Things to do here
Perhaps unfairly characterised as ‘just’ the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton itself is an attractive port city that is also the ideal gateway to discovering the unique charms of the English countryside and the truly gorgeous towns and villages of Hampshire. Nearby attractions include the New Forest, the picturesque cathedral towns of Winchester and Chichester, and the idyllic lanes and fields of the South Downs National Park. Southampton is also the embarkation point for ferries to the Isle of Wight.
- White Star Tavern - Critically acclaimed restaurant serving modern British food and located in the heart of the city’s Oxford Street district.
- Montagu Arms Hotel - This award winning hotel is located in Beaulieu in the New Forest, just 30 minutes from Southampton. Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson is responsible for the Michelin star food at The Terrace Restaurant. Refined English rustic charm at its best.
- The Pig in the wall - An intimate 12-room boutique hotel within Southampton’s medieval walls. Rooms are funky one-offs and there’s an upmarket deli counter. You can also get a free transfer in the hotel’s Land Rover to their sister property in the New Forest.
- Grand Harbour Hotel - This four-star 173 bedroom hotel is located on the waterfront close to the city’s four cruise ship terminals. Refurbished in 2014, it boasts an extensive spa and leisure centre.