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Southampton and Further?

18 Jul 2007  Southampton's a good place - but the area around is really exciting too
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

Moving out from Southampton on day trips

  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Seniors, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Southampton and .... Stonehenge

    What is it with Americans and Stonehenge? (Just kidding - I like you guys) There we are on our transatlantic cruises - sat at lunch or dinner - we say we're from Southampton and ... bingo ......first question - how can I get to Stonehenge? - so here's the answer.

    It's about 2 hours from Southampton by road - so you could get a pretty expensive taxi. Will it take all your luggage - and take you on to Heathrow or London? - well probably, if you pay enough - and if it's the only time you're here - may well be worth it.
    Our maximum for special occasions is £200 ($400) each, and 4 of you could definitely do it for that.

    If you're here a bit longer, then hire a car and it's pretty easy - it's off a main road. If I can drive in the States, you can drive here.

    Train or bus is difficult - but see the web-site
    A warning - I know some people are disappointed - they are expecting the Pyramids - "wow it's quite small" . It is special - but not enormous big by today's standards, you neeed to think place, age and what it may have meant to the people who built it - and how on earth did they do it? - you may be new age or just historically minded. At the best it's only theories - who built it and why - nobody really knows But it's very, very old.

    And it's a national scandal that the visitors' facilities are rubbish - there are plans to iimprove.

    It is a wonder of the world - but you may need to open your mind a little - I did.

    By the way - see Avebury on this go list

  • 2. Southampton and London

    Yes OK - I had to include London. I'm sure there's plenty about it - so here's my few tips - based on foreign friends and visitors.(and we used to live there in the swinging sixties!)

    Get there by train - you can get a ticket that includes all day on the Tube (the rail underground) Get the day return that gets there after the commuters - its much cheaper.

    Get the hop on, hop off bus - see this site for the one with a free Thames cruise - that's a real cool way to see London.

    You might want to go to the Tower of London - a famous London attraction. It's next to Tower Bridge - a London icon . But I didn't know for years that you can go inside, and to the top of Tower Bridge, - and go across it over the Thames - it doesn't cost much £6 ($13) £14 ($30) family ticket- this the best view of London - apart from the London Eye - plus a good exhibition and lots to see. Google towerbridge.org.uk

  • 3. Southampton and Brighton

    Where is Brighton you ask - well along the coast from Southampton - about two hours by car, you can go by train, This is a town with a distinct character - I was at school there in the 60s and some parts still have that feel . The Prince Regent (later King George IV) first visited Brighton and Hove in 1783, and built his fantastic seaside palace, the Royal Pavilion, with its Indian domes and minarets and its Chinese style interior,.And, thanks to his influence, some of the finest examples of Regency architecture in England can be seen in Brighton and Hove.

    However, don't expect much of the beach - its steep and pebbly - but there's a good pier. Sometimes known as London by the sea beacause of its cosmopolitan feel.

    Good artistic tradition - and a gay one too.

  • 4. Southampton and the Stone Age - Avebury

    Ok - so everyone knows Stonehenge - but if you really want ancient stone circles maybe you need to look here. One of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe is spread over a vast area at Avebury. The great stone circle, encompassing part of the village of Avebury, is enclosed by a ditch and external bank.