We have five days to spare on our trip to the south next June, before going back to London for Wimbledon
Where would we be better off spending it: Portsmouth, Southampton or somewhere else in that area?
I had originally thought Southampton would be the best choice due to its size and location but after reading Lonely Planet’s description of it as “...more a transport hub than an appealing place to stay” (Lonely Planet Guide to GB, Pg 290) I’m having second thoughts.
Only place we’ve been to in that part of the world is Bournemouth, where we spent a few wet and rainy days in Jul 2008. So I wouldn’t rush back there.
We enjoy historical sites, museums and going to cinemas, pubs and restaurants. As mature-aged travellers, we are also happy to hang out in shopping malls, go for walks or just chill, drink coffee and soak up the atmosphere of a new town.
Generally we prefer larger cities where there’s a bit of activity and nightlife and a decent choice of accommodation.
Coming from Sydney we like being near the water.
(PS: I’m posting this question on the Portsmouth forum as well.)