Southampton has lots to offer its guests and is a great holiday destination for people of all ages. The Mayflower, the largest theatre in southern England, offers blockbuster musicals, ballet and operatic performances of the Nuffield Theatre for Shakespeare. During the summer take a stroll through the Southampton Common, an oasis consisting vibrant green grass, an urban wildlife centre; play area, paddling pool and fishing lake, perfect for a family day out.
Sports fanatics can watch a heated football match between the Southampton and Portsmouth teams at the new St Mary's Stadium. If you're up to try something new then head to Hamble Valley where you can go sailing on The Solent River, fishing on the River Hamble, play golf, go horse riding or a go on a relaxing stroll through the countryside.
If you are looking to splurge on a delicious meal head to Oxford Street, Southampton's cosmopolitan area. Here you will find a range of cuisines from India, Britain, Spain, China, Italy, and The Mediterranean or head to Queensway for the traditional British fish and chips.
For a day trip out of Southampton head half an hour south until you reach the city of Portsmouth. This scenic destination has beautiful beaches, walking tours, and an amusement pier perfect for children. Salisbury is a great destination to add to your UK road trip, so take a tour through the historic Salisbury Cathedral. Those who are daring enough can climb to the top to see magnificent views. London is just over an hour away from Southampton and recommended for visitors who have always wanted to see the world-famous attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, The London Eye and Big Ben.
There is so much to see and do in Southampton and its neighbouring cities so download our free travel guide to start planning your road trip through the UK today! For more ideas on locations to visit on your travels, check out the Auto Europe blog.
Auto Europe's car hire suppliers in Southampton include Hertz, InterRent, and Europcar.
Supplier depots are located at Southampton Airport and throughout the city centre for your convenience.
Parking in Southampton is fairly easy, with many car parks and pay and display services throughout the city centre. On-street parking in the city centre ranges from £1.20 to £3 per hour and range in blocks from 1, 2, 3, and 4-hour zones depending on the signage. There are many car parks in the heart of the city that range £1 - £3 per hour, whereas the car parks on the outskirt of the city are usually free for a duration of up to 2 hours. More information on parking in Southampton can be found on the city's parking page.
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