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Southampton
Southwest of London is Southampton (Soton to the locals), a metropolitan area centered around the port. However, tucked away on the side streets are ancient gems such as the Tudor House, Mottisfont Abbey, and "God's House," a museum located in a tower in the medieval wall. The ultra-modern Sea City Museum celebrates Southampton's seafaring past and the RMS Titanic. Looking for nightlife? Travelers can dance the hours away with bars, clubs, and live music, all accessible by public transportation.

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Solent Sky Museum
Solent Sky Museum
Owner description: Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the surrounding Solent area.Geographically this was the most important area in the... more Owner description: Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the surrounding Solent area.Geographically this was the most important area in the country, perhaps the world, for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late 1960s. 26 aircraft companies set up shop in the area, and many of the world’s greatest aircraft, including the legendary Spitfire, first took to the air in the skies over Southampton.We have 18 complete airframes, including a Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S6a (N248), and also 4 cockpit sections. We also have a comprehensive collection of aero-engines.Our mighty Sandringham Flying Boat was originally built as a Short Sunderland in 1943, and converted to a passenger aircraft after the war. Visitors are welcome to board the aircraft to sample the luxury of air travel in the romantic era of the great flying boats, and guided tours of the flight deck are also available.Kids (and big kids) can also imagine what it would be like to fly a jet fighter while sat in the cockpits of our Supermarine Swift and Harrier Jump Jet. Our new Schneider Trophy Exhibition is now open, with its record-breaking centrepiece the S6a. Video stock footage of these legendary races and artefacts from the time illustrate the drama and romance of the fastest race in history. less
Attraction type: Military Museums; Specialty Museums
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Red Funnel Ferries
Red Funnel Ferries
Owner description: Red Funnel provides car ferries and high speed Red Jet catamarans to the Isle of Wight. Enjoy a mini cruise across the Solent with or without your car on Red Funnel vehicle ferry... more Owner description: Red Funnel provides car ferries and high speed Red Jet catamarans to the Isle of Wight. Enjoy a mini cruise across the Solent with or without your car on Red Funnel vehicle ferry to the port of East Cowes or take the Red Jet catamaran at 37 knots to (west)Cowes - a wonderful Victorian port and the global home of yachting and yacht racing. Both destinations are ideal for a day trip or a short break, and Red Funnel can also book all your accommodation and attraction choices - see our website for more info. less
Attraction type: Ferries
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St Mary's Stadium
St Mary's Stadium
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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SeaCity Museum
SeaCity Museum
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Tudor House and Garden
Tudor House and Garden
Owner description: Tudor House gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages... more Owner description: Tudor House gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Enoteca
Enoteca
Ranked #1 of 803 Restaurants in Southampton
Price: $13 - $38
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, European
Good for: Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Max`s Bar and Brasserie
Max`s Bar and Brasserie
Ranked #2 of 803 Restaurants in Southampton
Price: $4 - $19
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, British, Seafood, European, Wine Bar
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Bacaro
Bacaro
Ranked #3 of 803 Restaurants in Southampton
Price: $13 - $32
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, European
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Quay FIFTEEN
Quay FIFTEEN
Ranked #4 of 803 Restaurants in Southampton
Price: $32 - $44
Cuisines: European, British
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Sulas Greek Taverna
Sulas Greek Taverna
Ranked #5 of 803 Restaurants in Southampton
Price: $5 - $19
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Mayfair Guest House
The Mayfair Guest House
$44 - $91 (£35 - £72)
Ranked #1 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns
Asturias House
4.0 of 5
Asturias House
$38 - $88 (£30 - £70)
Ranked #31 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Blue Keys
3.0 of 5
The Blue Keys
$61 - $97
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Southampton
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Premier Inn Southampton West Quay Hotel
3.0 of 5
Premier Inn Southampton West Quay Hotel
$57 - $116 (£45 - £92)
Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in Southampton
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Hilton at The Ageas Bowl
4.0 of 5
Hilton at The Ageas Bowl
$89 - $260
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Southampton
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Pig in the Wall
5.0 of 5
The Pig in the Wall
$179 - $219
Ranked #3 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns
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Ennios Boutique Hotel
5.0 of 5
Ennios Boutique Hotel
$115 - $139
Ranked #4 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns
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The Regent Guest House
4.0 of 5
The Regent Guest House
$78 - $117
Ranked #5 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.