Get to Southampton

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Travel to Southampton

Southampton has been a vibrant port city for centuries and today welcomes more cruise ships than any other place in the UK. So what does it have to offer? Well, there's a host of museums, attractions and excellent shopping venues for a start. 

So why not head to Southampton and check it out for yourself? Whether you're travelling down from London, Birmingham or any other part of the UK, you can save a considerable amount through Liftshare…

A slice of history

Southampton has been a crucial port city for centuries, but there is one vessel in particular that it will forever be associated with. On 10 April 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail from the city docks for what was to be its first and final voyage. You can gain a unique insight into the ship and its crew at the SeaCity Museum, where old artefacts and a model of the vessel can be viewed. It's also a great way of discovering what Southampton was like back in the early 1900s.

If Tudor mansions are more your thing, however, then fear not – the Tudor House and Garden boasts over 800 years of history and enables you to wander through the timber-framed building in the heart of the city's Old Town.

Exploring the streets of Southampton

Even the most enthusiastic of culture vultures needs some down time, and thankfully, Southampton offers plenty of options for those looking to chill. Hit up the West Quay shopping centre if your idea of relaxing involves a spot of retail therapy – there's over 90 stores and eateries to choose from.

Fancy a bit of grub and live music? The Platform Tavern may be just the ticket, with home-brewed beers, live bands and a seasonal menu rich in seafood. Alternatively, the White Star Tavern on Oxford Street boasts two AA rosettes in recognition of its exquisite food menu – available from breakfast until late evening.

If you're in the mood for dessert, few spots can match Sprinkles on Above Bar Street. Prepare for ice cream heaven, with everything from six scoop cones to sundaes, crêpes and hot white-chocolate waffles.

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