Unique Gifts and Things To Do in SouthamptonThe Port of Southampton has long been the base for some of the World’s greatest cruise liners, and as such, is affectionately known as England’s “Gateway to the World”. Whilst the city’s seafaring history spans back to the 11th Century, it is probably most famous for its part in the doomed voyage of the RMS Titanic – this incredible feat of ground-breaking construction is still celebrated in permanent exhibitions at Southampton’s contemporary SeaCity Museum. The museum is one of many fantastic tourist attractions, flanked by the greenery of inner-city parks and Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, so if you are only staying the city for a short time, be sure to pay this area visit.
Southampton is ideally situated between two areas of stunning natural beauty – to the East of the city you will find the South Downs National Park, and to the West lies the heritage heathland of the New Forest. No trip to Hampshire is complete without a walk in the woods, but if you are looking for something a little more exciting during your visit to Southampton, then there are plenty of pursuits on offer. If you’re after an outdoor activity day for the family, then why not head to the countryside for a spot of archery, or a unique horse riding experience through the woodlands?
If you are more into your water sports then Southampton is the city for you…whether you choose to head out onto the Solent for a high-speed powerboat blast, board a yacht for a luxurious day on the water, or take it easy with a kayaking taster lesson in nearby Beaulieu, there are plenty of ways to experience Southampton’s seafaring history.
If it’s an experience gift for someone special with a love of food and drink that you are looking for, then Southampton has plenty to offer. For those with a passion for the amber nectar, there is a chance to brew award-winning craft beers at a local Brewhouse, or take a masterclass in beer tasting. If it something a little more sophisticated you want, then perhaps a food and wine pairing lesson in a chic city centre venue, or a cookery lesson in Lymington.
With a great range of adrenaline-fuelled action and adventure experiences, as well as a host of outdoor pursuits and city centre activities, there is a day out for everyone in Southampton.