John's house and the large Broadlands estate home of the Mountbatten family. Shows and concerts are held in the grounds. Open days are Monday to Friday from late June to early September, from 1pm to 5.30pm. Last admission 4pm.
    Hillier gardens are a couple of miles from Romsey.

  • 13. Oxford
    Oxford, Oxfordshire

    The famous university city is an hour and half north of Southampton.
    As well as touring the University colleges and museum you can also book a tour of the Mini Car plant

  • 14. Bath
    Bath, Somerset

    Well-known for its Georgian architecture, Roman baths and the modern spa Bath is about an hour and half west of Southampton.

  • 15. Chichester
    Chichester, West Sussex

    About an hour from Southampton Chichester is a small city with Cathedral in the town centre. Fishbourne Roman palace, Gooodwod house (and racecourse) and Weald and Downland Open Air Museum are a few miles out of town.

  • 16. Watercress line

    Steam railway line running between Alresford and Alton.
    Bus 67 from Winchester bus station to Alresford

  • 17. Coliseum Coaches Day trips

    Coliseum Coaches run a large selection of day trips from Southampton.
    Pickup is from Titanic Memorial opposite the Cenotaph, Above Bar Street, Southampton
    For longer duration coach trips see Angela Holidays