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Destination guide

Explore Southampton in holiday lettings

Southampton is a large city in the county of Hampshire, England, and is a major port. It is famed for its association with such historical events as the maiden voyage of the Titanic, the development of the Spitfire and the role it played in World War II. It’s a shopping destination and a city with deep historical roots – a perfect place to secure holiday lettings and enjoy an unforgettable trip.

History

Historic sites near Southampton holiday homes

Southampton is a city with a deep history reaching back to ancient times. After booking your holiday homes, consider any of these historic sites where you can soak up the deep tradition of the city’s roots. St. Michael’s Church dates to 1076 and is a stunning example of classic Gothic architecture, the oldest building still in use in the city. The Southampton Old Cemetery was first consecrated in 1843, making it among the oldest in England, and is a regular attraction for visitors. Westgate is a city gate where the Pilgrims first left for the New World on the Mayflower. The Southampton Town Walls were first built in the 10th century and once served to protect the city from invaders.

Things to do

Activities near Southampton holiday cottages

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face after securing holiday cottages near Southampton is deciding what to do first. The SeaCity Museum is a family-friendly, hands-on museum that focuses on sea trade and shipping. At the Tudor House & Garden, you can experience the still-standing remains of a 12th-century Norman home with a cafe and 16th-century gardens. At Solent Sky, you’ll see vintage aircraft from flying boats to jet fighters and even the iconic Spitfire. You can view paintings and art from the Renaissance to the modern day at Southampton City Art Gallery.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Southampton

Are you searching for attractions to see in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Southampton a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • The Quays (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Leisure World (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre (2.6 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Southampton City Golf Course (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Stoneham Golf Club (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • New Forest Wildlife Park (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Southampton

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Southampton is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mayflower Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Queen's Park (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Riverside Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Royal Victoria Country Park (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Manor Farm Country Park (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Southampton

Fly into Southampton (SOU), the closest airport, located 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 20.5 mi (33.1 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Southampton Central Station, Southampton Woolston Station and Southampton Millbrook Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Transport to your Southampton holiday rental

Transport options to, from and within Southampton are many, and you won’t have problems getting from your holiday rental to wherever you want to go. You can hire a bike or a car and self-drive the region. You can get a rail or coach to travel the countryside or take day trips to nearby cities. Of course, Southampton is a major port town, so sea ferries and cruise ships are also available.

Food & drink 

Sample regional delicacies in Southampton

After you secure your holiday rental in Southampton, eventually you’ll want to enjoy local cuisine. In Southampton, you’ll look to local pubs serving any number of delicacies. Pork pie served with apple chutney is a staple of the region, a cold meat pie in a crust pastry. Coventry God cakes, puff pastry glazed with milk and sugar and filled with currants and spices, are also popular here. Staffordshire oatcakes make a great breakfast from oatmeal, yeast and flour.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly fun near Southampton holiday cottages

Many visitors to Southampton come on family holidays, and there are lots of great things to do near Southampton holiday homes that will engage the kids as well. You can catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight and enjoy all the attractions there. The Mayflower Theatre allows you to catch great live theatrical performances that the family will love. The Common is a park area where you can enjoy barbecues, play sports and even visit a local wildlife centre, and you can also take the kids to see a football match at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Good for couples

Romance in Southampton holiday cottages

There are tons of romantic getaways available not far from Southampton holiday cottages. The local nightlife has something to offer everyone, and you can visit a number of romantic restaurants, live shows or dancing venues in downtown Southampton. Local beaches like Milford on Sea, Lepe Beach or Bournemouth offer romantic sunset walks and the opportunity to relax on blankets by the sea. If you’re looking for a romantic experience, these beaches and the downtown area will offer everything you need.

How many holiday rentals are available around Southampton?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 423 holiday lettings around Southampton. From 102 houses to 142 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Southampton?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Southampton:

  • Southampton City Centre: 81 holiday homes
  • Southsea: 136 holiday homes
  • Gunwharf Quays: 56 holiday homes
  • Buckland: 15 holiday homes
  • Portsmouth City Centre: 91 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Southampton?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Southampton. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Ocean Village Marina: 1,579 holiday lettings
  • Southampton City Art Gallery: 1,528 holiday lettings
  • Tudor House and Garden: 1,586 holiday lettings
  • The Quays: 1,573 holiday lettings
  • WestQuay Shopping Centre: 1,561 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Southampton listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Southampton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 102 Houses in Southampton. Our other popular types of Southampton holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 142 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 151 self catering accommodations
  • Chalets: 2 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Southampton?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 26 holiday homes with pool available in Southampton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.