The city is 120 kilometres south west of London, and home to a little over 1.5 million residents. Britons have been living here for many centuries. The city didn't really get started as a significant settlement until after 1066 when Southampton took on a role as a major transit node on the route between Winchester and Normandy. By the 13th century, Southampton was one of the most important ports in England. In the Victorian Era, the city saw some of its greatest expansions. Today it is one of the top 20 largest cities in England and is home to the Southampton University.
Throughout history, Southampton has always been a city that takes pride in its close ties with the ocean. Southampton has a large port with over 280 cruise ships coming and going each year. Not only does it cater to private journeys, but Southampton also houses one of Great Britain's major commercial dockyards. If you are looking to stay in one of the many hotels in Southampton then you will have no problem choosing from the great selection. From the four star Marriott Meon Valley Hotel to the Potters Heron Pebble Hotel in Southampton, you'll find excellent value for money. While you are in Southampton, you can relax in some of the city’s best attractions. The Mayflower, the largest theatre in England, presents many West End musicals. You can wander on the Southampton Common, more than 325 acres of beautiful grassland. The fishing lake here is a great spot to relax on a warm summer evening.
Hotels in Southampton are easily reached with excellent transport links. This makes it an ideal place for business meetings or just to take in the amazing surroundings. It offers visitors many highlights, from art galleries and theatres to concert halls, pubs and clubs. At the northern edge of the city you will find the cultural district, home to the brilliant art deco City Art Gallery, which houses over 3,500 works of art spanning six centuries. All of this makes staying in a Southampton hotel a wonderful and memorable experience. Getting in to Southampton is quite easy as you have many transport options at your disposal. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are both quite nearby. Several train routes pass right through Southampton and you can step on the train at London Waterloo or Victoria stations and be at the seashore in short order. Driving here is a breeze. Take the M25 from London to the M3 and then it's straight in to Southampton.