Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere borne from centuries of international trade, Southampton is one of the UK’s leading ports and liveliest cities, combining medieval walls and buildings, modern shopping and entertainment complexes, marinas, culture and nightlife. Explore the city’s rich culture and long history and try the wide range of leisure activities in the surrounding countryside before relaxing to recount the day in one of Southampton’s many harbour-side restaurants, cafés and bars.
The city has witnessed the departure of the Mayflower for the New World, the building of the first submarine, the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic and the creation of the spitfire fighter plane. To celebrate its nautical tradition, the city hosts some of the world’s most prestigious maritime events, drawing hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe to witness the vast array of colourful crafts on Southampton water. Today, it is recognised as the country’s main destination and departure point for the world’s great cruise liners with a constant stream of vast, luxurious floating palaces dashing through the city’s skyline at all times of day and night.Read More