A life by the water
Renowned for a rich maritime heritage, ours is a waterfront city that faces the sea and sits between two rivers, the Test and the Itchen and provides prosperity, employment and a wealth of leisure activities for our communities. While King Henry left the city for Agincourt and the ill-fated Titanic for America, our beautiful marinas, international yachting events, water sports, fishing venues and the world’s biggest cruise ships continue to bring visitors from around the world back to Southampton, year after year.
A shopper's Mecca
Southampton is a shopper’s Mecca. West Quay Shopping Centre is one of the largest retail centres in the UK and home to some of the most fashionable and coveted brand names around. As West Quay continues to grow, other smaller and more individual speciality shopping centres and large department stores help make our city a haven for those in need of retail therapy of the highest order.
A cultured city
We’re a cultured city, that’s a fact. We’ve got history, a collection of great museums that chart it, one of the world’s biggest boat shows, art galleries, theatres, medieval vaults and a fabulous new Cultural Quarter just to begin with. And there’s more; we’re sports mad – from our love of premiership Southampton FC, Hampshire County Cricket Club and the Ageas Bowl to an array of outstanding sports facilities, including Southampton Sports Centre’s athletics track and fields and Alpine Centre.
A vibrant nightlife
We’re proud of our vibrant nightlife, there’s always something to see, hear, do or try for the first time.
We’re a city of music lovers, so it’s no surprise our renowned music venues have drawn performers that we’ve nurtured from their start to real legends of the music world. Add an eclectic mix of fine, international cuisine from any one of a number of great restaurants and eateries and you’ll see why Southampton has something for everyone after dark.
A dream to get from A to B
It was once said that Southampton had the prettiest entrance to a city in the country. You’ll see it as you drive along The Avenue, the magnificent tree-lined route that borders the much-loved green space of Southampton Common and provides access to northerly suburbs and the M3 motorway to London and beyond. In the centre of the south coast road network, with great rail links, an international airport, marinas, ferry and cruise ports and a great public transport system, Southampton is a dream for commuters, visitors and residents to navigate and, of course, to come home to.