Rich in culture, arts and entertainment

Southampton is a port city on the south coast and is known as the cruise capital of Europe.The city has an important maritime and aviation history - the Mayflower sailed from Southampton taking settlers to the New World of America, and the Titanic embarked from Southampton on it's maiden voyage in 1912, with 500 Southampton residents on board. Some of the first flying boats were based in Southampton and the Spitfire had its maiden flight from what is now Southampton Airport.

The city hosts more than four million visitors a year and offers attractions from museums, music venues and art galleries, to award winning parks and fantastic shopping and leisure.

Whatever the weather, there are many indoor and outdoor options to choose from. Southampton has award winning parks, galleries and museums, music and comedy events, and more. Take part in a guided tour of the Old Town and discover the city's rich history, including the Titanic Walk, the Jane Austen Trail and QE2 mile.

Southampton is one of the top 10 retail destinations in the UK, with two indoor shopping centres, a retail park and boutique stores.  Westquay has over 100 big brand name stores, bringing fashion, beauty and home to one location. There's also plenty of restaurants offering a wide choice of food and drink, from cosy pubs to fine dining.

There are a range of markets taking place across the week, with stalls selling antiques, arts and crafts, vintage accessories, jewellry, food and more.

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