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Everything you will need during your time in Southampton can be found within a short distance of the Solent University campus. However, those who do fancy a change of scenery will be spoilt for choice by the variety of towns, cities and tourist attractions on offer in the surrounding areas.


Central London can be reached by train in a little over an hour, making shopping sprees or sightseeing adventures no hassle at all. Take a look at our London day trip guide for some great ideas on how to make the most of your trip to London without breaking the bank.

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Bournemouth is home to one of the best beaches in the UK; from the traditional pier to the seafront chip shops, it’s every bit a great British seaside town. It isn’t all bathing suits and penny arcades though; Bournemouth is a modern city with a number of large shopping and entertainment venues.

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Winchester, the old capital of England, is a historic town with charm and character located just 12 miles from Southampton. Street markets are open four days a week with each day offering different items ranging from antiques and vintage clothes to locally sourced food and crafts.

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The New Forest

The New Forest is one of the largest areas of open heath, grassland and forest in the South of England and occupies the 220 square miles of land inbetween Southampton and Bournemouth. The area is dotted with quaint villages and traditional pubs, making it the perfect setting for bike rides, hikes and picnics.

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Portsmouth is the spiritual home of the Royal Navy and has a rich maritime history. Visitors to the city can often see towering modern war ships moored in the docks - a stark contrast to the Georgian and Victorian vessels on show in the historic dock yard.

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Salisbury and Stonehenge

Was it a burial site? A place of worship? A calendar? Whatever the answer, the mystery surrounding Stonehenge has turned the area into a major tourist attraction. The new £27 million visitors centre alone makes the trip worthwhile, but the nearby historic town of Salisbury makes this a day out that shouldn’t be missed.

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