Hotels in the West End of Southampton place you in a ‘village’ atmosphere, with leafy drives and a peaceful atmosphere. It’s a fantastic holiday base for kids, with easy access to Itchen Valley Country Park’s nature trails, the aerial rope adventure course at Go Ape, and Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, where kids can bounce till they drop.Visit Riverside Park from your hotel in Swaythling. It’s 23 hectares by the River Itchen where you might be lucky enough to spot salmon, water voles, kingfishers and otters. There’s no shortage of activities either, with football and cricket pitches, tennis courts and a skate park to savour.If you’re interested in Southampton’s history, choose from hotels in Netley. Visit Netley Abbey, England’s most complete surviving abbey to have been built by the Cistercian Monks, which features Medieval ruins in a beautiful wooded setting. Solent Sky Museum is nearby, tracing the history of aviation in Southampton.Hotels in Ocean Village are perfect for couples who are interested in the romance of the sea. Pick from all sorts of cruises leaving close by, including yacht trips, the chance to charter a boat and companies that will teach budding sailors the basics.Visiting Southampton for its active reputation? Stay in a hotel in Bassett to be near Southampton City Golf Course, a famously friendly club that’s been around since 1935. In Bassett, you’ll also be close to The Outdoor Sports Centre. Here you can participate in walking football, netball and tennis, or take on the Powerhouse.