city and major port in Hampshire, South-East England, United Kingdom

Southampton is a city in the United Kingdom. The city is in Hampshire. It is about in the middle of the south coast of England. Southampton is the largest city on the south coast.[6]

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
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
Southampton shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Ceremonial countyHampshire
Admin HQSouthampton
Settledc. AD43
City status1964
Unitary authority1997
 • TypeUnitary authority, City
 • Governing bodySouthampton City Council
 • LeadershipLeader and Cabinet
 • Executive 
 • MPsRoyston Smith (C)
Alan Whitehead (L)
Caroline Nokes (C)
 • Urban
28.1 sq mi (72.8 km2)
 (2010 est)
 • City and Unitary authority area253,651 (Ranked 57)[1]
 • Density13,190/sq mi (5,094/km2)
 • Urban
 • Metro
 • Ethnicity
(United Kingdom 2005 Estimate) [4]
85.9% White (77.7% White British)
8.4% Asian
2.2% Black.
1.2% other
2.4% Mixed Race
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode span
Area code023
 • Total£9.7 bn ($15.7 bn) (12th)
 • GrowthIncrease 2.6%
 • Per capita£21,400 ($34,300) (15th)
 • GrowthIncrease 0.6%
GDPUS$ 51.6 billion [5]
GDP per capitaUS$ 37,832[5]

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 Southampton



The Bargate

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.[7] 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.[8]

The Mayflower


Named after The Mayflower, which set sail from Southampton to the "New World" (via Plymouth), the Mayflower is the theatre in Southampton. It was built in 1928.[9]

The Queen Mary 2 on Southampton Water, with Hythe Ferry in front

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.[10]

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.[11] The club was founded in 1885, and has been playing ever since.

Twinned Cities


Southampton is twinned with:

Southampton is also sister cities with


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