Southampton Travel Guide

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    Walls Towards The Port
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    The harbour
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Southampton Things to Do

  • Cruise on SS Shieldhall

    Shieldhall is a Heritage steam ship and a flagship of the National Historic Fleet. Recognised to be the largest working steamship of her type in Britain and probably Europe, she serves as a tribute to Britain’s maritime heritage and a living reminder of the golden age of steam.Shieldhall is licensed to carry a maximum of 200 passengers, has a fully...

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  • Tudor House, little gem of history

    Tudor House is just down the road from the Bargate in Bugle Street opposite a church in a secluded square. Very interesting, you walk into the reception and it takes an hour to explore the house and gardens. First there is a show where you sit in a candlelit banqueting hall with fireplace and minstrels gallery. A history of the house is shown which...

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  • Above Bar Street

    Above Bar street is the main pedestrian shopping street, leading onto Bargate. There are many shops and pubs along the street and also the West Quay shopping centre.

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  • Southampton Maritime Museum

    This museum was a highlight of my time in Southampton. Located on the docks in a beautiful building dating back to the 13th century, the Maritime Museum features all kinds of naval paraphernalia. On the first floor, there is an extensive guide into the history of the Ordnance Survey as well as an area dedicated to items relating to the Titanic...

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  • Bargate

    Southampton's primary example of medieval architecture is the Bargate, a gateway which used to form part of the walled fortifications of the city in Norman times. Dating from 1180, the upper room is now used as an art gallery but in the past it was used as a prison and as the guildhall of the city. Unfortunately due to its city centre location, the...

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  • Royal Southampton Yacht Club

    The RSYC is one of the oldest in Britain, having received its Royal Charter in 1875. The Club moved to its present location in the Ocean Village Yacht Marina in 1988. The clubhouse includes a bar, lounge, and restaurant. There's also a full range of training facilities.

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  • Southampton Titanic Trail

    My middle daughter loves the sad story of the Titanic, and on our way back home from England to Holland we stopped in Southampton. This is were the Titanic left in 1912, and at the tourist information of this city you can buy a map of the Titanic Trail (only €0,50) It leads you to all the memorial buildings, the Maritime Museum (with a beautiful...

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  • The Red Lion Pub

    For those who appreciate a good pub the Red Lion should be your first port of call here. This is Southampton's oldest pub, and claims to be one of the oldest in England. It has miraculously survived the Victorian expansion of the city, the German WWII blitz and the subsequent onslaught of the post-war city planners.The distinctive black and white...

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  • The Medieval Merchant's House

    Tucked away on a back street running parallel to the city's High Street you might come across the town's oldest house (and indeed one of the oldest in England) amongst the non-descript modern housing that surrounds it. This sort of typifies Southampton's confusion with its past in that the building, originally constructed by a wealthy merchant,...

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Southampton Restaurants

  • Hey Vegetarians, don't miss!

    I was on a holiday to UK and happen to visit my friends at Southampton. We both are actually meat eaters, but we are used to vegetarian cuisines often. For the first time, we went to Indian Melody after reviews from Net and recommendation from friends of that area. We were greeted with warm and dishes also arrived after a nominal wait. We stared...

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  • Cosy restaurant

    This restaurant was used by us because the Travelodge Hotel did not have its own restaurant.There was a certain vibe about this place we liked.The food was excellent, the staff were very friendly and helpful.We could not fault Dock O' the bay and we will return here if we are in the area again.Wifi is free.Also rated by TA. I had the slow cooked...

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  • Great breakfast

    The Elizabeth House Hotel is a hotel in its own right but it opens its doors to non residents for breakfast.We did not stay here and I am unable to give you any idea of what the hotel is like but from what I saw, it looked very nice.The breakfast room was very well laid out and cosy, the breakfast itself was served hot and on hot plates and very...

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  • Relaxing bistro - with cheap wine

    Bleu (yes that's the right spelling) French for Blue Bleu is a bistro reaturant in the Dolphin Inn. The Dolphin is a hotel under the roof of a 17th centry old coaching inn, where Jane Austen danced in the ballroom (now dining -rooms) on the first floor. There is a little lane of boutique shops including a hairdressers- clothing and gift shop and a...

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  • Swish, Stylish and Deeeelish!

    It's always a good sign when a city centre restaurant is busy on a mid-week earlyish evening and especially so when it's an "Indian" restaurant here in the UK and it's nowhere near pub closing time!The Coriander Lounge is a new addition to the burgeoning multi-cultural Southampton eating-out experience (iit had only been open six weeks at the time...

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  • Fine dining - with a lunch voucher...

    Restaurant in the former ballroom of South Western Hotel, the Hotel where the "important" guests stayed before the Titanic sailed. The Hotel has been restored as apartments, and if you ask nicely, the owner of the restaurant will let you through to see the lobby. The restaurant itself is a lovely place to dine, the food is good. A bit expensive but...

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Southampton Nightlife

  • Soton shindigs!

    This is southamptons largest nightclub, comprising of 2 parts- Ikon and diva, which have separate entrances but which are also joined by internal doors. music varies but in general the harder house music is in Ikon, and the cheesier stuff in the smaller Diva. Saturdays its over 25's in diva, and only those with a hand stamp from the doorstaff will...

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  • Pubs and Bars

    On a Friday night, it a good place to go for a few beers with friends. Last time I went there (Jan 2004) there was 2-4-1 Drinks promotion, and we had a great night! They have a dance floor (if you're into that) and the atmosphere is relaxed. None (that I'm aware of)

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Southampton Transportation

  • From Train to ship

    We boarded the Southern Region train right underneath Gatwick airport and had a leisurely ride through some very pleasant green fields of Southern England. With an off peak fare of under 15 Pounds and a journey time of exactly 2 hours, it got us into Southampton at 13.00 hrs - just in time for lunch and in very good time for boarding the Cunard...

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  • Southampton buses: Wilts and Dorset and...

    I found the bus a good way of exploring the area around Southampton. An Explorer ticket is available that allows unlimited travel on the network of Bluestar and Wilts & Dorset for a 24 hour period. I was able to travel from Southampton to Lymington, on to Beaulieu, back to Lymington and then back to Southampton in a day. The ticket costs £7 and is...

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  • Southampton Airport (Parkway) Train...

    The easiest way to/from the airport is by train from the 'Southampton Airport (Parkway)' station. The airport has the shortest plane to train connection of any airport in Europe (apparently 99 steps).Trains to Southampton city centre and beyond run quite regularly.Trains to the city centre depart from the platform on the airport side (i.e., don't...

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Southampton Shopping

  • Great for weekend wandering

    Leisure World is on West Quay Road and has an IMAX Cinema, 2 Italians restaurants and 2 clubs called Ikon and Diva.

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  • FOR THE PLEASURE OF SHOPPING

    WestQuay makes Southampton the premier shopping destination for the region, with some of the finest shops and restaurants in the South. Among the wide range of fashion and lifestyle retailers, are John Lewis, Waitrose and a major Marks & Spencer, Gap, H&M Hennes, Jane Norman, Tower Records and Monserrat, complemented by stores such as Next,...

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Southampton Tourist Traps

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    by northeast80 Written Aug 1, 2012

    The central multi-storey car park is very expensive; £8 a friend paid when she was there for a few hours!
    When I was there (July 2012) we parked at the, slightly out of town, Leisure World, West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1RE instead. Whilst there was a man in a box trying to take money we just said we were going to watch a film (which we were as well as go to the centre) and he let us go by and park round near the side of the cinema for free all day.

    To walk to the centre from here head out to the main road, the A33, cross over towards Ikea and cut through the car park (there's a proper path) out to the next road , Harbour Parade, and you'll see The Quays shopping Centre and the old city walls (which are always good to explore). Then you're in the centre, easy. It takes about 15 minutes walking, it was 30+ degrees C when we were there so not fast walking.

    Unique Suggestions: For the most up-to-date local car parking info visit the government website for alternatives within the city centre;
    http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-environment/roadsandparking/parking/carparks.aspx

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Southampton Off The Beaten Path

  • Hilliers Arboretum and gardens;...

    These gardens /arboretum are situated 5 miles north of Southampton, just east of the quaint market town of Romsey. The gardens are well signposted. The arboretum covers more than 50 acres and include stunning set gardens and one of the largest tree and shrub collections in England. The gardens host a variety of different exhibitions during the year...

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  • Marwell Zoo

    Some miles to the north between Southampton and Winchester is Marwell Zoo. Opened in 1972, it was one of the earliest zoos in Europe to place an emphasis on animal conservation and is considered one of the leading institutions in that field. It is best known for its large collection of ungulates and also its unique style of enclosures.Hampshire...

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  • Calshot Beach

    The area near Calshot contains a wealth of things to see and do. Calshot Castle is a part of Henry VIII coastal defences sited on a coastal sand spit near the deep water channel at Southampton Water, Calshot Activity Center offers a wealth of over 400 courses for all levels of study.

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Southampton Sports & Outdoors

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    by DUNK67 Updated Sep 24, 2004

    Name
    Southampton
    Nickname
    The Saints
    Stadium
    St Marys Stadium
    League Play In
    Premier League
    Honours
    Home Kit
    Red and white striped shirts, black shorts
    Away Kit
    Yellow shirts, blue shorts, yellow socks

    St Marys just looks like the same as any of the other new breeds of Stadia that has built in the last few years, having said that the views are great as they are uninterupted.

    Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
    Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.

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Southampton Favorites

  • Southampton's Parks

    Although the casual visitor might find the city to be nothing but a ring road, a couple of shopping malls, a High Street full of National chains and of course the multi-storey car parks to service all these a little further wandering revrals the whole eastern side of the city centre to be public parks. In fact green spaces account for about a third...

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  • Above Bar - Below Bar

    You'll find that the town centre is often referred to as being two distinct entities - the half which is "above bar" and the other half "below bar". This doesn't refer to the strategic siting of one of the pubs (HaHa!) but rather the old town's Bar Gate in the middle of the High treet which was the northern entrance to the Medieval walled town....

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  • Southampton Castle

    In its early days as a port Southampton would have been at least semi-fortified, especially as its main import was wine from the continent. It's first recorded castle was that built by the Normans, around 1150. This was originally a simple motte and bailey affair - a sronghold built on top of a raised mound - which became a major stone-built...

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