Why You Should Visit Southampton
Along with its immaculately preserved medieval center, Southampton has developed into a modern city with many exciting attractions and opportunities for people of all ages. The theater is one of the particularly popular pastimes in Southampton as the city boasts many theaters, concert halls and cinemas to catch a show in the evenings, while there are many excellent museums around the city such as the Maritime Museum celebrating the city’s past as an important port. Be sure to check out the medieval walls around the city, the longest of their kind in the country, which are walkable if you are up for the challenge. The city also boasts excellent shopping centers like The Bargate and many restaurants and bars, so there is plenty to do both day and night.
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Arriving In Southampton
Southampton Airport is situated around 6 km from Southampton and is set within a single passenger terminal. When you have touched down at the airport there are bus services that can take you into the city center, while the airport is only a short distance from the city so taxis are affordable. Inside the airport there are a few cafés available alongside a restaurant, while you can also enjoy duty-free shopping to pick up any last-minute goods. In addition to this, the airport offers free Wi-Fi for up to four hours at a time as well as internet stations to help you get online.
Travelers looking to fly from the UAE to Southampton will need to transfer somewhere as no airlines provide direct flights from anywhere in the UAE. Southampton Airport has connections to a few leading airports in Europe including Paris Charles de Gaulle and Munich, so UAE nationals will need to make a single transfer.
Southampton Travel Information
UAE nationals flying to the UK can apply online for an electronic visa waiver before making the journey. Southampton enjoys some of the best weather in the UK due to its southern location, with average highs of around 22 degrees during July and August. Although the city is served by a network of trains and buses, you may want to rent a car at Southampton airport if you plan on exploring the wider region.
* This information is correct as of October 2017
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