Whether you are visiting the city for a conference, event or as a tourist on a short break, keen to delve into our rich heritage, or visiting on business with a few hours to spare, or in fact as a local resident wanting to explore further, Southampton offers a vibrant, cultural experience for all. The city warmly welcomes you and looks forward to your visit.
Southampton is regarded as the cruise capital of Northern Europe and plays host to over four million visitors a year. It is a diverse city with a broad range of attractions on offer, able to suit all ages and interests.
Southampton also boasts an impressive cultural offering, from museums, open spaces, music venues and art galleries, to the general hustle and bustle of a vibrant city with fantastic shopping facilities and a great waterfront at Ocean Village and Mayflower Park.
Southampton is linked by land, sea and air to Europe and the world, with flights inbound from over 50 European destinations and a rail link just over one hour from London Waterloo.
ABOUT SOUTHAMPTON – THE FACTS & FIGURES
– Population of over 222,000 of which 41,500 are students at the city’s two universities.
– 7,300 businesses operate within the city.
– Southampton is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with ten large parks and 326 acres of common.
– Over 1 million passengers will pass through the CruiseTerminals during 2013.
– More than 2 million passengers will pass through Southampton Airport in 2013.
– More than 2.5 million passengers will travel on Red Funnel Ferries to the Isle of Wight in 2013, travelling through Southampton.
WHAT IS SOUTHAMPTON MOST FAMOUS FOR?
– The UK’s premier cruise port.
– The home of ocean sailing in the UK and hosting many international sailing events.
– ‘Titanic’ set sail from Southampton in 1912.
– The first prototype Spitfire was manufactured in Southampton.
– Southampton is one of only two cities in the world that uses geothermal energy to provide fuel to the city.
– In 1620 ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Speedwell’ carrying Pilgrims both set sail from Southampton.
– Southampton has been the home of the Ordnance Survey, Britain’s national mapping agency, since 1841.
– Southampton is one of the world’s natural harbours, with double tides each day, one from the west and a second hours later from the east.