A large coastal city and major port on the edge of the New Forest, just 70 miles south of London sits Southampton. Although it’s often associated with the sea thanks to its extensive maritime connections, it’s actually situated on the estuary heading out towards The Solent and English Channel. Its heritage and prominence as a port city are evident in its list of tourist attractions and landmarks – notably the SeaCity Museum, which features an interactive model of the Titanic, which set sail from the city on its fateful trip in 1912.
Southampton city is home to a great variety of other attractions and sights for visitors including Tudor House and Garden, Solent Sky Museum and Southampton Football Club. It’s also home to a number of blue chip and prominent company headquarters including BBC South, Ordnance Survey and B&Q. Its location is particularly attractive thanks to its closeness to the capital city and nearby Portsmouth. Transport links are great with fast trains from Southampton Central and a short hop to the Isle of Wight across the Solent via ferry or catamaran.
Just south of the Southampton city centre is the stunning Ocean Village which sits at the mouth of the River Itchen. The purpose built development is ideal for business and leisure, a picturesque waterside haven which also plays host to round-the-world yacht races. Cafes, restaurants and shopping centres can be found readily throughout the area – ensuring you’re never too far from a fabulous place to eat and drink. The West Quay Shopping Centre sits at the heart of Castle Way, and a good mix of national shopping chains can be found in the surrounding streets.
Southampton’s proximity to the unspoilt New Forest National Park opens up opportunities to enjoy and explore the extensive nature reserves and wildlife associated with the area. The park itself hosts a range of activities including canoeing, kayaking and archery.
Our selection of Southampton venues includes a diverse mix of locations including the Solent Conference Centre, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton and not forgetting the awe-inspiring waterside Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa.