You’ve arrived in Southampton, a city in Hampshire, England, noted for its association with Titanic, the Spitfire, and as one of the departure points for D-Day. Today, it’s also widely recognised for being a great place to get an Afternoon Tea in Southampton.
Located near the famous New Forest, this area has much to offer visitors from far and wide. Why not find out for yourself today? You won’t be disappointed.
Evidence indicates that people have inhabited the area of modern-day Southampton since the Stone Age. A Roman settlement existed here from around 70 CE, which at the time was a vital trading port and defensive outpost of Winchester. Centuries later, the Anglo-Saxons formed a new, larger settlement known as Hamwic.
Viking raids from 840 resulted in its decline. However, following the Norman Conquest of 1066, Southampton recovered and developed into a major port.
In 1338, Southampton suffered significant damage following an attack by French, Genoese and Monegasque ships. A decade later, the Black Death reached England via merchant vessels stopping at the town.
Thankfully, its luck changed during the Georgian and Victorian periods when its expansion brought about a new era of tourism. Today, little has changed, with several great Afternoon Tea Southampton venues well worth visiting.