The world's oldest bowling green
Southampton Old Bowling Green is the oldest in the world. It has continuous records of its use dating back to 1299. Every August a competition is held here for the Knighthood of the Green and the winner is called "Sir" within the club.
"My home for a year"
I lived in Southampton for a year between Sep 1999 and Sep 2000, while I did my MA at Southampton University. I lived in halls just off the Avenue, which was very convenient, both for my campus and for the town centre.
I was very lucky, as just over the road was Southampton Common, a lovely park to roam around in, which also contains the Old Cemetery.
Southampton's a really nice place for the visitor as well - plenty of good shopping, lots of historical sites to visit, and easy to relax in. It is absolutely full of parks and green spaces; great for a bit of a sit down before you move on, or a place to lie around and enjoy the sunshine, or even somewhere to take a picnic.
Southampton - my home for 3 years.
"Dirty Old Town"
I used to live in Southampton while i was at University and stayed to work for six months after my inevitable failure to do any studying.
It's a rough industrial town on the Solent next to the New Forest. It's a pretty grim place and i can't see them having too many tourists but there are a few little places hidden away that are worth a visit.
There's a large student population and these mix uneasily with the rather parochial local population, friday nights can be a battleground but most people just want to get hammered and have a good time.