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Southampton , England | Vigo , Spain | Lisbon , Portugal | Lanzarote , Canary Islands | Gran Canaria , Canary Islands | Tenerife , Canary Islands | Southampton , England

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FROM CITY LIGHTS TO ISLAND SIGHTS

Anthem of the Seas® isn't the same old song. It's a US Tri-State thrill ride that packs in cutting-edge experiences – like North Star®, which gives you 360-degree views from 90 metres above sea level. And flavour firsts, like creative fare at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine. Plus showstoppers like We Will Rock You.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Southampton, England

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

MEDIEVAL MYSTERIES

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument – it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travellers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travellers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armour

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors with a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavours: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewellery.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

North Star During Dusk
Family Fun at the Skate Rink

North Star During Dusk
Family Fun at the Skate Rink

THINGS TO DO

North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck
North Star®

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure – with 360-degree views of the world from 100 metres above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule – winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.

SeaPlex at Sunrise
SeaPlex®

HAVE THE PLAYTIME OF YOUR LIFE

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

iFly by Ripcord Little Girl Flying
RipCord® by iFLY®

GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving – and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Vigo, Spain

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

GO GALICIAN

Get a taste of Spain's Galicia region in the bustling port city of Vigo. See the work of local artists at the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art. Then, head to the Cies Islands for a dip in the clear blue waters surrounded by the region's forested mountains. Later, feast on huge grilled red prawns and meaty mussels with a glass of crisp Galician white wine.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
A lake in Castrelos Park in Vigo, Spain
The Rande Bridge over the Vigo River in Spain

Get a taste of Spain's Galicia region in the bustling port city of Vigo. See the work of local artists at the Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art. Then, head to the Cies Islands for a dip in the clear blue waters surrounded by the region's forested mountains. Later, feast on huge grilled red prawns and meaty mussels with a glass of crisp Galician white wine.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
A lake in Castrelos Park in Vigo, Spain
The Rande Bridge over the Vigo River in Spain
Things To Do

in Vigo

View of the Santa Maria church with the Marvao castle in the distance in Vigo, Spain

Read the Fine Print

Located in Vigo's Old Town, Museo Municipal de Vigo tells the broader story of Vigo and the rest of Galicia. Learn about the region's main historical claim to fame, the Camino de Santiago — a pilgrimage leading to the Galician church where, legend has it, the remains of the Apostle James are housed. Or head to Museo do Mar de Galicia, which focuses on the region's seafaring culture and legacy.

Interior of the Monte Real Castle

Appreciate the Bigger Picture

Put on a wider lens by hiking up to Castelo do Castro, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city and its port. Another place to appreciate an eclectic cross-section of local Vigo life is Plaza Porta do Sol, a popular meeting point where you can enjoy some of the city's finest people-watching.

A beach in Cies Islands in Spain

Islands Await

Take the 45-minute boat ride to the Cies Islands. Here, you'll find calm white-sand beaches with pristine blue waters, surrounded by views of the dramatic mountainous landscape. There are also caves to explore here, as well as some of the area's best bird-watching.

A platter with oysters with two glasses of wine, bread and a sliced lemon

Local Cuisine

You'll notice lots of oyster sellers throughout Vigo's city center, but if you're looking for a meal that's less raw, sit down for a casual tapas lunch at Old Town eateries. Highlights include chipirones — grilled baby squid with lemon and herbs — and calamares en su tinta, calamari served in its own ink. Wash it down with a glass of albarino from Rias Baixas, a nearby Galician winemaking region where they produce crisp, dry white wines.

A store in Vigo, Spain that sells wicker baskets and goods

Shopping

You'll find the most picturesque shopping in Vigo amid the seafood sellers or O Calvario Municipal Market. Since you probably won't be able to take fresh fish back with you, walk down the Rua Cesteiros shopping street to bargain for local souvenirs and handicrafts, much of which centers on traditional basket weaving.

INSIDER TIP

Even if you speak Spanish, you'll notice the local language is something a little different: The Galician dialect is a unique blend of Portuguese and Spanish.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Lisbon, Portugal

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
GAIN A NEW VIEW

IN LISBON

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal

Fuel up for your Lisbon adventure with a delectable pasteis de nata, a sweet custard tart spiced with cinnamon and best savored warm. Then, climb the Seven Hills of Portugal and admire panoramic views of the sea and the city from above. Ride the yellow tram to explore every inch of colorful Lisbon. Wander along the seaside in the Belem district and marvel at the 16th-century architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower.

Aerial view of the different homes and buildings of Lisbon, Portugal
The Belem Tower on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio Square in Lisbon, Portugal
Things To Do

in Lisbon

View of the Pena National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal

Get Romantic

Step into the pages of a fairy tale in Sintra, a UNESO World Heritage Site a short ride from Lisbon. The city's awash in colourful buildings and grand forts, including the Romanticist architecture of the pastel-hued Pena Palace – more like a castle, really – and the extravagant Quinta da Regalaira villa. Or, wander through gardens inspired by Dante's 'Inferno'.

Tables on a terrace in Lisbon, Portugal

Go View-Hopping

There's no other way to explore Lisbon than to see it from the miradouros, the hilltop lookout points scattered around the city. Ride the Santa Justo Lift to catch a glimpse of the city below. Enjoy an evening drink at the Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Finally, watch the sunset behind the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge.

Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Architectural Adventure

History buffs should head to Belem. See the 16th-century Manueline architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery. Lisbon, Portugal cruises will allow you to visit the final resting place of explorer Vasco de Gama before walking to the river to snap a photo of the Torre de Belem, a 16th-century fort that appears to float in the ocean.

A tray full of Pasteis de Nata pastries in Lisbon, Portugal

Local Cuisine

You'll find plenty of Portuguese delicacies around Lisbon. Follow the locals to the nearest food truck for a bifana, a sandwich of pork marinated in white wine and garlic sauce. Snack on salty sardines over a glass of wine, or devour a pasteis de nata, the famous egg tart that packs a creamy, cinnamon-infused custard in a crisp shell.

Various Lisbon souvenir magnets

Shopping

Browse eclectic clothes and jewellery in the back streets of Bairro Alto. Feira da Ladra, or 'thieves' market', is the place to go for handmade crafts and antiques. Looking for a high street? Walk down Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade to browse international brands.

INSIDER TIP

Tram 28 is the best-known tram line, taking riders through all the must-see neighbourhoods, but the carriages fill up quickly. Opt for a lesser-known route to avoid crowds.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish

THINGS TO DO

Chicken Porcini Bruschetta with Zesty Lime
Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house – all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

A beach lover's paradise, the small island of Lanzarote is also a land where vegetables and grapes grow in rich volcanic soil. Head to Famara Beach for a sun-soaked surf and views of the pink cliffs that surround the shoreline.

View of Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
View of Flamiingo Beach lined wth palm trees in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
A tropical cactus garden in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A beach lover's paradise, the small island of Lanzarote is also a land where vegetables and grapes grow in rich volcanic soil. Head to Famara Beach for a sun-soaked surf and views of the pink cliffs that surround the shoreline.

View of Papagayo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
View of Flamiingo Beach lined wth palm trees in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
A tropical cactus garden in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Things To Do

in Lanzarote

City center of Teguise in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Quiet Charm

The small, 15th-century town of Teguise was the original capital of Lanzarote, and colonial mansions still line its cobblestone streets. Costa Teguise is a quiet tourist resort with strict policies about sustainable development, so it's maintained its old charm while also offering visitor amenities.

Entrance of the Cesar Manrique House museum in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Celebrate the Artist

You'll see the work of local artist Cesar Manrique around Lanzarote, and you can visit his striking home, built into boulders in a lava field. This extravagant cave now serves as a foundation dedicated to his life and art. Works by his contemporaries, such as Tapies, Millares and Picasso, are also exhibited there.

A whole roasted fish on a silver plate

Local Cuisine

Everywhere in Lanzarote, you'll find fresh fish such as dorado (sea bream), vieja (parrot fish) and cherne (sea bass), often simply grilled and served with small potatoes and local greens. The condiment of choice is red or green mojo sauce, made with chilis grown in the rich volcanic soil — drizzle it over your fish and potatoes, or slather it on bread. Wash it down with glass of local malvasia, a white wine with tropical fruit notes that can be either dry or semi-sweet.

An assortment of traditional Spanish fans

Shopping

Much of Lanzarote's shopping is centered in the capital city of Arrecife, where you'll find plenty of small, outdoor markets where you should expect to haggle. Look for locally made lacework, pottery, woven baskets, decorative fans and jewelry crafted from the green, volcanic gemstone called olivine.

INSIDER TIP

The best way to explore the island is by renting a car, and bike rentals are also popular and easy.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
DRAMATIC. DIVERSE.

GRAN CANARIA.

When you arrive in Gran Canaria, set off on an island adventure by car, bike or foot. Take in the bold colors and tropical vibes of this beautiful Spanish port. Famous for its white-sand beaches and foggy mountaintops, Gran Canaria gives you a one-stop, multisensorial experience. You'll find an array of terrains, from rocky coasts to lush forests, as well as plenty of urban verve in capital Las Palmas.

Puerto Ricos beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Aerial view of Amadores Beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Boats docked at a marina in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

When you arrive in Gran Canaria, set off on an island adventure by car, bike or foot. Take in the bold colors and tropical vibes of this beautiful Spanish port. Famous for its white-sand beaches and foggy mountaintops, Gran Canaria gives you a one-stop, multisensorial experience. You'll find an array of terrains, from rocky coasts to lush forests, as well as plenty of urban verve in capital Las Palmas.

Puerto Ricos beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Aerial view of Amadores Beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Boats docked at a marina in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Things To Do

in Gran Canaria

The Santa Ana Square in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Upbeat Urban Center

Discover Gran Canarias' capital, and feel the eclectic beat of a city that blends African, Indian and Chinese influences. You can sense the Mediterranean vibes as you walk by this international city's port, shopping districts and restaurants. Its most emblematic building? Las Palmas cathedral, which took over 400 years to complete.

Coastal sand dunes in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Saharan Oasis

Head to the southern part of Gran Canaria to experience a desert-like atmosphere. In Maspalomas, you'll encounter dunes believed to have formed after a tsunami hit this part of the island. While you're there, take a break from the arid landscape and escape to the nearby botanical garden or beach.

Puerto de Morgan coast in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Coastal Utopia

You have to see Gran Canaria's coastline to believe it. It shifts from rugged and monumental to pristine and sandy. Cruise to Gran Canaria and hop on a car, a bike or a safari-style tour and get to know this tropical destination that's unlike any other.

A plate of grilled octopus

Local Cuisine

A combination of African, Spanish and Latin-American dishes appear in Gran Canarias' gastronomy, with original creations like Polvitos Uruguayos (a light cheesecake with dulce de leche), chipirones con mojo verde (grilled squid in a herby sauce) and the popular bienmesabe (a dense pastry made of almonds). And don't miss the ultra-fresh tropical fruits during your Canary Island cruise.

Ceramic mugs for sale in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Shopping

Las Palmas is the shopping capital of the Canary Islands. The main shopping street is Calle Mayor de Triana, a pedestrians-only boulevard that features a variety of stores offering local souvenirs like Canarian straw hats, pottery based on ancient designs, local rum and cigars. Another great shopping destination is Maspalomas, where El Faro Boulevard and El Tablero offer fashion and souvenirs made by locals.

INSIDER TIP

Be sure to pack sun block — the UV rays aren't messing around in Gran Canaria.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Tenerife, Canary Islands

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
HEAR THE

CANARIES SING

Eclectic Tenerife is the largest of Spain's enigmatic Canary Islands. Head to the lively streets of capital city Santa Cruz to see the 16th-century Iglesia de la Concepcion and the ultra-modern Auditorio de Tenerife. Or get to know the most rugged natural landscapes in Europe and hike the laurel tree-canopied mountains of Anaga.

Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
A beachfront walking path at El Duque beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
View of the Candelaria Church on the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands

Eclectic Tenerife is the largest of Spain's enigmatic Canary Islands. Head to the lively streets of capital city Santa Cruz to see the 16th-century Iglesia de la Concepcion and the ultra-modern Auditorio de Tenerife. Or get to know the most rugged natural landscapes in Europe and hike the laurel tree-canopied mountains of Anaga.

Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
A beachfront walking path at El Duque beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands
View of the Candelaria Church on the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands
Things To Do

in Tenerife

A large outdoor swimming pool in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Chill Out in Santa Cruz

If culture and history are your thing, there's plenty in Santa Cruz-proper to keep you stimulated. Make a stop at the illuminating Natural History Museum or the Basilica de Candelaria shrine, which only dates back to 1959 but manages to feel older in decidedly modern Santa Cruz.

An aerial view of Las Teresiteas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Hit the Beach

While most of Tenerife's best beaches are far outside the center of Santa Cruz, you have a couple of options a short taxi or bus ride away. The most popular is Las Teresitas, whose golden sands look particularly striking contrasted with the crystalline blue water that laps at them.

Three whole grilled fish with potatoes and salad on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers a mix of traditional Spanish food and local Canarian food. It's just as easy, for example, to find a restaurant that serves small-plate tapas and sweet sangria as it is to enjoy Sancocho, a bass filet served with boiled potatoes and spicy mojo sauce. Follow up a filling meal with a shot of Cobana, a banana liquor native to the Canary Islands.

An assortment of souvenir shells

Shopping

If you like bargaining, try your luck at Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa, open every day until 2:30 p.m. Here, you'll find local handicrafts like ceramic dishware made from volcanic stone, as well as clothing and shoes at wholesale prices. Sunday afternoons, there's a flea market near Santa Cruz's main station.

INSIDER TIP

Tenerife looks small on the map, but the island's mountainous terrain and developing infrastructure can make journeys here longer than you might imagine, so plan accordingly.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN-DRENCHED DAYS

Couple Enjoying the Sun on the Solarium
Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider

Couple Enjoying the Sun on the Solarium
Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider

THINGS TO DO

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12-metre-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savour the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW-STOPPERS

A gang of rockers on stage with their fists up during a We Will Rock You broadway show on a cruise.
Performer doing a stunt on stage during The Gift Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

A gang of rockers on stage with their fists up during a We Will Rock You broadway show on a cruise.
Performer doing a stunt on stage during The Gift Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean

THINGS TO DO

Rockers with mohawks singing to We Will Rock You soundtrack in broadway show onboard a cruise ship.
We Will Rock You

DO THE FANDANGO

The Olivier Award-winning musical We Will Rock You pits "real music" against futuristic pop, settling the score with killer Queen classics and rock anthems.

A clock and scooter depicted in the Gift Cruise Show poster by Royal Caribbean
The Gift

ENJOY THE PRESENT

Embark on a musical journey of fantasy and illusion that begins one stormy night with the arrival of a magical gift.

Performers on stage with pink lights at night show of Spectras Cabaret on Anthem.
Spectra's Cabaret

LIFE IS A CABARET

Experiential cinema comes alive to the sound of pop culture anthems in this mind-bending mix of music and tech. Welcome to Spectra's Cabaret.

DAY 11 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

Woman Receiving Cocktail at the Bionic Bar
Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay

Woman Receiving Cocktail at the Bionic Bar
Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay

THINGS TO DO

Bionic Bar - Deck 5 Starboard Midship (Royal Promenade)
Harmony of the Seas - Royla Caribbean International
Bionic Bar®

MIXOLOGY MEETS TECHNOLOGY

Meet two robotic bartenders who know how to shake up your night. At Bionic Bar® they can mix, muddle, and stir it up too.

Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
Vintages

UNCORK A VINTAGE ADVENTURE

Whether you favour a bold Cab or the subtle nuance of Pinot Noir, Vintages has the perfect glass. From France to California, Chardonnay to Shiraz, the wide world of wine is well represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers. This is the perfect setting for indulging your passion for wine, or igniting it. Vintages also offers a small bites menu.

AN, Anthem of the Seas, Two 70 Lounge, Deck 5 Aft, bar, entertainment, ocean view, daytime, empty room
Two70 Bar

YOU MIGHT BE TOO STUNNED TO SIP

As the lights go down and the music comes up, you'll find yourself immersed at the centre of spellbinding performance art, mind-blowing light shows and dazzling digital scenery.

DAY 12 - Arrival Day

Southampton, England

ARRIVES:
5:30 AM
PRIME ENGLISH

COUNTRYSIDE

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've returned to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region, like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've returned to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region, like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument – it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travellers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travellers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armour

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors with a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavours: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewellery.

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