Southampton is probably best know for it’s port both for moving goods around the world, as well as being a popular place for cruise ships to call. On my visit it was a bit early in the season for cruise ships but there was plenty of other shipping traffic to observe navigating the River Test.
The docks and shipping that frequent the Southampton waters are impressive sights in their own right, but there are also one or two historic sights for visitors to enjoy too. Such as the Tudor House and Gardens and the Medieval Merchant’s House, both of which are tucked away in streets between the city centre and the docks.
Oh and in case you miss all the obvious clues from street names when you come out of the airport, this is the place where the spitfire was invented. There is a museum in the city to commemorate this fact, though I didn’t get to visit on this occasion.