The Cruise Capital of Europe: Southampton
With it's enticing title as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton attracts over four million visitors a year due to its impressive cultural offering and cosmopolitan diversity. Visitors can enjoy a wealth of attractions including award winning parks, majestic museums and music venues and a thriving gastronomical scene.
Explore the Sparkling Sea
Southampton's rich maritime heritage permeates many of the exciting attractions on offer to visitors; begin exploring the dazzling ocean depths with a visit to SeaCity Museum, an innovative collection of exhibits that reveal intriguing stories of Southampton's intricate connection to the sea. Housed in the heart of the gorgeous cultural quarter, the museum calls the beautiful former Magistrates Court building home and offers guests interactive experiences guaranteed to pleasure and excite. Continue the maritime theme with a tranquil cruise upon a Blue Funnel Boat; tours take visitors to significant sites including the world renowned Southampton Docks and the Titanic Departure Point, as well as giving passengers the opportunity to admire some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Return to dry land in order to enjoy an indulgent lunch at the Handmade Burger Company in the heart of the city; the critically acclaimed burger bar are famous for their high quality ingredients and innovative topping selection. Sample on of the 40 hand prepared burgers, smothering your meat in delicious additions such as creamy brie, smoked bacon or roasted flat mushrooms and rocket.
The Beauty of Buckler's Hard
Located only 10 minutes' drive from the bustling city centre, the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler's Hard is an essential stop on any Southampton itinerary. Visit to the alluring attractions like the Maritime Museum, the Shipwright's Cottage and the serene structure of St. Mary's Chapel. Take advantage of the wonderful Woodland Walk that meanders beside the beautiful banks of the River Baeaulieu, opting for a tranquil 30 minute river cruise to discover how the local timber was transformed into mighty cruise ships during the 18th century. Wander through the orchard to marvel at rustic apple trees bursting with either fruit or blossom depending on the time of year before returning to the city centre for fine dining delights.
Convivial Cuisine at Ceno
Finish your splendid Southampton sojourn with an unforgettable dining experience in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Ceno Restaurant. A firm favourite of locals and tourists alike, the creative cuisine and explosive flavours of the restaurant is a testament to it's thriving popularity. Begin with a crunchy Mongolian shredded lamb salad before savouring the fresh flavours of either roasted lamb rump and garlic green peas or char-grilled salmon with crispy panchetta. Finish off with milk chocolate bread and butter pudding and a refreshing tumbler of amber whiskey for a fabulous conclusion.