What to Do with a Day in Southampton?

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For over a century, Southampton has been England’s premier port, home to the trans-Atlantic ocean liners of yesteryear and today’s modern cruise ships. You couldn’t ask for a port of call with better access to south England’s fabled countryside; the lush green landscape of hills and heaths, valleys and forests is without rival.

If you’ve only got a short amount of time to explore, you’ll want to hire a guide who can get you to the best variety of historic sites, national landmarks, villages and viewpoints all in a day. Someone like ToursByLocals guide Steve.

Steve has lived in the New Forest area near Southampton for over four decades. He became a tour guide after years of giving informal tours to visiting family and friends, who were captivated by his passion and enthusiasm for the region. The tours he offers today reflect the wide range of experiences available around Southampton.

So...what can you do with a day here?

• See the roaming ponies of the New Forest, and stop for tea at the Mad Hatters Tea Shop in Lyndhurst (the village was once home to the inspiration for Lewis Carol’s famous Alice).

• Head to the mythical, mystical, mysterious standing stones of Stonehenge, with a stop at the famous cathedral in nearby Salisbury.

• Take a Titanic Tour to the SeaCity Museum and several historical sites around Southampton, followed by a traditional cream tea in a New Forest Tea House.

• Visit Highclere Castle, built in 1676 and discovering new-found fame as the face of TV’s “Downton Abbey.”

• Children can play at being pirates for a day in the dockyards of historic Portsmouth and see the salvaged Mary Rose, a 500 year old Tudor ship.

And being a ToursByLocals guide, of course Steve can put together a perfectly customized tour that is guaranteed to get cruise ship passengers back to their ship on time. If you’re headed to Southampton in 2014 – by air, sea, road or rail – make the most of your time in the area with a friendly local expert.
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