Southampton Coast Guide 

Southampton is the largest city on the south coast with a population of 221,000. The city dates back to Norman times when it was an important port. The maritime aspect of the city came to the fore during the 19th century when Southampton became the major port for liners on the Atlantic route. The most famous of these great ships was the Titanic which sailed from here on her maiden voyage in 1912. The city was heavily bombed during World War 2 and the modern city is a reflection of these events. Not much remains of the old city but there are a few corners where the city's past may be glimpsed. Today Southampton is a thriving city popular with locals residents and tourists.

For details of Southampton Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Southampton Hotels Guest Houses and Cottages

Southampton - Queen Mary IIIn 1936 nearly 50% of sea passengers arrived at Southampton and this aspect of the port still flourishes today, with many new luxury liners using the port as a base for trans-Atlantic voyages. The most recent new liner to be launched in Southampton was the Queen Mary 2 in January 2004. Another claim to fame for the city is with regard to flying boats which were developed and built in the city during the Second World War. Sadly these evocative craft are no longer seen in  the waters around the city. 

 Queen Mary 2




In 2005 Southampton is fast becoming one of the most popular leisure and cultural destinations in the south. Its appeal lies in its diverse nightlife, wide retail opportunities, excellent leisure facilities, superb heritage attractions and the charm of a bustling waterfront location.

There is no doubt that Southampton is a city and the urban landscape prevails however you do not have to travel far to find open coast and good beaches. To the south east is the old ship building village of Bucklers Hard lying on the picturesque River Beaulieu. To the south west of the city is the Hamble estuary which is a major centre for sailing, with many marinas and moorings and several yacht clubs. The River Hamble area is known as the 'Home of British yachting.' Yachtie heaven!


                 River Hamble Southampton      Container Terminal

                                          River Hamble                                                                Southampton Water


Places to visit in Southampton

Southampton Tourist Information Centre - 9 Civic Centre Road Southampton SO14 7FJ Tel: +44 (0) 23 8083 3333

Southampton Boat Show - Held in September each year. Tickets - 0870 060 0246. For details visit: Southampton Boat Show

Broadlands -Former home of lord Mountbatten - Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 9ZD Telephone: + 44 (01794) 505010

Calshot Castle - One of the chain of forts built by Henry - the fort!- Fawley, Southampton Calshot, Fawley, Southampton Hampshire Phone: (023) 8089 2023

Blue Funnel Cruises -Cruise around the harbour and River Hamble -  Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3TJ Phone: 02380 223278



Beaulieu Abbey and Motor Museum  - Palace House and Motor Museum - Beaulieu Estate, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZE Telephone: 01590 612345

Marwell Zoological Park - Colden Common Winchester  Hampshire, SO21 1JH Phone:01962 777407

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Includes details of many coastal activities such as; surfing, sailing, bird watching and walking.

Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 


Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

                                                                                                                               The  Beach Pub - Exmouth


We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

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