Southampton: what to see in the city from which the Titanic set sail
What to see in Southampton, where it is, the main monuments, museums and places of interest to visit, from the medieval walls to the titanic museum.
City of England, Southampton is located in the county of Hampshire, at the estuary of the River Test in the west and east of the River Itchen, whose ancient river valleys submerged by the sea, forming the Southampton Water, a deep inlet of the Channel . To the west of the city lies the New Forest, became the national park called the New Forest National Park, an attractive area including ancient woodland and picturesque landscapes, dating back to the eleventh century, when the area was chosen as a hunting ground by William I d ‘England. The port of Southampton is one of the most important of the south coast of England, from where ferries depart for Cowes, the port city of the neighboring island of Wight, reachable with a day trip, and the great transatlantic linking England to New York, United States, as happened in the legendary ocean crossings of the early twentieth century.
From this harbor, April 10, 1912, sailed to its tragic voyage of the Titanic and, about three centuries before, had left here the Mayflower, the ship that brought the first English colonists, called Pilgrim Fathers, on the coast of North America. The famous English writer Jane Austen lived in Southampton from 1807 until 1809, in a house located in Castle Square. The building today is gone, in its place there is another more recent. It was located near Southampton also the factory of the legendary Spitfire, the fighter plane protagonist of historical battles during the Second World War, which is why the German air force bombed the city heavily.
Things to do in Southampton
Today Southampton offers interesting museums and art galleries, shops and beautiful parks. The ancient walls of Norman origin, about two and a half kilometers long and with seven entrances to the city, are some testimonials, as the Bargate, ancient and elaborate northern gate, which stands alone at the beginning of the High Street, the Arundel Tower , circular tower of the XIII-XIV century, the Catchcold Tower, dating from the fifteenth century, the Castle Watergate, a door of the fourteenth century, and God’s House Gateway, with the beautiful tower where the Archaeological Museum.
In the historic center of the city, between the old buildings, you can see the King John’s Palace, a fine example of civil construction Norman, next to it is the Tudor House, a beautiful half-timbered houses a collection of objects from the Victorian era and Edwardian. Opposite is the only medieval church survived the bombings, St. Michael’s Church, dating back to the eleventh century and restored in the nineteenth century. French Street is located in the Medieval Merchant’s House, a half-timbered house in 1290 belonged to a wine merchant, one of the few surviving medieval houses in England.
– Sea City museum: located in Havelock Road, chronicles the relationship of the people of this city with the sea and with the story of the Titanic.
– Southampton City Art Gallery: Exhibition offers high quality ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, photography and cinema, as well as temporary exhibits very interesting.
– Solent Sky Aviation Museum: Museum dediato aeronautical operations that took place in Southampton, Solent in Hampshire and, through the history of the aircraft that were built in the area in the last century. Are on display aircraft of various types, including the Spitfire and the seaplane Supermarine S.6B.