Holidaying abroad can be an expensive business. Flights, hotel accommodation and other travel expenses soon add up, turning your dream holiday into a nightmare for your bank balance.
These days, more and more Brits are choosing to holiday here on home soil. ‘Staycations’, as they are known, can offer just as much fun as flying away to fancy foreign resorts.
Choose the right British holiday destination and you could be living it up by the sea and enjoying the very best of our own homegrown culture, all within easy driving distance of your own front door.
Southampton - a captivating city on the sunshine coast
Southampton is a beautiful city that has plenty to offer visitors of all ages, whatever the weather.
With magnificent galleries and museums, award winning parks, and an historic Old Town, a staycation in Southampton is the perfect family holiday for those looking to holiday at home this summer.
Still not convinced? Here’s 5 great reasons why Southampton should be your next British holiday destination:
For the history buffs in your family, Southampton has an important aviation and maritime heritage.
Henry V marched his troops through the Westgate, The Mayflower set sail to the Americas and the Titanic embarked from here at the start of its fateful voyage.
Throughout history, Southampton has been an important seaport and major city, and the Old Town still has plenty of historical relics and buildings to be explored, including the 800 year old Bargate which was the original gateway to the medieval town.
Southampton is home to a few really good museums that are perfect for keeping the family entertained if the weather turns nasty.
The SeaCity Museum brings the fascinating maritime history of the city to life using an interactive experience designed for all ages.
The Tudor House reveals over 800 years of history in a timber-framed building in the heart of the Old Town.
For those who enjoy all things aircraft related, The Solent Sky Museum showcases the international importance of aviation history in Southampton, the city that gave birth to the Spitfire.
When the sun is shining, get outside and enjoy one of the many parks and green spaces that can be found in Southampton.
Mayflower Park sits on the water’s edge and is a great place to watch the cruise liners coming in to dock from all around the world. It also plays host to the Southampton Boat Show as well as music festivals, firework displays, circuses, sporting activities and motorsport.
Alternatively, you could explore the lakes, wildlife and conservation projects at Southampton Common, that offers 365 acres of woodland, rough grassland, ponds, wetlands, lakes and well used green open spaces.
Weston Shore is located on the edge of the city close to Royal Victoria Country Park and is a stunning shingle beach that is perfect for enjoying leisurely walks or family picnics whilst watching the boats come in.
Visitors can also enjoy private hire boats that operate river tours throughout the holiday season or take a trip back in time on the SS Shieldhall steamer ship that operates sightseeing tours on The Solent, on a fully restored vintage vessel.
From the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu just outside the city centre, to a wide range of fun attractions like Go Ape, the Exbury Steam Railway and The New Forest Wildlife Centre there is plenty to see and do in Southampton.
The city also has climbing walls, soft play centres and a wide variety of water sports as well as the popular Paulton Park and Peppa Pig World just a 20-minute drive away.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay during your visit to Southampton, the friendly team at Days Inn Southampton are ready to welcome you. Located on the M27 just outside the city centre, we offer comfortable accommodation in the heart of Hampshire. We look forward to seeing you soon.