Southampton is the largest city in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England, and is situated 120 kilometres (75 mi) south-west of London and 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-west of Portsmouth.

Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the River Test and River Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area.

The local authority is Southampton City Council, which is a unitary authority.

The city is home to the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in England, as well as a number of museums such as Tudor House Museum, which is currently undergoing extensive restoration and improvement, Southampton Maritime Museum, God’s House Tower, an archaeology museum about the citys heritage and located in one of the tower walls, the Medieval Merchant’s House and Solent Sky, which focuses on aviation.

A Titanic Memorial Museum is planned. Having received half a million pounds from the National Lottery and interest from numerous private investors, the £28 million project is anticipated to open in 2012 — the 100th anniversary year of the tragic maiden voyage.

The museum is planned to be inside the western wing of the civic centre, where the old magistrates courts and the police station are currently located.

* France Le Havre, France (since 1973)
* Germany Rems-Murr-Kreis, Germany
* Poland Kalisz, Poland

Southampton is also a sister city of:

* United States Hampton, Virginia, United States
* People’s Republic of China Qingdao, People’s Republic of China (since 1998)

Region – South East England

County – Hampshire

Population – 234,100

Temperature (Celcius)
Jan – 7.8
Feb – 7.8
Mar – 10
Apr – 11.7
May – 16.1
Jun – 18.9
Jul – 20.6
Aug – 20.6
Sep – 18.3
Oct – 15
Nov – 10.6
Dec – 8.9
Average – 13.84

Websitewww.southampton.gov.uk

Time Zone – Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)

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