Southampton Hotels - Southampton may look the very epitome of a modern British city, but signs of its rich, ancient heritage can be glimpsed everywhere – most noticeably the Bargate, a picture-postcard Norman structure slap-bang on the high street. Elsewhere in the city center you'll also see the Titanic Engineers' Memorial, a reminder that the great ship departed on its fateful voyage from Southampton. The city also boasts an epic green space in the form of Southampton Common, which features hundreds of acres of ponds and parkland, as well as a popular paddling pool.
Things to see
For many, WestQuay is reason enough to visit Southampton. This huge mall dominates the city center and has something for everyone – whether you're shopping for the latest fashions at big high street names, toys, beauty products, or just want a bite to eat. Speaking of food, there are plenty of tempting eateries in Ocean Village, the famous marina where you can take in views of bobbing boats, catch a movie, or even charter a yacht. Mayflower Park is another good chill-out spot, particularly as it offers panoramic waterside views. On a good day you might even get to see one of the immense luxury liners cruise by as you lie on the grass or have a picnic. If that gives you a hankering for more greenery, the lush realm of the New Forest lies close to Southampton and is easily accessible by train, bus or car. If you're a football fan, you may also want to see St Mary's Stadium, which in 2001 took over from The Dell as the home of Southampton FC.
Hotels in Southampton
There's a convenient array of hotels in Southampton, including a few stand-out lairs of luxury – think spas, beauty treatments, and all-round pampering. Of course, there is also no shortage of very budget-friendly Southampton hotels which are ideally suited for budget city breakers and business visitors alike. Don't fancy one of the big chains? There are a good number of one-off boutique hotels here as well, including renovated inns dating back hundreds of years, which still have period furnishings and have an understated classic grandeur.
Where to stay
Whether you're in Southampton for work or play, the city center is where you'll probably want to stay. It's here that you can walk the ancient city walls, browse the bustling shops of WestQuay, and check out swanky Oxford Street – a historic quarter with smart restaurants and quaint taverns. You'll also be within walking distance of the waterfront. From high-end Southampton hotels to cheaper alternatives, you shouldn't have any problem finding city center accommodation to fit your budget perfectly.
How to get to
Flights from cities as varied as Belfast, Amsterdam, Paris, and Manchester arrive at Southampton Airport. It's an incredibly convenient gateway to the region, being only 5 miles from the city center. Bournemouth Airport is also well situated for visiting Southampton, with bus and rail connections making it easy to get to your hotel. When it comes to trains, Southampton Central Station has a multitude of direct rail links with major cities across the UK, and of course there are also the cruise terminals where some of the world's most majestic liners embark on epic voyages across the seas.