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Southampton on a Budget

M. Zhu

Known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton plays host to 4 million visitors a year, and boasts both a vibrant cultural scene as well as a titanic maritime history. Infamously known as the port from which the Titanic set sail, Southampton is the perfect place to soak up some history and catch some culture, all while keeping your bank balance afloat. Here’s how to get the best of this seaside city for under £20.

10am - Titanic Walk (Free)
 
Southampton will forever be intrinsically linked with the memory of one of the world’s best-known cruise liners, the Titanic, which sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. Whether you’re a maritime history maniac or a huge fan of Kate and Leo, you can retrace the steps of the passengers and crew who perished on this historic journey by visiting the buildings, memorials and sites around Southampton that are connected to the ocean liner’s ill-fated history. So put on your headphones, crank up Céline Dion and sink into Southampton’s saddest sea story as you walk around this beautiful city.
 
The Titanic Walking guide is free to download and print, or can be obtained from the Southampton visitor centre.
 
12pm -  Southampton City Art Gallery (Free)
 
Southampton’s internationally renowned City Art Gallery boasts a collection that spans eight centuries and holds over 5,300 artworks. Opened in 1939, Southampton City Art Gallery offers visitors paintings by Old Masters, French Impressionists and 19th- and 20th-century British artists, as well as a collection of contemporary British art that has been praised both nationally and internationally.


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Southampton City Art Gallery is located at Civic Centre, Hampshire, SO14 7LP.
 
1pm - Lunch Sula’s Greek Taverna  (From £4.75)
 
This family-run Greek restaurant prides itself on offering its guests freshly made affordable food that doesn’t compromise on taste or quality. Specialising in street-food type fare, Sula’s is a go-to destination for delicious gyros and scrumptious souvlaki. With mains starting from just £4.75, it’s all Greek to us if you don’t visit Sula’s in Southampton.
 
Sula’s Greek Taverna is located at 116a Portswood Rd, Southampton, SO17 2FY.
 
2:30pm -  Solent Sky Museum (£7.50)
 
The Solent Sky museum celebrates the rich history of aviation in the Southampton, Solent and Hampshire areas, focusing in particular on the extensive contributions to aircraft made by Southampton-based aircraft company Supermarine. Visitors will be amazed by the twenty airframes on display, especially those from the golden age of aviation, including the famous WWII Spitfires and the record-breaking Supermarine S6.  


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Solent Sky Museum is located at Albert Road South, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3FR. Open 7 days a week, Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.

4:30pm - University Botanical Garden (Free)
 
Tucked away behind the sports hall on Highfield Campus at Southampton University is a beautiful botanical garden that most students don’t even know about, thanks to its extremely well hidden location. Going through the gate that separates the busy student union from the calm, quiet woodland is like stepping into another world. Let the garden’s peace and tranquillity transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while before finishing your day trip with some fun and food.
 
The botanical garden is located on University Road, SO17 1BJ.
 
6:00pm - The Alexandra (Mains from £5.25)
 
Popular with locals and Southampton’s large student population, The Alexandra has much more to offer than might first meet the eye. Not only is this friendly pub decked out in movie memorabilia, even its food and drink lists pay homage to the silver screen, with Star Wars and Game of Thrones cocktails being particularly popular choices. If film isn’t your forte, then feel free to enjoy The Alexandra’s vast selection of retro arcade and board games, as well as its tasty menu of reasonably priced mains that won’t break the bank.


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The Alexandra is located at 6 Bellevue Rd, Southampton SO15 2AY.
 
So there we have it, a Southampton day out for just £17.50. Sea it for yourself soon! 
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