Eastleigh is a great place to visit while exploring this part of England and there is plenty for things to see and do. The railway town of Eastleigh is an exciting place to stay if you are interested in visiting the Hamble Valley in the Eastleigh Borough of Hampshire. Although not far from Southampton, the allure of staying in Eastleigh for its laid-back setting is popular.
The Hamble River cuts a path right through Hamble Valley and is extremely popular with boatmen and fishermen, while Hamble Village is a wonderful place to spend some time watching the boats and visiting the many pubs and restaurants found here. There is so much history in the Hamble valley with the 13th century Gothic ruins of Netley Abbey, the nearby Netley Chapel, and the only working windmill in the county at Bursledon.
Eastleigh is also connected with Spitfire, the famed fighter-bomber that helped win the Battle of Britain. It was built nearby in Southampton and first flown to the Eastleigh Aerodrome which is now the Southampton International Airport.
There are also several worthwhile attractions in the town center including Eastleigh Museum, Eastleigh Town Hall and the Beatrice Royal Gallery. Shopping here is a good experience with the Swan Shopping Centre and its undercover high street stores, while nearby Southampton is the place to head for nightlife. Housed in the old Salvation Army Citadel and only recently converted into a museum, Eastleigh Museum recreates how the Victorians used to live.
For those into arts, the Point Dance and Arts Centre in the Victorian town hall has a diverse calendar of programs throughout the year including traditional dance, opera and film. The Fleming Park Leisure Centre in Eastleigh has a wealth of fitness and sporting facilities, including a gym, golf, aerobics, cricket, badminton, tennis, squash, and two swimming pools.