It's just a pity that the southampton forum page is not used very much.
I am originally from Southampton and everytime I go on this forum, its dead. Not many questions being asked about it at all. shame.
It is a shame, I often pop on as I live here and know a fair bit about the area. Thought it might become busier as the port is attracting a lot of people now who often spend some time here either side of their trip.
We will be starting our cruise celebrating our 40th anniversary in Southampton. I wanted to know what I could visit in your estimation for a day or two before we started our cruise. Isee places to stay but any that would be recommended by this forum.
First of all congratulations on your anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful time.
Secondly, if you've got a couple of days in Southampton then I recommend the following:
Walk the Southampton Walls. The city is home to the second longest medieval walls in England that are still standing. Along the way you can visit buildings and museums such as the Bargate, Tudor House, The Maritime Museum, God’s House Tower.
Southampton is also good for a day of shopping. West Quay is home to over 100 shops including major shops such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencers (I seriously recommend a visit to the food section in there!).
Depending what days you are here, it might be worth taking in a sporting event. Southampton Football Club (Soccer) are currently in the middle of their season so it might be worth catching a game.
For fixtures see their website www.saintsfc.co.uk
or you might want to attend the theatre.
You can check whats on from their website:
As for hotels, it depends on your budget. The best hotel is the 5* Grand Harbour part of the De Vere hotels.
Personally I recommend the Blue Keys Hotel which is located just outside the City Centre (10 mins walk).
Don't forget the Dolphin Hotel in the High Street. As it says on it's plaque, Jane Austen danced there on her 18th birthday. It's completely eccentric. You will love it.
Most famously, it's full of semi-wild ponies, running free (often on the road). From Southampton you cant ake the train to Brockenhurst, in the middle of the forest (that is about 15 mins away) or to Lymington, a lovely seaside town on the edge of the forest.
What kind of interests do you have? we might be able to help point you in a direction of a certain place of interest.
Well I'm visiting this site! I'm looking for information on lodging. I'm leaning towards a B&B as they might be more reasonable in price. I'll be in Southampton for one night for a cruise. Can anyone recommend a good budget hotel or B&B? Thanks!
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