Dive into the city’s marine history
The tragic maiden voyage of world-famed HMS Titanic started in Southampton’s port. The SeaCity Museum near Watts Park is a must-see for anyone interested in the ship’s story and maritime history of England. It’s filled with interactive displays and even features replicas of the Titanic’s interiors for you to enjoy. If you fancy seeing how inhabitants of the city lived during the Tudor times, take a short walk towards the waterfront and you’ll find yourself in Southampton’s historical district right behind the still-standing Old Wall. There, you can visit Tudor House – a restored Tudor mansion with remains of a 12th century Norman home. Not far from this gem, you will find the Medieval Merchant’s House and its restored innards that show what life looked like in 14th century Southampton. To catch some fresh air after, head town to the Ocean Village and relax by the marina with some food in one of the nearby waterfront eateries.
Venture out into coastal nature and more
Southampton’s coastal location and the fantastic road network surrounding the city, make it a great hub for setting out on day trips from. Enjoy a walk through the 440 acres of parkland and down the course of River Itchen in Itchen Valley Country Park, or see over 170 exotic and endangered animals in Marwell Zoo. If you love unscathed nature, you simply must visit New Forest National Park, created in 1079 by William I the Conqueror as royal hunting grounds. Its pink-flowered heathland stretches over rolling hills for miles and the ancient forest makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. It’s famous for its free-roaming wild horses that you will surely come across during a drive or hike on the seemingly endless trails. For car lovers, the south-eastern part of New Forest is home to the Beaulieu National Motor Museum – a display of over 250 vehicles and the World of Top Gear, where fans of the show can see iconic vehicles from the TV show.