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1 week in London/Southampton in September/October

Looking at 4 nights and 5 days in England sept/october-ish.

Flying into London and departing from Southampton.

What are your recommendations to do and see in London and Southampton and/or in between?

Late 40's healthy couple. Love history, site seeing.

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Here are some good suggestions from this very website for your time in London. Frequent trains to Southampton leave Waterloo Station and take a little over an hour. I don't know what's to see and do in Southampton, but nearby Salisbury has a great medieval cathedral, and nearby Portsmouth has museums focusing on naval history.

Your question seems to suggest that you haven't been to London before, and there's a great deal to see and do there. So I'd recommend spending the whole time in London and taking that train to arrive when you need to be in Southampton -- for a cruise, I hope -- lucky you! ;-)

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Thanks for advice. Correct. First time in London.

Your advice is probably exactly what we should do. I just always feel like we're going to be in London multiple times in thr future and be able to see it all over time. and want to try and see much of the country whenever we can.

I kind of felt like this might be one of the few times that we'd be in the southern part of England. But yes if we see all of London now we can always just use it as a hub in the future

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We found the SeaCity museum to be quite interesting in Southampton.

We've been to Portsmouth multiple times as my sister lives there. Only the one to time Southampton. I'm generally not a huge fan of naval history, but on our 5th visit to Portsmouth, we took the dive and did the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - we lucked into a weekend online special on the tickets - I think it was buy one get one half off or buy one get one free (because with our Canadian dollar at a poor exchange rate, it had always been an expensive prospect). If you do decide to go, check into getting the tickets online - even if there is no special, there is still a 10 or 20% discount (or there used to be). We spent about a half day there - the highlight being the Mary Rose, which I guess is now even better as the Mary Rose is now not behind a big wall (it was drying out and still being preserved when we were there in 2015).

Depending on how many days, we also enjoyed visiting Arundel Castle, which was about an hour train ride from Portsmouth. I think you can stop there as well from London - I know we always pass by it when we train to Ports.

Edit to add - we also enjoyed visiting the Royal Garrison Church in Ports. Most likely because the custodians the day we were there were super chatty and very knowledgeable - I think we spent almost an hour there just hearing stories from the custodians...