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15 Southampton Day Trips You Can Take

15 Southampton Day Trips You Can Take

Southampton day trips are a must when you feel like exploring and letting your wanderlust gene shine. These 15 trips near Southampton are easy and fun!

Sometimes it can get a bit repetitive wondering around the same city day after day, weekend after weekend to the same old shopping centre, parks or activity centres. Sometimes it’s just nice to get away for a day, splash some cash and have some fun. Check out these 15 Southampton day trips you can take!

1. Bournemouth

If you don’t want to venture too far away from Southampton for an escape day then I recommend Bournemouth. Especially in the summer when you can enjoy the full benefits of its sandy beach, pier and arcade centre.

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2. Portsmouth

If you’re into the more historic side of things then Portsmouth dockyard is the place for you. Spend the day wondering around HMS Victory and the Mary Rose and finish your day off with a well cooked restaurant meal or a bargain deal in the hundreds of outlet stores available. This is one of the best Southampton day trips you can take.

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3. Salisbury

Stonehenge. What more do I need to say? Oh and the Magna Carter too. You can understand why this is on the list of Southampton day trips to take!


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4. New Forest

Complete with woodland, wildlife and traditional pubs scattered about, if you’re looking for a relaxing day away then this is the place to go.

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5. Beaulieu

And a little down the way from the New Forest you’ll find the home of the Beaulieu Motor Museum going hand in hand with a lovely flowing river and gardens.

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6. Winchester

With a cathedral, science centre, planetarium and only a short drive away from Marwell Wildlife Zoo it’s a definite must for a day trip near Southampton.


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7. Isle of Wight

500 miles of footpaths and beaches for you to discover  with access even via an exciting hovercraft journey this is definitely one for more adventurous and outdoors side of you.

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8. Bath Spa

Or if you’re after something a little more relaxing that doesn’t involve you trekking around nature then the cobbled high street of Bath, situated close to Longleaf safari park, is the quieter place for you to visit.

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9. Bristol

Balloon fiesta, Banksy street art tours, boat trips, museums….Need I say anymore? Bristol has a wide range of activities on offer for everyone.


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10. Brighton

Explore the cobbled ‘Lanes’ of Brighton full of unique and quaint shops on every corner then finish off the day with a classic fish and chip dinner on the pier.

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11. South Downs

If you’ve already crossed off a visit to the New Forest then pop along to the South Downs to explore the countryside dotted with the local pubs and restaurants available.


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12. Hayling Island

Located between Portsmouth and Chichester, Hayling Island offers various activities such as a World War Two heritage trail ,beaches and the Funland Amusement Park for an exciting day out close to Southampton.

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13. Weymouth

With a Jurassic skyline, beach and harbour for you to explore you couldn’t really ask for more.

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14. Basingstoke

A large leisure park for you to explore followed by a bit of shopping in Festival Place and finished off with a meal at one of the many restaurants they have to offer is a great day out near Southampton.


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15. London

Capital city of England it’s got everything to offer. Museums, parks, galleries, London Aquarium…You could even pop over to Buckingham Palace and see if the Queen is home.

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Let us know what you think about these Southampton day trips in the comments below!
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