Southampton

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 /> <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 /> <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 /> <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 /> <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. <br /> <br />Your Local editor is Laura and you can contact her at: southampton@mumsnetlocal.com

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