Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast and
is your gateway to the English countryside, historical monuments and of course, London. Visit mysterious Stonehenge, explore the seaside or take a trip into London and see the famous sights.
Now first, although it says (London/Southampton) you should know that London is over 2 hrs away, by coach, from where you will berth. So, make sure you plan.
We start closer to home, or port.
Southampton SeaCity museum; The majority of the museum is taken up with the Titanic history which is done very well. This museum is not an expensive option and an hour or so visit is all you need. It is centrally located within walking distance from the city centre cruise port.
Southampton Town Walls; It is surprising what you learn when you walk the walls and follow the trail. Historically all along the walk guides you and is fascinating. Just over a mile, best to start at the Bargate, however you can start at any point really. Watch out for the medieval wine vaults, medieval churches and also a view of the waterfront where you can see the ships coming and going.
Tudor House and Garden; Lovely museum house that you can walk around. Highly recommended if you want to use up and hour or two and is part of the city wall walk. Entrance fee is £5pp (2017)
Try a trip to one of the lovely villages in the New Forest, maybe Beaulieu and take on the National Motor Museum.
A little further afield you have Portsmouth Harbour. Visit Mary Rose and HMS Victory along with as much of the Naval Dockyard as possible.
If you a looking at a visit to London then I suggest, because of the distance, you book and organised trip.
By Peter Dagnall
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