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Holiday Inn Eastleigh

Holiday Inn EastleighThe Holiday Inn Hotel Southampton - Eastleigh is located to the north of Southampton in the heart of Hampshire within easy access of the M3 and M27 Motorways with ample free car parking and close to Southampton ...more

Holiday Inn Express Southampton

Holiday Inn Express SouthamptonThe Express by Holiday Inn Southampton - M27, Jct7, adjacent to the Rose Bowl - Home of Hampshire Cricket, is conveniently located for both inbound and outbound passengers using Southampton Airport ...more

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As the largest city in Hampshire and a major port on the southern coast of England, Southampton has had a varied and interesting history. Additionally, the city is now a diverse, modern city, offering visitors a glimpse of its culture, its entertainments, and its attractions.

It has been a site of human habitation since the Stone Age, according to archaeological findings. Originally known as Porth Hamon to the Britons, following the conquest of the Romans, its name changed to Clausentum. From then on, the area has been noted for its trade and strategic position along the southern of England. Due to its important position, it is noted for its city walls, constructed in 1417, which include God's House Tower, the first artillery purposed fortification in British history, and now part of the longest medieval walls to survive until today. Today, it serves the city as an archaeological museum, welcoming visitors to learn about the various periods of history that can be found in or around Southampton.

Southampton is also home to the Southampton Maritime Museum, which documents the city's history as a major port and the site of launching many large ocean liners, which included the H.M.S Titanic. The city is famous for being the launching point of the Titanic's maiden voyage, and there is much in the city that gives due attention to the tragic event. The city also offers visitors a chance to see museums such as Solent Sky, an aviation museum, and Medieval Merchant's House, a building that has been restored to its original 14th century condition.

Aside from its long history, Southampton can boast of its varied culture and diversity, given the sizable Polish, Irish, and Asian communities within it. Also diverse are the city's attractions. WestQuay, a shopping center that opened in the year 2000, is one of the largest retail centers in the entire country, offering shoppers an enormous variety of shopping options. Many of the city's more entertaining amenities owe themselves to the University of Southampton and the students that study there. According to a 2007 poll, Southampton was rated on the highest cities in Britain for the 18 to 30 year old age group to reside, owing to its low cost of living, its many bars and nightclubs, and its many entertainments.

A trip to Southampton is certain to impress any visitor. Encompassing history from the stone age, Roman Britain and onward to the present day, the city has diverse and varied offerings that anyone could find enjoyable. Its many museums, shopping outlets, bars and nightclubs attest to the welcoming and fun atmosphere of Southampton.


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