Southampton is famous for its shipbuilding and during the Middle Ages was the town’s main industry, and from 1904 to 2004 the city’s major employer was Thorneycroft ship building yard repairing and building ships that were used in the two world wars. During the two wars Southampton was the No. 1 Military Embarking port receiving POWs and wounded soldiers; today it receives luxury cruise ships from around the world.
Southampton has excellent education institutes; The University of Southampton, Southampton College of Further Education, good Secondary and Primary Schools and a Special School.
The strong economy in Southampton is promoting major projects and redevelopment which will include the building on the waterfront of the city’s first skyscrapers with smaller apartment block, shops and office blocks surrounding them, and a proposed hotel to be built at the marina. According to statistics £4.2 billion is contributed to the region’s economy annually the majority of this figure coming from the service sector the remainder from the city’s industry.
Southampton has many historical and tourist attractions which include the longest surviving medieval walls in England, Southampton Maritime Museum, Tudor House Museum, an archaeology museum, Medieval Merchant’s House, Sea City Museum and in September each year the Southampton Boat Show is held with more than 600 exhibitors. It is held at the Mayflower Park at the waterfront. The city has art galleries, theatres and is host to many open air live bands and shows.
Southampton Football club affectionately known as ‘The Saints’ are in the Premier League and their home ground is St Mary’s Stadium which they moved to 2001 from their former stadium ‘The Dell’ after 103 years. The team were the winners of the FA Cu p in 1976. Southampton also has a cricket club, men and women’s amateur rugby club, hockey club, yachting and water sports clubs.
Southampton has excellent transport links to all over the UK. M27 motorway lies north of the city, M3 motorway links London to Southampton. National Rail & Rail Network serve Southampton for passengers, docks and freight the city’s main train station is Southampton Central with routes to London, The Midlands, and further North. Local trains are service by South West Trains which link the city with the surrounding areas. The city has a good public bus service that operates around the city and Southampton suburbs. Southampton airport is based north of the city offering flights to UK and Europe and also has a train directly into the airport station (Parkway).
Southampton is a desirable and thriving city with a lot to offer, making property investment in Southampton an ideal investment.