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Visits from Southampton

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Southampton - New Forrest
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A visit of Southampton itself normally only takes a couple of hours. But some of the places nearby are absolutely worth a visit and you should make sure to not miss them!

Winchester

The beautiful City of Winchester, prior capital of England is absolutely worth a visit, especially as it is only a 20 minutes drive. It is particularly famous for its gothic cathedral, which is the second longest medieval building in the world. It also has a nice historic centre that gives you the feeling of medieval times. For those of you who like the shopping Winchester should just stroll up and down High Street. If the weather is good a walk along the river Itchen outside the town walls is a very nice experience, and if you feel extremely fit, I would suggest a walk from Southampton to Winchester (3-6 hours).

Salisbury & Stonehenge

Salisbury is an other city nearby, that is considered by some the loveliest city in Britain (at the moment a town has a cathedral it is called a city, no matter how small it is). Its cathedral was build between 1220-1258 and is a good example for Early English style with the highest spire in the country. After a visit of the city, an excursion should lead to Stonehenge. This world famous prehistoric stone circle is only a short drive away and always worth a visit also the amount of tourists during summer can spoil the pleasure quite a bit.

Bath SPA

Bath is about 1.5 hours by train away from Southampton and as the name already suggests its big attraction is the Roman Bath. A visit is highly interesting, with the bath still filled with hot water and a very good museum connected to it. The rest of the stay can be used to walk trough the very nice city and maybe visit the cathedral (which is much smaller than the one in Winchester or Salisbury).

London

London can be reached from Southampton with a direct train in 1.5 hours. I am not going to tell you what to visit in Britain’s capital, because that would require a own webpage, and most of you will know what to expect anyway.

Bournemouth

After this sightseeing packed tips something more relaxing. The nice sea resort of Bournemouth with its famous beaches is half an hours drive away from Southampton. Who doesn't care about icy water temperatures (I am from Italy!) can get a good swim there, if the weather allows it.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight can be reached from Town Quay within 25 minutes by speed boat or an hour by car ferry. Once there a wide range of activities can be carried out. Well worth is a trip around the island on the scenic route (1-2 days on your bike), hiking or cycling along the cost or over the central hill range, searching for fossils on the west and south cost the island, and for the brave a bath in the see. All these possibilities have made the Isle of Wight one of Britain's favorite holiday places.

New Forest

If you prefer an old and dark forest instead of the wind swept island than a walk in the New Forest west of Southampton my be the right thing for you. It is one of the biggest forest areas in England, as it belonged for centuries to the King who used it as his hunting ground. A large number of foot and cycling routes lead trough the forest and after a the workout good pub food can be found in one of the small Pups scattered around the area.

   



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