We are Southampton
We are a city on two rivers, Itchen and Test. We have been a major port since 1066. Our majestic city walls stand strong over 400 years on. The Titanic set sail here, and most of her crew lived here. This was the birthplace of the Spitfire. Our beautiful city was battered and bruised by the blitz. But we got back up again. We are a city of diversity where all are welcome. We are a city of culture, lots of culture; a city of music, sport, dance, food, heritage, art and theatre. We are leading the way testing and piloting responses to coronavirus. We are not without our challenges, but as a city we will overcome them together. We are home to the mighty Saints and we march on together.
Welcome to our Southampton.
Southampton is bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2025, this is a huge opportunity for the city to celebrate the wealth of cultural activity already taking place, showcase the city’s diversity and use these to address some of the challenges the city is facing. This is about celebrating what this city has and using the journey to achieve our ambitions as a city.
Southampton is a city of more than a quarter of a million people and has two universities, it is home to Southampton Football Club a Premier League team and is a destination city for shopping in the region. Southampton is a very busy cruise and commercial port with millions of people and containers travelling through each year.