Southampton England s history suggests it may have been the site of human habitation since the stone age but it most certainly has a long and rich recorded history. Stroll the streets of the Old Town and see where famous people through the ages stayed, visited and walked. Learn about the Titanic from Southampton s perspective along with many other interesting historic facts. Home to the second longest medieval wall still standing in England, it is just one of the many historic sites worth visiting. The city s 230,000 residents come from a variety of ethnic background which are still evident in both the architecture and culture of the area and include Polish, Asian and Irish influences. A key port city, cruise ships often frequent the area. Famous for yachting and water sports the city is home to a number of marinas which support these and other activities. The city boasts ample opportunities for theater and live music as well as one of the best art galleries outside London.
Sightseeing tours, guided or self managed, walking or by water, are a great way to see and experience the city. Plenty of places to eat, drink and rest make this sort of stroll a relaxing journey and gives you plenty of opportunity to chat with the locals to hear their slant on things. The city does record a fairly high crime rate and visitors should be aware of this before they wander into strange areas or away from tourist destinations.