Welcome to Southampton

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Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere borne from centuries of international trade, Southampton is one of the UK’s leading ports and liveliest cities, combining medieval walls and buildings, modern shopping and entertainment complexes, marinas, culture and nightlife. Explore the city’s rich culture and long history and try the wide range of leisure activities in the beautiful surrounding countryside before relaxing to recount the day in one of Southampton’s many harbour side restaurants, cafés and bars.


Population 239,700
Currency British pounds, £1 = 100 pence
Opening hours Monday - Friday: 9am to 8pm Saturday: 9am to 7pm Sundays 11am to 5pm. Southampton IKEA is open: Mon-Fri: 10am - 9pm, Saturday: 9am - 9pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Newspapers Daily Star
Daily Mail
Southern Daily Echo (giornale locale)
Emergency numbers 999