The city of Southampton in Hampshire lies on the south coast of England, at the confluence of the River Test and River Itchen. Archaeological findings indicate human activities back to the Stone Age and Roman ruins from the former settlement Clausentum are still visible.
Use the services like car for rent in Southampton on your arrival at the Southampton Airport, 7 km away from your destination. Southampton will welcome you with an open heart, eager to show you its huge and fantastic display of unique attractions and activities during day and night. The surrounding area with fantastic nature parks and other nearby coastal towns will add it up and give you a memorable time.
Rent a car in Southampton and start touring its landmarks. The many museums host something you are surely interested to explore; there is the Museum of Archaeology hosting one of the most significant collections in England, explaining the history of this area. Admire the Maritime Museum, showing the history of the great ocean liners, and the fantastic medieval ’Merchants House’ from the 14th century provides an insight into old life. Be part of the ‘Walk the walls’ around the ancient part and have a break at the ‘Bargate’, a medieval gatehouse where the shopping center adjoins the gate from all 4 sides. Have a drink and wait for the shopaholics before continuing the walk through olden times. Rest while having a ride with a ferry and watch the busy port, then have a look inside one of the fantastic art galleries, all with their unique exhibitions. One of the real treasures is the John Hansard Gallery, widely regarded as one of the best galleries for contemporary visual art with its special photographic section. There are many parks for a leisure stroll, and the Southampton Common is maybe the most popular one with a wildlife center, paddling pool, play area and fishing lake. Have a drink in one of the numerous pubs, maybe at one of the ancient ones in High Street, till time is right for a visit in one of the many theaters. Or get into the life music entertainment venues which are truly exceptional.
Hire a car in Southampton and tour the surrounding area which should include an extensive hike trough the ‘The New Forest National Park’, where splendid scenery is open up with semi wild ponies, cattle and pigs roaming around. Take a tour to Salisbury and Winchester, both with their outstanding cathedrals and medieval town centers. Another tour could include Portsmouth with its naval heritage and Bournemouth for its beach, shopping and nightlife.
The whole district is full of much more attractions and activities but may have to wait for another visit in the near future, come and join in!
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