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The region and beyond

Close to Southampton you’ll find some of the most beautiful countryside and coastline in the south of England. The city also has good transport links to London and to other parts of the UK and Europe.

Around the region

The New Forest

Native ponies have grazed in the New Forest for thousands of years
New Forest ponies

Seven miles from Southampton is the New Forest National Park, an ancient landscape with wide open spaces, woodland, pretty villages and historic houses. The land is still grazed by cattle and pigs, and the area is famous for its wild ponies. It's the perfect place for walking, cycling and horseriding.

 Isle of Wight

Just off the coast is the Isle of Wight, an island of 1,500 square miles, half of which is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. A 25-minute ferry ride from Southampton, it's a great place to visit, with award-winning beaches, unspoiled countryside and lots of outdoor activities on offer.

Every year over 8,000 competitors come to the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week, the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. The event closes with a spectacular firework display. The island also hosts two popular rock and pop festivals during the summer - the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival.

The estuary shoreline, just outside Southampton
Netley Abbey, on Weston Shore

Beaches and resorts

Some of the south coast's liveliest resorts are within easy reach of Southampton. Bournemouth (around 25 minutes by train) has long sandy beaches and a buzzing nightlife. Poole (under 50 minutes by train) is another popular destination, with its historic old town and quayside as well as great beaches. Brighton (under two hours by train) is well-known for its pavilion, pier and diverse club scene.

Other destinations

There is a fast, frequent train service between Southampton and London Waterloo
London at dusk

There are plenty of options if you want to explore further afield. London and its many attractions are just over an hour away by train. There are also direct trains from Southampton to Birmingham, the north of England and Wales. Southampton Airport is a short bus ride from the University's Highfield Campus and serves numerous European destinations.

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