Southampton is the largest city in the  Counties of England of Hampshire on the south coast of England, and is situated  south-west of London and  north-west of Portsmouth. Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the River Test and River Itchen, Hampshire, with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area. The local authority is Southampton City Council, which is a unitary authority.
Significant employers in Southampton include the University of Southampton, Southampton Airport, the Ford Transit factory, Ordnance Survey, the BBC through BBC Radio Solent and South Today, the National Health Service (England) and one of the largest commercial ports in Europe. The city represents the core of the Southampton Urban Area region, and the city itself has an estimated population of 234,600 (MYE 2008). The city's name is sometimes abbreviated in writing to "So'ton" or "Soton", and a resident of Southampton is called a :Category:People from Southampton.

Why visit?

  • Southampton is a city steeped in history, with a range of attractions to explore. From the medieval walls and Tudor House Museum to the Mayflower Memorial and the Bargate, there is plenty to discover.
  • Southampton is home to a stunning waterfront, with a range of activities to enjoy. Take a stroll along the promenade, take a boat trip, or simply relax and enjoy the views.
  • Southampton is home to a range of shopping districts, from the West Quay Shopping Centre to the independent boutiques of Bedford Place. There is something for everyone.