Southampton Travel Guide

  • Southampton
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  • Walls Towards The Port
    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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


Southampton Hotels

Southampton Restaurants

  • French Cafe

    I was served at this French cafe in Southampton by French people which I was not expecting and was pleasantly surprised at the opportunity to practise speaking French. I have walked past many times and it always looks busy and when I had the opportunity in I went. There is seating indoors and newspapers to read and an outdoor seating area on the...

  • Wetherspoons in Southampton

    I called in this J D Wetherspoon pub for the Friday fish and chip special.Opening Times:Mon - Thu: 7am to 12amFri - Sat: 7am to 1amSun - 7am to 12amTaken from the website:'Pub HistoryThis Wetherspoon pub takes its name from its previous use as a bank. The building stands on the site of the centuries-old St Lawrence's Church, which was sold in 1923...

  • Excellent Curry House

    The Jewel In The Crown is an excellent Indian Curry House.We started going here, after a few pints after the football, many years ago. It has gone a bit more up market over the years, but I still like to think that they would let us in. Maybe we'll go again next season.


Southampton Nightlife

  • Pre-Match Boozer

    The Giddy Bridge is a fine establishment in the Wetherspoon’s chain.It’s an excellent boozer for a pre and post St Mary’s stadium drink. The staff are friendly and efficient. There are plenty of them, in their Saints t-shirts, on a match day; easily enough to cope with the huge looking queues of thirsty supporters.A very decent Guinness along with...

  • One For The Locals

    We used to descend on The Rover on a match day, as it was just a short walk up to The Dell. The landlord was a great bloke, an Evertonian.One season, as we were travelling down, one of the lads mentioned that he had left his sunglasses in the pub the previous season. When we arrived at The Rover and were supping our first pint, the landlord came...

  • 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...


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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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.

  • 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...


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 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;

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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.


Southampton Sports & Outdoors

  • St Mary's Stadium

    St Mary's Stadium is home to Southampton FC.It has an all seater capacity of 32,689 and is one of only a handful of stadia in Europe to meet UEFA's Four Star criteria.The club has been nicknamed "The Saints" since its inception in 1885 due to its history as a church football team, founded as St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association (or...

  • The Dell

    The Dell was the home of Southampton FC up until 2001, when the club moved to the new St Mary's Stadium.The Dell had its own unique atmosphere. It was a small ground, with a capacity of only 15,200, where the fans were in touching distance of the players. The Milton Road Stand was notable for its wedge-like appearance.I always enjoyed going to the...

  • 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...


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...

  • 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....

  • 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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