Southampton is a city in Hampshire, South East England, 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 15 miles (24 km) north-west of Portsmouth. A major port, and close to the New Forest, it lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water, at the confluence of the River Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south. The unitary authority had a population of 253,651 at the 2011 census. A resident of Southampton is called a Sotonian.
Significant employers in the city include Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, Solent University, Southampton Airport, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, the NHS, Associated British Ports (ABP) and Carnival UK. Southampton is noted for its association with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire, as one of the departure points for D-Day, and as the home port of some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Southampton also has a large shopping centre and retail park and education hub.
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In Southampton, most of the top attractions are scattered around the city, including the Tudor House and Garden, the old city walls, the SeaCity Museum, and the Titanic Trail. For easy access to all these attractions as well as the port, the center of town makes a great base – especially for first-time visitors.
The historic city of Southampton is much more than just a cruise stop or shopping destination. Its appeal lies in its diverse nightlife, exciting retail opportunities, varied leisure facilities, superb art and heritage attractions, lively events programme and of course the excitement and charm of a bustling waterfront location.
Southampton has plenty of green spaces for those who like to sit and relax in a park, or enjoy a stroll in the sunshine. Southampton Common is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, located just outside the city centre to the north. Stretching 326 acres, this lovely expanse of green space is home to grasslands, wetlands, nature trails, parkland, a cemetary, a fishing lake and a play area. There is also a pub called the Cowherds and Hawthorns Wildlife Centre on the Common.