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Where is Southampton on the map of South England

Road map of Southampton & Portsmouth. Free detailed road map of Southampton & Portsmouth  with  popular tourist attractions. Road map of Southampton surrounding area

Road map of Southampton & Portsmouth. Free detailed road map of Southampton & Portsmouth  with  popular tourist attractions

Southampton & Portsmouth


A seaport in Norman times and a popular 18th-century spa, Southampton became a leading port for passenger liners in the 19th century. Among the millions of ships that have sailed from its harbour are the Mayflower and the ill-fated Titanic. The city was badly destroyed by World War II bombing but the well-preserved Norman walls and Bargate, and a handful of other surviving historic buildings, offer a glimpse into the city's past.


Since Henry VII made Portsmouth a royal dockyard some 500 years ago, it has become Britain's foremost naval port. Today its many museums help to preserve the maritime atmosphere and traditions of the past. The city centre has been regenerated with the Millennium Parade, linking the historic dockside with the Old Town, and the 165m (541ft) high Spinnaker Tower at the entrance to the harbour.


CUMBERLAND HOUSE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM [El] Natural history displays include a freshwater aquarium and a butterfly house with a wide range of British and European butterflies.



Located in Southsea, the museum's centrepiece is the 83m (272ft) long Overlord Embroidery commemorating the Allied invasion of France in 1944. It also has archive film footage and a reconstruction of the events of D-Day itself.


DICKENS' BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM [E2] Writer Charles Dickens was born here in 1812. The museum is furnished in Regency style and its exhibits include the couch on which he died in 1870.


COD'S HOUSE TOWER [p388 B1] Once a 15th-century gun battery, these stone towers now house Southampton's Museum of Archaeology, with displays on the city's Roman, Saxon and medieval past.


HALL OF AVIATION [p388 D1] The designer of the Spitfire, Reginald). Mitchell, lived in Southampton and the history of the legendary aircraft is recounted here. Visitors can also board a Sandringham Flying Boat and sit at the controls of a supersonic jet.


HISTORIC DOCKYARD (p378 A3-B4] Three famous ships are berthed here: Henry Vlll's Mary Rose which was raised from the bed of the Solent in 1982;


Nelson's 1805 flagship HMS Victory; and the Victorian ironclad warship HMS Warrior. A large hall holds items found on the Mary Rose whilst its hull can be viewed nearby. Tours onboard HMS Victory and the restored HMS Warrior relive their eventful past days.


MARITIME MUSEUM [p388 B1] Set in the Wool House, a medieval warehouse, the museum covers the history of Southampton's port and the doomed Titanic which set off on its maiden voyage from Southampton in 1912.


MEDIEVAL MERCHANT'S HOUSE [p388 B2] A restored 13th-century timber-framed house V& has been furnished in period style to recreate its original appearance.


PORTSMOUTH BLUE REEF AQUARIUM [D1J Open-top tanks, glass tunnels, tide pools, and crashing surf displays featuring both local Solent life and tropical species reveal the magic of the underwater world.


PORTSMOUTH CITY MUSEUM [p378 C1J Displays on local history, fine art and room settings depict Portsmouth life between the 17th century and the 1950s.


ROYAL MARINES MUSEUM IE1] Video displays on the Falklands War and D-Day, and a collection of medals including Victoria Crosses awarded to the Royal Marines, are just some of the exhibits on show here.


ROYAL NAVAL MUSEUM [p378 A31 Georgian dockside warehouses are home to lively displays of models, paintings and medals, and include interactive exhibitions on the Battle of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson and HMS Victory.



[p378 B1] Once a hospice for pilgrims, Charles It was married here in 1662. The church was badly damaged by bombing in 1941 and remains roofless.



Among a notable collection of 20th-century British art are works by Sir Stanley Spencer and Philip Wilson Steer, as well as European art and sculpture.



Built by Henry VIII in 1545 to ward off a French invasion, the castle has a revolutionary design using angled rather than rounded bastions to make the firing of artillery more effective. Today it contains a museum on Portsmouth's military history.



Accessed by boat from the Naval Base, the seafort has guarded Portsmouth's harbour for over 120 years. It consists of a maze of passages and rooms, and has replicas of huge 38-ton guns and a 130m (420ft) working well.



A restored Tudor house with a knot garden gives a fascinating glimpse into 15th-century life.