The city of Southampton in England is very well known as the port entry to the country and the pit-stop to London. However, Southampton has its own charms and excitement and should not be overlooked. One can find all manner of amusement and entertainment here from sports to theater, from gardens to history.
Stroll around the city and take in some of the beautiful and historic buildings such as the London Hotel.
The first stop should be at the SeaCity Museum. This former police station and magistrate’s court opened on the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the Titanic from the port here. There is a large Titanic Experience exhibit as well as other items on display.
The city also has a rich aviation history as well, including being the home for the company that designed the Spitfire fighting plane from World War 2. That company, Supermarine, also won great success and renown for seaplane races in the Schneider Trophy competitions between 1913 and 1931. Aviation buffs will also be excited to see a de Havilland Vampire, a Slingsby Grasshopper training glider, a Short Sandringham flying boat and a Folland Gnat at the Solent Sky Museum.
If theater is your idea of entertainment, take in a performance at the Mayflower Theater. It has operated under many names previously, most notably the Gaumont. At that time period it was mainly a venue for live music and hosted such performers as Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. Today’s performances mainly showcase musical and other live theater.
For a dose of a different kind of history, visit the Tudor House and Gardens to learn more of what life was like during that period of time.
Southampton also boasts numerous gardens to wander through and enjoy. One of the most popular is Sir Henry Hilliard’s Garden. It’s especially breathtaking in the fall when all leaves are turning colors.
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