Southampton is the largest city in the, Google words not mine, ceremonial county of Hampshire. That’s as regal as city titles come if you ask me. As well as a couple of top notch universities, Southampton is mainly for its recognition as one of the departure points for D-Day and the set-off location for that little known boat, The Titanic.
And if you’re thinking: “I spent all my money last weekend in Leeds“, don’t worry. These great adventures aren’t just buckets of fun, they’re affordable as heck. Get on a train or plane or automobile or, if you’re lucky, step outside your door to soak in everything Southampton has to offer.
1. Solent Sky
Possibly the best collection of aircraft exhibits and displays in the country. The staff won’t let you commandeer any of these planes (believe me, I tried) but if you’re well behaved you might be able to sit in a cockpit or two. Many people love the exhibit on the development of the Spitfire and its role in the Battle of Britain.
2. Seacity Museum
The museum’s core is about all things Titanic (mainly the boat. If you’re looking for some Leo/Kate action, you better keep moving). It provides a fascinating insight into the catastrophe from the perspective of the people of Southampton.
3. Town Walls
If you’re looking for affordable, walking along city walls is as cheap as any activity comes. It’ll take a couple of hours to work around and there’s tonnes of information on panels around if you get tired of talking to whoever joined you on this mini-pilgrimage.
4. Riverside Park
Again, parks are the best place to spend an afternoon on the cheap. Grab some beers and find a quiet spot to just enjoy the warm May evenings.
5. The Brook
The Mecca of great venues and terrible cover bands. The Brook has an array of cheap nights out behind its doors featuring the likes of Kazabian, Green Day-ish and Fleetwood Bac. Truly awful but a guaranteed laugh.