A thriving port city filled with rich history and vibrant culture, Southampton is an ideal destination for a city break on England's south coast. From world-class museums, galleries and other fascinating attractions, to exciting shopping opportunities, restaurants, bars and nightlife, there's never a dull moment in this scenic Hampshire city. Choose from a great selection of nearby hotels and get ready to experience the colourful sights and sounds of a day out in Southampton.
Many visitors flock to Southampton in search of bracing salty air and colourful maritime heritage – this is, after all, the port from which the Titanic embarked on its ill-fated voyage, and from which the Pilgrims set sail to the New World on board the Mayflower. Learn more about Southampton's seafaring history and the people and ships which passed through its busy port at the SeaCity Museum, a cutting-edge new facility packed with innovative, interactive displays, or head out on a harbour tour on board the SS Shieldhall, a working heritage steamship.
Southampton's history also extends beyond the sea. Get a glimpse of a bygone age at the Tudor House and Garden, an atmospheric 15th-century dwelling which recounts the stories of its owners over the centuries, or the Medieval Merchant's House, a handsome timber-framed structure dating from the late 13th century and filled with period furnishings. Alternately, stroll through the Old Town and view the sturdy medieval city walls and gatehouses – some of the most complete in the country – or visit the Solent Sky Museum to learn about Southampton's important role in wartime aviation, including the development of the famous Spitfire fighter jet.
For those keen to take in the city's diverse cultural offerings, the Southampton City Art Gallery boasts an impressive collection of works spanning over 800 years, while the Mayflower Theatre hosts an exciting programme of big-name musicals and touring productions. You can also indulge in some outstanding retail therapy in the city's many shopping districts, including the extensive West Quay shopping centre.
Finally, when you've finished exploring for the day, Southampton offers a fabulous assortment of restaurants, bars and clubs, ranging from sophisticated fine dining to cosy, traditional pubs. Sound appealing? Book a Southampton hotel with Marriott today and make the most of your stay in this engaging area.