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Southampton Travel Guide, United Kingdom

Southampton, UK - Overview: City of Kings

Southampton is located on the southern coast of England. It is the largest city of Hampshire and a major port closest to New Forest. The northernmost point of the Southampton Water is joined to River Itchen and southernmost to River Hamble.  Southampton has a population of 228,600 and is referred to as the ‘City Of Kings’.


Southhampton was known as the Country of Southhampton in the past when it used to be Country Borough located in Hampshire. The other name of the city was Southamptonshire, which changed officially in 1959. In 1974, Southampton became one of the non-metropolitan districts. Later on April 1, 1997, the city became administratively independent and it was made into a unitary authority during a local government re-organization.  

Geographical Location

Geographically, Southhampton is greatly influenced by rivers and seas. It is the River Test, which runs along the western border separating from the New Forest. River Itchen flows through the middle of the city bridged at several places.

Sights in Southampton

Southampton is the home of the second longest medieval walls present in England along with a large number of historical museums. Some of the famous museums in the city include The Maritime Museum, Tudor House and the Solent Sky.

Why Southampton is preferred for living?

The city has been voted several times as one of the best places in the UK to live for people aging between 18 and 30 due to its wide array of clubs and bars, low cost of living and very cheap transport. In fact, it has been voted as the second best city after London by women.  

Excellent Transport facilities

Southampton has good transport links with all parts of the country because it is a major port. M27 motorway, which links places across the southern coast of England, runs in the north of the city. It is linked to London by the M3 motorway and is connected with Midlands by the A34 road. It is also served well by the rail network and the main station being the Southampton Central. There are also local train services operating in the southern, central and eastern sections of Southampton with stations at Millbrook, Sholing, St Denys and Woolston.

How you can enjoy your nightlife in Southampton?

Southampton also has well established music venues which include The Talking Heads, The Turner Sims Concert Hall, The Brook and The Joiners. Mayflower Theatre is the largest theatre in the city having a capacity of 2,300. It hosts popular shows like The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables.

Southampton has always proved its title as the ‘City of Kings’. With excellent transportation facilities, several wonderful places for spending time at and a low cost of living, you will love paying a visit to the city.

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