Southampton, lying at the confluence of the River Test and River Itchen, is the largest
<br />city in Hampshire, a major port and regarded as the cruise capital of the country; some
<br />of the largest cruise ships in the world regularly dock here.
<br />The city is particularly associated with the development of the Spitfire and RMS
<br />Titanic. Solent Sky museum tells the story of aviation in the area, while earlier this
<br />year the SeaCity Museum opened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of RMS
<br />Titanic's maiden voyage from Southampton.
<br />Other tourist attractions include the City Art Gallery which holds nationally important
<br />collections, the Medieval Merchant's House and the recently restored Tudor House,
<br />but much of the city's rich architectural heritage was destroyed during bombing raids
<br />in the Second World War.
<br />Southampton does not make the most of its waterside location although there is a
<br />burgeoning Ocean Village and the Southampton Boat Show is held at Mayflower Park
<br />every September. The town centre is dominated by WestQuay shopping centre which
<br />includes major high street stores such as John Lewis; adjacent to this is an Ikea outlet.
<br />Entertainment venues include The Mayflower Theatre, the largest theatre in southern
<br />England, and The Guildhall, while The Nuffield Theatre and Turner Sims Concert
<br />Hall are both located on the University of Southampton's campus.
<br />At the heart of the city is an unexpected delight: Southampton Common, 326 acres of
<br />parkland, woodland and grassland that is frequently used for community events.
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