Nowhere in the world was more devastated by the sinking of the RMS Titanic than Southampton.

A hundred years after the gigantic liner set sail from its harbour on the south coast, Southampton’s Sea City Museum opens this month in a former magistrates’ court. The museum recounts the stories of more than 500 households in the city that lost family members in the tragedy – among them Edward Smith, the captain who followed his ship down to the icy depths of the Atlantic. Exhibits on display include a steward’s watch that stopped minutes before the Titanic sank and a menu nabbed as a memento before the ship fatefully steamed off over the horizon. There are also exhibits from other key episodes in the city’s maritime history on display – from Saxon jewellery to intricate model ships that French prisoners of war made out of bones during the Napoleonic Wars.

How do I make it happen?
Southampton’s Sea City Museum opens on 10 April (admission £8.50).

Direct trains run to Southampton from London Waterloo (from £40) and Cardiff Central (from £15).

Stay at the Pig Hotel, a country house set in verdant grounds in the New Forest, a short drive outside Southampton (from £125).