Great Places to Visit in Southampton
Tudor House Museum is currently undergoing structural repairs and renovations at a cost of £2.3 million from 2007 to 2010. Its aim is to restore the museum back to the height of its grandeur. The restoration budget was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund (£1.598 million grant) and the Southampton City Council (£590,000).
Another recommended venue for history buffs is The Medieval Merchants House. Located on French Street, this elegantly restored house was built in 1290. Visitors can drop by throughout the year. And if you have a thing for ghosts, then you can pass up the chance to visit The Medieval Merchants House, which is reputed to be the most haunted building in all of Southampton.
Meanwhile, the Hall of Aviation is a must-see venue. Located on Albert Road South, the museum has many displays that date back to the golden age of aviation in Southampton. There is an impressive tribute to R.J. Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire. Among the hundreds of artefacts and exhibits, visitors will certainly be impresses with the display featuring a real Sandringham flying boat. The museum also features comprehensive information on the Supermarine Aviation Company and its aeroplanes, including the legendary Spitfire, which was built in Southampton, as well as original drawings of the first planes.
There are also extensive records and paraphernalia from 25 aviation manufacturers such as A.V. Roe, Cierva, Cuncliffe Owen and Follands. Among the exhibits is a real Sandringham flying boat, a Spitfire and 13 other impressive aircraft.
For sea lovers, Southampton also has a number of magnificent maritime offerings on hand. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in town just in time for the famed Southampton Boat Show, which boasts of a series of exhibitions, performances, entertainment, food and drink all with some connection to the sea.
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