Southampton Travel Guide

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Southampton Highlights

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     Benny Hill, The Mayflower, Titanic, The Spitfire, The Red Devils 

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     Chavs. Too many of them. 

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Southampton Things to Do

  • Walking the walls

    We were lucky enough to find a leaflet in our hotel for 'Heritage Walks' in Southampton.They leave on Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays at 10.30am (June-Sept) and again at 2.30pm (July-Aug) from Bargate in the city centre and are FREE.The walks is scheduled to last 1.5 hours but you can leave whenever you wish and ours was more like 2 hours. It was...

  • Titanic Memorial

    The RMS Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Berth 44 at the White Star Line dock in Southampton at noon on 10 April 1912. Less than five days later, at 2.20am on 15 April 1912 she struck an iceberg. Although the ill-fated ship was actually built in Liverpool, most of the crew were Southampton men, and some of the survivors returned to live...

  • St. Michael's Church

    St. Michael's Church is the oldest church in Southampton. The original church was built in 1070, and the central Norman tower still remains, with its massive stone blocks and rounded arches.The church was originally cross-shaped, but in the late 14th Century the North Aisle was widened. In the 15th Century the South Aisle was similarly widened and...

  • The outside alternative

    The "sun" deck was a bit of a misnomer in the late May winds, but it was a lovely place to read or take a snooze, wrapped in your "blankie", by the solicitous steward..One of the big differences between a cruise and a transatlantic crossing is that there are no ports to share and a view of water that changes little from day to day. It seems to...

  • The Bargate

    The Bargate was the northern gateway to the old walled city. It was built in the twelfth century as the main entrance to the city and was the first part of the medieval walls to be constructed. Originally, it was a single archway, but It in the thirteenth century two round towers were added. The gate controlled who entered or left the city by land...

  • Dolphin Hotel

    The Dolphin hotel is the most historic hotel in Southampton. Originally a 13th century coaching inn, guests here have included Queen Victoria and Lord Nelson. Jane Austen attended dances here and William Makepeace Thackeray wrote part of his novel 'Pendennis' whilst staying here. Today it is a 3 star hotel with a pleasant bar and restaurant.


Southampton Hotels

Southampton Restaurants


    A terrific place for lunch, tea or dinner. Prices are particularly friendly at lunchtime with 2 courses for £10. Tea is served, often in the garden, starting at 2:30. It's a short drive from Southampton and can be found in the New Forest.. Brockenhurst.

  • Outstanding pub grub

    The Red Lion at Southwick is a great place to eat typical English pub food. It is housed in a whitewashed, eighteenth century farm building.Starters range from £5.50 to £8.50 and include Tiger Prawns and Smoked Salmon. Main courses are priced at £8.95 to £10.50. They include duck breast, rump of lamb and cod fillet, Their speciality is a sumptuous...

  • Authentic Chinese

    Pearl Harbour is my favourite Chinese restaurant in Southampton. It serves really authentic food and looks like a typical restaurant in Hong Kong. The dim sum is the best in the area and very popular with the local Chinese community.A set dinner for 2, including sweet corn and crab soup, spare ribs, sweet and sour prawns, chicken in black bean...

  • Country pub

    The Fox and Hounds is one of the oldest and most interesting country pubs in the Southampton area. At first they just served ploughman's lunches here and had a fine selection of English cheeses. As its popularity increased, the owner added the Lone Barn, which is the main restaurant area and where there is a much more sophisticated and varied menu...

  • Cheap pub meals

    This is the first J D Wetherspoon pub I ever went in. Now there are more than 640 of them all over the country, and they are still great value. There are cheap meals, which are better quality than in most other pubs. And, there is a great selection of real ales.

  • Drinksin the sun

    We only stopped here for a drink but the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. We sat outside on the lovely tables with sun umbrellas and the staff brought drinks out to us and even came out to take a picture of us when they saw we had the camera out.The places is called 'Latimers on the Quay' and is based opposite the Grand Harbour hotel....


Southampton Nightlife

  • Foreign language & independent films

    This is my favourite cinema in Southampton. It has a beautiful location, overlooking the marina, and It specializes in arthouse cinema and foreign language films. Right now, for example, it is screening a Korean film. All of the foreign language films have English subtitles.The cinema's cafe-bar, which has a great view of the marina and a sun...

  • Great Live Music

    This is one of the best music venues in the Southampton and around. It is located in Portswood. Most of the bands are tribute and what I like about it is the atmosphere and sound quality. Expect to pay normal town prices at the bar. You need to take a bus (and probably taxi home) to get here. Given the non-exciting night scene in Southampton this...

  • Concerts

    This could have been put under the 'warnings and dangers' title. While they do get some big names here (not very often it has to be said) this venue is quite poor and I'd think twice about seeing a band here, unless it was a band I really wanted to see. Firstly, the acoustics are appalling, then the issue of the toilets, which there clearly aren't...


Southampton Transportation

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    by iwys Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    There are flights from Southampton international Airport to Aberdeen, Alderney, Alicante, Amsterdam, Belfast, Bergerac, Brussels, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Geneva, Glasgow, Guernsey, Ibiza, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Jersey, Leeds, Limoges, Majorca, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Milan, Minorca, Murcia, Newcastle, Newquay, Paris, Salzburg, Sardinia, Tenerife, Toulouse and Varna. Intercontinental flight connections are through Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol airports.

    The airport is 4 miles north of the city centre. It can easily be reached by road or rail. There is a train station just 50 metres from the main terminal building. By road, leave the M27 at junction 5. The exit is clearly signposted. All of the main car rental companies have offices here. The airport bus from the city centre is no. 101.

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Southampton Shopping

  • City of books

    As befits a major university city, Southampton has more than 20 book shops. My personal favourite, and one of the easiest to find, is Waterstone's. If you are interested in reading more about the city, they sell a good selection of local interest books here, as does the main WH Smith store on the opposite side of the road.

  • The newest & biggest shopping mall in...

    I like West Quay. When it was opened, it was the biggest city-centre shopping mall in Europe. It's a 3-storey shopping mall, which is very spacious, very bright and has every type of shop. It is still one of the biggest shopping malls in Europe and it has all of the stores you need: Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Boot's, Waitrose, Next, Gap, Tower...

  • WestQuay.

    WestQuay is located in the heart of Southampton. You will find the 99 stores on the first 2 floors. On the top floor there are all the restaurants.There is an Abacus Activity Centre and Creche if you are coming with young children. For people with mobility problems, WestQuay's Shopmobility scheme provides a number of services including powered...


Southampton Local Customs

  • The Southampton Boat Show

    I would have loved to have gone to this, but seeing as I don't drive and the website for me isn't easy to navigate, the nearest I will be getting to go is on the bloody TV! This is so unfair, and when I rang the helpline, they said that they hadn't been given any travel information apart from what was on the site! Although you can take the train...

  • Rebuilding the town

    Southampton is under going a bit of a transformation right now. Half the town is a building site. Leave it until the year 2000 to visit as the work should be done by then and we'll have a lovely new shopping centre.

  • More local stuff to do

    Southampton 18 Plus meet every Wednesday at 8:30pm in the upstairs function room at "The Anchor" 61 Test Lane, Redbridge, Southampton 18 Plus is a nationwide social and activities organisation for young adults aged 18 - 36. It offers its members the chance to meet new people, make new friends and enjoy a wide range of weekday and weekend activities...


Southampton Warnings and Dangers

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    by biggeorge Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Southampton's a pretty tough place but the biggest trouble spot always seemed to be outside Canute's Pavilion by the marina. People would roll out of the pavilion , the boat parties , the Cork and Bottle and the Lucia Foster Welch student halls and end up having a giant dust up in the car park. The corner of the road outside the Cork and Bottle was particulary bad for punch ups and people getting glassed so its best avoided around kicking out time.

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Southampton Off The Beaten Path

  • 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.

  • The spiritual home of Brazilian football

    Charles Miller, the man who first introduced football to Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century, came from Southampton Football Club. You can see the club Miller played for at St. Mary's Stadium. Another player from that era, C.B. Fry, who played for Southampton in the 1902 FA Cup Final, was capped for England at Football and Cricket, held the...

  • St Leonard's Church

    St. Leonard's Church in Bursledon dates back to the twelfth century. When I was a boy, I sang in the church choir here.


Southampton Sports & Outdoors

  • The Rose Bowl

    The Rose Bowl is the new stadium for Hampshire County Cricket Club. It's also used for some international matches. It is one of the biggest cricket grounds in the country, with a capacity of 25,000 and a lovely setting, surrounded by green hills. In 2010 it hosted England internationals v Australia and Pakistan, and it 2011 it will be the venue for...

  • St Mary's Stadium

    St. Mary's Stadium is the home of Southampton Football Club. It has also been used for international matches. Southampton Football Club was founded in 1885 and by the early 1900s, led by the legendary C. B. Fry, they were one of the top football clubs in Europe, as witnessed by the fact that they defeated the full French national team 14-0. It was...

  • Shirley Swimming Pool

    Shirley swimming Pool -within easy walking or bike from most student housing- lane swimming at least three times a day, morning, lunchtime and evening. No leaping screaming kids!£1.80 a swim for students or a six month card for unlimited sessions for £70.00. Old, traditional four lane 25metre pool. Bit scruffy around the edges but it's the only one...


Southampton Favorites

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    by shrimp56 Written Mar 27, 2004

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    Favorite thing: A picture from a more innocent time.
    Sailing away on the Queen Elizabeth 2 with the World Trade Center towers in the distance.

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