City and Unitary authority area
Montage of Southampton. Clockwise from top-left: Bargate; Guildhall; Top of west walls; Wool house and custom house; Southwestern house
"Soton/So'ton", The Gateway to the World
Southampton shown within Hampshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|• Type||Unitary authority, City|
|• Governing body||Southampton City Council|
|• Leadership||Leader and Cabinet|
|• MPs||Royston Smith (C)|
Alan Whitehead (L)
Caroline Nokes (C)
|• Urban||28.1 sq mi (72.8 km2)|
|• City and Unitary authority area||253,651 (Ranked 57)|
|• Density||13,190/sq mi (5,094/km2)|
| • Ethnicity |
(United Kingdom 2005 Estimate) 
|85.9% White (77.7% White British)|
2.4% Mixed Race
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|• Total||£9.7 bn ($15.7 bn) (12th)|
|• Per capita||£21,400 ($34,300) (15th)|
|GDP||US$ 51.6 billion |
|GDP per capita||US$ 37,832|
It is an important port. It is the nearest city to the New Forest. In 1912, the RMS Titanic sailed from there as was common with most ocean liners at the time. It contains several memorials and museum exhibitions related with the doomed ship.
Places in SouthamptonEdit
Southampton has lots of landmarks, of which one is the Bargate. This is the old main gate of the city wall of Southampton, and nowadays is used as the beginning of the guided tour of Southampton, Walk the Walls. In medieval Southampton, a bell was rung at dusk every day to tell people that the gates would shortly be locked.
Today, the Bargate Shopping Centre is nearby.
Southampton is home to many cruise ships and ocean liners, including the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2.
There is also a regular ferry service to Hythe (a small village on the other side of Southampton Water), which leaves every half hour.
Southampton has a football team Southampton F.C., which is nicknamed "The Saints". In 2001, the team moved stadiums, from "The Dell", to St. Mary's Football Stadium. The club was founded in 1885, and has been playing ever since.
Southampton is twinned with:
Southampton is also sister cities with
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