Southampton is located at a strategic confluence of rivers in Hampshire, about 100 km south-west of London and 30 km north-west of Portsmouth. Visitors on cheap holidays to Southampton can enjoy the Maritime Museum, Museum of Archaeology, a wide array of shopping opportunities and lively nightlife. Book your travel package to Southampton with Direct Flights today.
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
The ancient Romans founded Southampton, selecting its location on the southern English coast because of its strategic importance. The city began as a seaport and life there has always revolved around shipping and the sea: 2,000 years after its founding, Southampton is still a major British shipping centre and maritime port. Today the city's docks are lined with cruise ships, with more than 240 coming and going every year. Southampton is also the port from which the Mayflower and its Pilgrim passengers set sail for the New World in 1620, the port where the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic began in 1912, and the starting point for the much more successful maiden voyage of Cunard's luxury line RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
Southampton is located at a strategic confluence of rivers in Hampshire, about 100 km south-west of London and 30 km north-west of Portsmouth. The city has been a target for foreign armies and pirates almost from the beginning, and city walls and Norman fortifications from almost 1,000 years ago remain even today.
It's difficult to overemphasise Southampton's strong ties with the ocean, but there are plenty of things on dry land awaiting visitors on holidays to Southampton. Many of the sights that make discount travel to Southampton so appealing have a nautical theme: one of the foremost is the Maritime Museum that showcases the city's long, distinguished history as a seaport and includes exhibits on the Mayflower, the Titanic and the Queen Mary. Southampton's Museum of Archaeology, situated on old city walls from the 13th century, portrays life in Southampton as it was during prehistoric, Roman, Saxon and Mediaeval times. If you’re ready for a holiday, Southampton is the place to go and Direct Flights can help you get there. Direct Flights books cheap flights to Southampton and discount accommodation in Southampton.
Southampton also played a pioneering role in the development of aviation: the world's first seaplane was built there, and it was also the birthplace of the feisty British Spitfire fighter plane of World War II fame. Solent Sky (the Hall of Aviation) portrays Southampton's crucial role in aviation history. Southampton offers arts, culture and shopping too, with notable art galleries and theatres in the city centre and shops offering the latest fashions.
Southampton dishes out maritime history, arts and culture, a wide array of shopping opportunities and a lively nightlife to visitors on Southampton travel packages. The Southampton City Art Gallery, housed in an elegant Art Deco building in Southampton's Cultural Quarter, displays European art spanning six centuries and features an especially strong collection of 20th-century British art. Visitors with Southampton travel packages can use their accommodation in Southampton for day trips in the surrounding region: Winchester and its famed 7th century cathedral is only 20 km away, and south of Southampton across the Solent is the Isle of Wight and its historic sites, music festivals and unspoilt scenery.
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