Sight Seeing Information
Jane Austen's House Museum
The countryside and coast surrounding Southampton is especially scenic and unspoilt, it is the ideal place for a drive and offers many fascinating stop off points. For literary fans, a visit to the former home of 19th century writer Jane Austen is a must. She lived in this charming red brick cottage in Chawton, Hampshire from 1809 until 1817, during which time she revised several of her manuscripts and wrote three new novels. The cottage is now a museum dedicated to telling guests about the life and work of the author, you can see how she lived, stroll through the garden and take in the peaceful atmosphere that was her inspiration.
Isle of Wight
For a more exotic day trip, hop on the ferry at Southampton Dock and discover what the Isle of Wight has to offer. This small island is just 4 miles from the UK mainland but has many quiet, open spaces that enable you to relax and experience a far slower pace of life. You can see Queen Victoria's favoured summer residence at Osborne House, or travel to the islands south west coast to see sparkling coves like Freshwater Bay and enjoy lunch at a village pub.
National Motor Museum
If you are a fan of motor vehicles, then take a trip to the Beaulieu National Motor Museum where there are countless exhibits revealing how motoring has changed over the decades. You'll be able to see the first motorised vehicles to ever hit the road, along with modern F1 racers, custom models and historic caravans. There is also a gothic Victorian mansion to explore, the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey and a monorail. A packed day out that is perfect for anyone who appreciates the joys of driving!