|Things To Do
||Old City Walls, God's House Tower, Medieval Merchants House, Maritime Museum, Aviation Museum, Titanic Trail, New Forest
Jane Austen Trail
New Forest Ponies
From medieval times, Southamptonís port has been
an thriving center for the transport of goods between
England and the continent. To defend the important
trading post, Edward III ordered the building of extensive
walls to encircle the city and its port.
In Tudor times, the city was an important ship
building center. HMS Grace Dieu, Henry Vís fleet-
heading warship was built in the cityís shipyards in the
In 1640 the Pilgrim fathers departed on their famous
migration to North America from the cityís port.
Southampton became famous in the twentieth
century as the UK's main departure port for migrants
heading to America. Southamptonís Eastern Docks saw
perhaps the cityís biggest moment in history. In 1912
RMS Titanic departed from White Star Dock on its
maiden voyage. When the ship sunk, 500 of the 1500
lives lost were crew whose home was Southampton, and
the city descended into a long period of mourning.
But in 1939 the first Pan Am passenger flight across
the Atlantic Ocean heralded the end of the magnificent
Throughout World War II the city suffered an
onslaught of German bombing raids aimed to destroy the
docks. A period of extensive reconstruction followed the
Thereís lots of interesting things to do in
Visit the largest part of Old Town remaining, Bargate.
The building is a great place to start the tour of the city's
walls. Stop at the wall's towers, the remains of the castle,
the West Gate, the remains of the old friary and God's
House Tower where you'll find is home to the local
Archaeological Museum. Other interesting buildings are
the fully restored Medieval Merchants House, the
Maritime Museum located in the old Wool House and the
steeped-in-history Tudor House museum with its pretty
Check out the Aviation Museum, which includes
exhibits showcasing the work of RJ Mitchell, the brilliant
designer of the Supermarine Spitfire, the plane pivotal to
fighting off the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.
Follow the Titanic trail, which links memorials and
places connected to the Titanic. The trail commences at
the Musician's Memorial and stops at the Maritime
Museum, located in the Wool House at Town Quay.
Literary types will enjoy the the Jane Austen Walking
Trail, which visits the places associated with the famous
writer, who had a home in the city.
Or make a trip out to the New Forest, a wide area of
common pasture and heathland, complete with its
Why in 100 Best?
In large parts not a particular attractive city (World War 2
saw to that) but some very interesting historical locations.
Anything you'd like to say about Southampton?
Listing contributed by Andy
Tags cites, city, city breaks, city holidays, city vacations
Disclaimer 100 Best Everything does not guarantee the accuracy of any listing. Please report offensive listings for removal.