The Southampton Pocket Guide 2020

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Southampton Pocket Guide. The official guide to Southampton packed full of reasons to visit the city. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, visiting with family or friends, here for a day or for a week, we’ve filled this pocket guide with reasons to #visitsouthampton and what’s not to be missed.

Well known for its maritime history and being the Cruise Capital of Europe, Southampton has also become rich in culture, the arts and entertainment, with numerous galleries, museums, music venues and theatres.

It’s also become a thriving hub of places to shop, dine, drink, and be entertained. With everything you could want from well-known brands to unique independent shops. There’s a restaurant to suit every taste-bud and a buzz of things to do and places to explore. In 2020 Southampton’s ever-growing offering continues to expand with the opening of the Bargate Quarter, which will combine the city’s proud history with modern-day living. You’ll also discover a wealth of celebrations throughout the year as part of the Mayflower 400. For more information and to find out what’s on during your stay visit The Southampton Guide on social media and discover your own reasons to #visitsouthampton



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Whether you’re flying into Southampton Airport, waiting to board a cruise ship, or here on business, your whirlwind visit to the city can easily become a few hours of sights and delights! Southampton is full of quick discoveries for those brief visits, and the rest is just another reason to return!

St Mary’s Stadium. The home of Southampton Football Club (Saints) runs 90 minute guided tours of the stadium on non-match days. Take a look at the dressing room, warm-up room and players tunnel, and discover some interesting facts you might not have known about the ‘beautiful game’!

Fill those spare few hours taking in the history of the city. The newly opened God’s House Tower arts and heritage venue unveils Southampton’s dark history and takes you on a journey from the 14th century to the modernday. The Tower Tour can be seen within 30-minutes and completes itself with stunning views of the city from its roof-top. You’ll find God’s House Tower opposite Town Quay, just a short walk from the ferry and cruise ship terminals.

As well as sights, activities, and shopping, Southampton is filled with great places to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a well-earned coffee, or something stronger! Oxford Street is home to a host of restaurants, bars, and cafes that reside in beautiful historic buildings. Discover the street’s links to the Titanic while enjoying a great atmosphere.

If you have a couple of hours to fill on a Saturday and happen to be a football fan, or simply have a curiosity for behinds the scenes of the sport, then take a short 15-minute walk from the city centre to 6

Of course, if you’re keen to grab a few new threads while in the city, Westquay Shopping Centre offers over 100 retail stores under one roof. It’s also home to a wide selection of restaurants and the Showcase Cinema De Lux if time allows for you to catch a film in style!

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WE’VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH WELCOME BACK! Southampton may look a little different but it’s still the same at heart. The city has worked hard to make sure it’s a safe place and ready for you to enjoy. SO welcome back.


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Enjoy small plates of delicious Thai food and Tropical Island Cocktails in a vibrant and intimate setting. You’ll find 3 Mangos in Southampton: Portswood: the original Mango – boho student quarter Above Bar: city centre, close to Mayflower Theatre and Guildhall Ocean Village: 5 minutes walk from the marina and Red Funnel Terminal







Welcome to the White Star! We are an award winning restaurant and bar with 14 beautiful bedrooms. Expect a warm and friendly welcome from Bridget and the White Star Team, we see you as part of our family! Located in the heart of Southampton, we are surrounded by art, culture, maritime heritage and

have a cosmopolitan atmosphere right on our doorstep. Central to a vibrant and energetic scene at the weekend, this is a fantastic location for a city getaway, a chance to see Southampton’s sights and sounds at their finest. Book directly with us and receive the best rates.

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Looking to wet your whistle and grab a quick bite to eat? Here’s our guide to six blooming lovely pubs that make the perfect pit-stop!

6 BLOOMING LOVELY PUBS 1 The Duke of Wellington | Bugle StreetBuilt in 1220 London Road Brewhouse | London Road 2 Rustic-chic microbrewery 3 The London | Oxford Street Lively entertainment he Juniper Berry | Castle Square 4 T Traditional English pub Dancing Man Brewery Town Quay | Fantastic pies 5 he Cowherds | The Common Based for a stroll 6 T afterwards SHARE YOUR REASONS TO VISIT #VISITSOUTHAMPTON

AN HOUR WELL SPENT • Discover 800 years of history at Tudor House and Gardens - 45 minutes • See Southampton’s aviation history at Solent Sky Museum - 1 hour • Unwind with a treatment or dip in the pool at Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour - 30 minutes • Relax with a drink and take in panoramic views at HarBar on 6th at the Harbour Hotel - 30 minutes • Enjoy an ice-cream and watch the passing ships at Mayflower Park - 15 minutes • Feel inspired at Southampton City Art Gallery - 30 minutes 11


• Take in views from the tower at newly opened God’s House Tower arts and heritage venue - 30 minutes

FAMILY ADVENTURE MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY HOUR IN SOUTHAMPTON, HERE ARE SOME ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN ENJOY WITHOUT HAVING TO CLOCK-WATCH. There is loads of family-friendly fun to be found in Southampton. From energetic trampolining at Oxygen Freejumping or Flip Out, to plenty of space to run around with over 50 parks and green-spaces found in the city. If you’re looking for some things to do as a family, then why not head to Hollywood Bowl or enjoy a family film at one of the city's cinemas, such as Cinema de Lux, found in Westquay. You may also want to challenge yourselves by trying one of Southampton’s Escape Rooms and see if you can solve all the clues in time! If you prefer to sit back and relax while the children play then you’ll love the selection of soft play centres in the city. Jungle Jean’s has all the favourite’s for up to 12’s and even sensory play for the really little ones. Monkey Bizness is filled with huge play frames, games, machines, slides, and plenty more to keep up to 12’s entertained, and the newly opened Injoy incorporates soft play, interactive room, climbing wall and trampolining all under one roof. It’s not just about fun for the little ones, there’s plenty for older children too. 1st Base in East Street brings you a Baseball experience like no other. Using state-of-the-art technology you can now step up to the home plate and bat like any Major League Baseball star, great fun for over 10’s. For families who enjoy more of a cultural experience, catching a family show at The Mayflower Theatre will be the perfect way to spend a memorable few hours together. With all that energy needed for entertainment, you’ll want to refuel at one of Southampton’s many familyfriendly restaurants or popular gelato bars.


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Make a day out in Southampton one the family will love! You’ll find loads of family-friendly activities to keep you entertained…

SeaCity Museum for interactive discovery Oxygen Freejumping to burn off some energy Genius Escapes or Sneaky Dog Escapes to get their minds working (from age 14) Houndwell Park for outdoor play Jungle Jeans, Injoy, Kids2day, or MonkeyBizness for indoor play Eling Tide Mill, situated on an artificial causeway on the edge of the city

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Come and visit one of the only Tide Mills in the world, still working and regularly producing flour • Visit the mill and watch the power Eling Tide Mill has stood at the of the tide turning our machinery. centre of life in Eling for centuries. Today the Grade II* listed tide mill • Explore our Discovery Room. (c.1785), surrounding riverside walks • Stroll along the fully accessible and adjacent visitor centre and cafe board walks and pathways. form The Eling Tide Mill Experience. • Enjoy our mill café. 10% off For milling times, opening hours, with this admission prices and much more, advert elingexperience please visit our website.

After all that fun you and your little ones are bound to have worked up an appetite! Luckily there are plenty of familyfriendly restaurants to satisfy those hungry mouths!

7 CHILD-FRIENDLY FOOD STOPS 1 7 Bone | Portswood | Burger, fries and Capri-Sun for £3.95 2 The Stable | Cultural Quarter | Children’s pizza from £4.50 3 Bills | Westquay | All-day menu from £5.95 4 Byron | Westquay | The Mini Byron menu from £6.50 5 Zizzi | Westquay | 3-course children’s menu for £6.95 6 Gusto Lounge | Commercial Road | Drink, main & desert £7.95 7 B ella Italia | Above Bar and Hanover Buildings 3 courses and a drink from £5.99

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AN INSPIRATIONAL CITY The Cultural Quarter provides a vibrant, dynamic, cultural heart to the city. It is a creative hub of arts, heritage, entertainment, music, restaurants, bars, cafes, unique architecture and events, all centered around the Guildhall Square. Throughout the year you can expect numerous outdoor performances, festivals, digital art projects and large-scale installations. Studio 144 is a stunning new arts centre. Opposite you will find filmmakers City Eye and the John Hansard Gallery; a world-class contemporary art gallery and one of Britain’s leading public art galleries. The Cultural Quarter is also home to the Southampton City Art Gallery, which showcases the most important collection of 20th century british art outside the Tate, and Solent Showcase, Solent University’s own gallery filled with local art and exhibitions. For a mix between contemporary and traditional art, head over to God’s House Tower. The Mayflower Theatre is the largest theatre in Southern England and regularly hosts shows from London. Discover a world of classical, jazz, world and folk music at Turner Sims Southampton, performed by outstanding international artists such as Bill Frisell, Imogen Cooper, Cara Dillon, the Borodin Quartet, Omar Sosa, Chineke! and Welsh National Opera. Located at the University of Southampton.


CROWD PLEASERS If you’re visiting Southampton with a large group you’ll want to know the best activities, places to visit and entertainment for your crowd. Perhaps you’re celebrating a friend’s last weekend of freedom on a Stag or Hen party, or you are looking for some team-building experiences with friends or colleagues, whatever you’re reasons you’ll find plenty on offer! Popular for any group event, escape rooms are a fun immersive experience that will involve teamwork and some adrenaline-pumping fun! Southampton has a great choice of Escape Rooms with a huge selection of themes to suit the style of your group. Sneaky Dog Escapes have some of the best Virtual Reality escape adventures available, and Genius Escapes are designed to engage problem-solving skills and combine that with teamwork - you’ll need to use logic and common sense and think outside the box! With Solent water on the doorstep, a group sailing adventure could be high on the cards. With an option of charter companies available, you and your team could be taking on the challenge of a team-building sailing day, or for the more laid-back sailors, why not sit back and relax with a G&T on a luxury chartered sailing experience. The group adventures continue throughout the city. Take them into the trees at Go Ape Southampton, challenge them at Boulder Shack Climbing Gym, explore the coast on an adventure day out kayaking the choice is boundless! It’s not all about exhausting your group, don’t forget to feed and refresh them! Southampton has plenty of choice for bars and restaurants that cater perfectly for large groups. Cosmo in Westquay and JRC Global Buffet in the Marlands are ideal people-pleasers, with their huge selection of cuisines laid out buffet-style. Book a party package at 104 Southampton for beers, burgers and cocktails or enjoy your groups own personal cocktail maker at Bring & Mix Southampton.


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The Stage Door is Southampton’s only fringe theatre / cabaret venue programming exciting shows and events throughout the year. The venue is also available for hire for private parties, functions and rehearsals or training days.

With so many crowd-pleasers in the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Here are five top choices for group activities in Southampton.


Choose from one of the many Escape Rooms to test your skills Take to the water and relax or get hands-on during a sailing experience Master the Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure at Go Ape Southampton Discover the history within the city with a guided walk by the Southampton Tourist Guides Association Craft your own delicious creations with a Cocktail Masterclass at All Bar One

Every group needs to eat and you also want it to be an experience. So, here’s a selection of restaurants perfect for group dining with a little twist!


Treat yourselves to private dining at ‘Table 30’ in The Jetty, Southampton Harbour Hotel Fabulous Chinese food with the option to hire a private Karaoke room at Shanghai 1814 Discover quality Greek food and a friendly and inviting atmosphere at Georges Restaurant Fill up with all-you-can-eat Brazilian buffet and rodizio meat brought to your table at Casa Brasil Have a little of everything and share Italian tapas with friends at Bacaro in Ocean Village. 19


Southampton has a rich medieval and maritime history that creates a wealth of stories told across generations. Well known for its connection with the Titanic and remaining visible history with the Bargate Monument and Old Town Walls, you don’t need to go far before you uncover another moment in history. From the Bargate Monument to Town Quay, you’ll discover Southampton’s Old Town. Here you’ll find a history-lovers playground. Once a medieval gatehouse Southampton’s most iconic monument the Bargate, now acts as a gateway to the Old Town. This area of the city has over 90 listed buildings and more than 30 ancient monuments, with medieval wine vaults, an array of medieval churches, and fine Georgian houses and hotels.

Holy Rood church is another distinct landmark on the corner of Bernard Street, it was bombed in WW2 and the 13-tonne anchor from Southampton’s famous cruise liner, QE2 takes pride of place in front of the church which is dedicated to the sailors of the Merchant Navy. It’s not just the moments in time but the people that make Southampton so special. Jane Austen spent three periods of her life in Southampton; as a schoolgirl, as a young woman and as an adult when she, her mother and sister lived with her brother Frank Austen in a house near Southampton Castle. Southampton’s royal connections include Henry II who landed in Southampton in 1174, dressed as a pilgrim. In 1343 Edward III gave the bottom end of the city to his wife Queen Phillipa to start her new school, Queens College Oxford. Which is why the city has Oxford Street, College Street, John Street and Queens Park. 20

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“Most people think of Southampton as a modern city, they dont realise it has a history going right back to Roman times” CHERYL BUTLER


Uncover Southampton’s Stories and take a walk in historic footsteps • The newly opened God’s House Tower has been specifically restored with a series of exhibitions designed to bring the building’s unique history to life. • Join a See Southampton Tour! A 90-minute walking tour of the medieval town including the historic walls and vaults. • Tudor House Museum on Bugle Street opens up 800 years of history to explore. • SeaCity Museum tells the story of the city’s rich maritime history and connections with the sea, including the infamous Titanic. • Head down to Holy Rood Church and see the Titanic Crew Memorial, which was paid for by the subscriptions of friends and family of the crew. • Stop in The Grapes pub on Oxford Street, which dates to the 1850s. Four members of the Titanic’s crew famously stayed here too long and missed boarding the ship. • Dine in the Grand Cafe, situated in the historic South Western House, formerly a hotel where many of the wealthy guests stayed the night before the Titanic sailed. • Take a walk through the city’s parks and discover some of Southampton’s history with the Titanic Engineers Memorial and the Cenotaph. • Join the Southampton Tourist Guides Association on guided walks throughout the year starting at the Bargate 21

CELEBRATING SOUTHAMPTON’S HERITAGE Pear Tree 400 - Pear Tree Church is the oldest Anglican Church anywhere in the world - being the first church built (1618) and consecrated (1620) after the Reformation. Pear Tree Church still seeks to serve the people of Southampton and is celebrating its own 400th Anniversary in 2020. Plenty of events have been planned and they are currently looking for the couple, married in Pear Tree, who have been married the longest, and others celebrating significant anniversaries in 2020 to join them in a celebration of marriage. St Michaels 950 - St Michael the Archangel was founded in 1070 which makes it Southampton’s oldest functioning building. The 950th Anniversary celebrations began on Advent Sunday 2019 and will include notable Services throughout the year together with a series of International and National concerts starting February 2020 (Sundays 6.30pm) and will feature artists including: The Hartley Vocal Ensemble, The Zemlinsky Trio, Chloe Stratta & Anna Mclachlan, The Wessex Vocal Consort, Papagena, Cantores Michaelis, Andrew Hamilton, Celestial Sirens, Schola Nova Silvana and International Jazz & Blues Singer Joe Stilgoe.


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The 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from the UK to the New World takes place this year 2020. In 1620 the Pilgrims chartered the Mayflower to sail to the New World to escape religious oppression in England. They also bought a smaller boat the Speedwell, which was originally built in Southampton. Southampton was chosen as the rendezvous point for the voyage to America. The Mayflower sailed from London with about 70 people on board and arrived in Southampton about the 29th July where others joined her. The Speedwell was being refitted in Holland and began its journey on 1st August from Delft Haven near Rotterdam with less than 50 passengers aboard. On arrival at Southampton the ship had to have another refit at West Quay with money the Pilgrims could ill afford. As a result the group had to sell some of their belongings, food and stores, to pay Southampton its harbour and other dues. The party from both ships spent nearly two weeks in Southampton. At least one Southampton resident, John Alden, joined the emigrants as a cooper and it is possible that other Southampton families joined the Pilgrims at this time. The Speedwell and the Mayflower eventually sailed from Southampton for the New World on the 15th August 1620. Unfortunately The Speedwell begun to leak and was deemed too unreliable to attempt the crossing so all the people and stores transferred to the Mayflower. Keep up to date of Mayflower 400 events at


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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAYFLOWER ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMME 2 Feb - 5 July: Commemorations - display as part of the Southampton Stories exhibition at SeaCity Museum. Various from May 2020 onwards: SS Shieldhall Cruises - In The Footsteps of The Mayflower. 16 April –13 June: Displaced: Salon of Disability at Solent Showcase Gallery. 2 May –11 July: Mariner: A Painted Ship Upon a Painted Ocean at John Hansard Gallery. 5,12,19,26 June and 3 July 2020 (performances on 4 July): Come and Sing with Conchord Singers workshops and performances. 13 – 21 June: The Empathy Museum - A Mile in My Shoes at Westquay on the esplanade. 20 June- 31 Dec 2020: A Thriving Port: Southampton at the time of the Mayflower at Tudor House and Garden. 27 June 2020: Southampton and Hampshire in the Time of the Mayflower. 5 July 2020: Annual Peace Walk by Southampton Council of Faiths. 11 July - 23 Aug 2020: Wampum: stories from the shells of native America at SeaCity Museum. 18 July - 3 Oct 2020: In Search of a New World – Open Exhibition 2020 at Southampton City Art Gallery. 1 - 16 Aug 2020: Mayflower 400:In The Footsteps Of The Pilgrim Fathers guided walks starting at God’s House Tower. 5 - 7 Aug 2020: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The New World, Street Theatre with Sarah Siddons Theatre Company at Holyrood Church. 9-12 Aug 2020: Talking Through History: Voyages & Pilgrimages at God’s House Tower. 13-16 Aug 2020: Anniversary Weekend; including monument reveal, new musicals, commemoration event, parade of sail and visit from Wampanoag tribespeople. 22 Aug 2020: Hands of Love Four - The Journey at Guildhall Square. 11 – 12 and 17 – 18 September: Future Cargo at St Michael’s Square. 11 - 20 Sept 2020: Heritage Open Days in Southampton. 23 Oct 2020 - 30 Jan 2021: Shadow and Light exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery . 21 – 22 November: Turner Sims - New music commission. 26 - 28 November: Towers of Light / KRYT/ Illuminate. Finale light installations.



SOUTHAMPTON WILL FOREVER BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE NAME OF RMS TITANIC. The pride of the White Star line began her ill-fated journey from Southampton taking hundreds of local residents with her as members of her crew. 2012 marked the centenary of the tragic sinking of the ship and it was the year SeaCity Museum opened its doors to the public. START your Titanic trail at SeaCity Museum and explore the city’s historic connections with the ship. When you leave the museum, head for the Above Bar Street and ornate Titanic Engineer Officers’ Memorial in East Park (opposite the Cenotaph) unveiled in 1914 featuring a seven-foot high angel. Head down the QE2 Mile to Holy Rood Church and see the Titanic Crew Memorial, which was paid for by the subscriptions of friends and family of the crew.


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“We’re quite global in our historic outlook because we’re in place where people left from to go around the world” SPENCER BOWMAN METTRICKS

Oxford Street is where to head to next, passing the former Sailors Home (now Salvation Army Centre). Stop in the Grapes pub which dates to the 1850’s. Four members of the Titanic’s crew, including three brothers named Slade, famously stayed here too long on the morning of the ship’s departure. They arrived at the quayside as the ship was about to leave and were refused entry. Close by is the impressive South Western House, formerly a hotel where many of the wealthy guests stayed the night before the Titanic sailed. The Grand Cafe is situated in this historic building and a perfect stop for refreshments and to soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era. Finally walk down Canute Road to the Canute chambers, the former headquarters of the White Star Line, and see where the Southampton families anxiously gathered to await news of their loved ones.


RELAXATION Southampton can be an idyllic setting for relaxation with its waterfront views and green spaces. It can be the perfect place to unwind with a walk or bike ride through the parks, taking to the water by boat, or being pampered in one of the city’s luxury hotels. The city’s waterfront developments and marinas offer wonderful opportunities to sit back and relax and watch the sumptuous yachts go by. If nothing else then a simple stroll around the Maritime Quarter will relax and immerse you, with fabulous historical architecture to glorious views. Admire the seasonal changes in Queen’s Park and relax on a bench by the General Gordon Memorial, you may even catch a glimpse of a cruise ship as it passes by the nearby docks. Southampton offers a surprising amount of green space for a city. With East Park, Palmerston Park, Houndwell Park and Hoglands Park, all leading into one another you can walk the entire stretch of the city centre surrounded by relaxing green space. Take a picnic and sit amongst the well-manicured flower beds and discover some of Southampton’s history with the Titanic Engineers Memorial and the Cenotaph. Blissfully nestled between the waterfront and The New Forest National Park, the Waterside area from Totton to Calshot is full of small towns, picturesque locations and an abundance of things to do. Easily accessible from the city by the Hythe Ferry, car or numerous bus routes, it’s a place to unwind and relax away from the busy city centre. During the warm summer evenings, relax with a glass of wine and a bite to eat in the sunshine as you dine alfresco! You’ll find restaurants and bars across the city at Westquay, Oxford Street, and Ocean Village that spill out onto the streets, providing a great setting to unwind.

“Mayflower Park is lovely, because it’s simple and you can just go there and watch the ships coming in and enjoy the sunshine” RACHAEL BRAZIER THE PIG IN THE WALL


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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is a spectacular 200-acre woodland garden and narrow-gauge steam railway located on the edge of the Beaulieu River. World-famous for the Rothschild collection of rare trees and shrubs, Exbury is much more than a garden. Boasting an adventure play area, family wildlife trails and ponds teaming with fish. Plus art exhibitions, walking tours and a fantastic restaurant.

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You can’t beat a pamper day or spa treatment to help you relax. It’s just a case of finding the perfect place to replenish yourself.


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HarSpa at Southampton Harbour Hotel | Spa Rena Spa at Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour | Spa Limitless Float sensory deprivation experience | Treatments The Club at Best Western Chilworth Manor | Spa

Southampton’s Green City Charter is making Southampton a greener, healthier and more sustainable city. Do your bit for the city and for you!


Use your feet! Where possible walk around the city Cycle to your destination, it’s good for you and the environment Make use of Southampton’s public transport with bus, train, and ferry services If you need to use your car why not share with a friend or colleague. 29

CITY FUN Whenever you find yourself in Southampton you’ll find a city full of fun! With things to do all year round and special events, you’ll always be sure to find something exciting to do. Southampton hosts a number of festivals and music events throughout the year, from small intimate events to large scale festivals. Southampton Common plays host to Southampton’s retro festival Let’s Rock Southampton! This 80’s music inspired festival takes place on the 6th July with 80’s favourites such as Wet Wet Wet and Kim Wilde performing. In July, Hoglands Park welcomes the Southampton Mela Festival, which is an annual celebration of Modern and Traditional Asian Culture. On the 29-30 August, Southampton welcomes back Southampton Pride, a technicolour party in Southampton for the LGBT+ community and their family and friends. If you love live music then you’ll adore the music scene in Southampton. Where Craig David was born and bred, the city offers a host of great venues to see live music, from well-known acts at the O2 Guildhall Southampton to local talent at small venues such as Heartbreakers and the Joiners. In Autumn look out for Music in the City, which hosts free live music at venues across Southampton! It also doesn’t matter where in the city you find yourself, Southampton is thriving in all corners! North of the city centre, you’ll discover streets full of life with independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs, and open space. In the southern end of the city, you’ll find a maritime quarter of fine dining, waterfront views, trendy bars, and the heart of Southampton’s maritime history. Southampton Centre is abuzz with life day and night. Whether you choose to head to some of the copious bars, dine in one of the many restaurants, or recline back and take in a film at Showcase Cinema de Lux, there’s always plenty to do. 30

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What better way to spend an evening with friends than sipping cocktails together? Luckily there are plenty of venues to choose from to enjoy your favourite mix!

TOP 6 PLACES FOR COCKTAILS • Book a party package at 104 Southampton for beers, burgers and cocktails • Sip cocktails in style at All Bar One in Westquay • Enjoy live music whilst sampling the extensive drinks menu at Heartbreakers • Take in the Caribbean vibe and 2-4-1 cocktails at Turtle Bay • Enjoy your own personal cocktail maker at Bring & Mix Southampton. If it’s one thing Southampton isn’t short of it’s a microbrewery! These brew houses are great for groups with their huge selections of drinks, and often a brewery tour option to go alongside!


• Dancing Man Brewery housed in the historic building of the Old Wool House opposite Town Quay. • London Road Brewhouse in Bedford Place offers a trendy setting for a brewery. • Brewhouse & Kitchen in Highfield match every dish on their menu to a style of beer, they also love to cook with it! • Sadler’s Brewhouse & Barbecue at the top of London Road offers an extensive range of craft beer, cider and lager on draught and 60 bottled beers! • BrewDog has two floors and 18-taps of craft beer goodness! Found on Upper Banister Street Southampton. 31

LOCAL FLAVOURS Visitors to the city who love flavour are in for a real treat! Southampton is a diverse and culture-filled city with restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, cafes with mouthwatering homemade cakes and the finest coffee, brewery’s creating new sensations in ale, and bars mixing up flavoursome cocktails. Fuel your day with breakfast or brunch, the perfect way to begin your adventures in Southampton. Tuck into a buffet breakfast at Banana Wharf, enjoy a Mauritian breakfast at Lakaz Maman, brunch with a view of Ocean Village Marina at Maritimo Lounge, or enjoy gluten-free and vegan breakfast at Cafe Thrive. If you love nothing more than to treat yourself to an afternoon tea then you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice, with Halladay’s Tearooms in Bedford Place, The Grand Cafe on Terminus Terrace, and Southampton Grand Harbour, to name a few! It’s not just about dining out. If you like to create your own then head to the pedestrianised area at the Bargate monument on a Friday and Saturday from 9am-5pm to find local markets offering a selection of food stalls. You’ll also find a wide range of world food stores around the city selling Oriental, Polish, and Asian foods. If you prefer to shop vegan, zero waste and gluten-free then you’ll love Rice Up Wholefoods in Hanover Buildings. No matter where you are in Southampton you won’t be far from malt, hops and yeast being prepared to make it to your glass. With a variety of microbreweries and micropubs across the city, you’re just a stein away from a freshly brewed pint! 32

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With so much choice for dining out in the city, what better than local advice on where to eat! Here are what Southampton locals recommended…

RECOMMENDED BY LOCALS • La Tavernetta | Italian Civic Centre Road • Diego’s Rotisserie | Portuguese Bedford Place • Bills | European | Westquay • Turtle Bay | Caribbean Guildhall Square • Mango | Thai | Portswood, Above Bar and Ocean Village • La Baronia | Mexican | Portswood 34

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Established in 1975 we specialise in Ocean Liner Memorabilia including: Cunard, White Star, Titanic, P&O and many others. 78 Northam Road, Southampton Tel: 023 8022 7458 Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10.30am - 3.00pm Closed Wednesday and Sunday

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COASTAL EXPLORATION Southampton is a maritime city offering access to life on the ocean wave! Whether you’re enjoying a stroll along the waterfront, taking in the views of the Solent while enjoying a bite to eat, or heading out on the water yourself, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this coastal city. There’s nothing quite like watching those big ships when they are coming in and out of Southampton port. At Mayflower Park you can get up close to the liners, you’ll also find special events taking place throughout the year to celebrate the naming and arrival of new ships. One of the best ways to view the cruise ships is to join them on the water. Blue Funnel Cruises offer a variety of day cruises from Town Quay including Harbour Tours, River Cruises, Solent Cruises and a range of dinner and party options. The Hythe Ferry passes alongside the QEII Terminal offering a unique and close up experience of the magnificent liners. With superb views and easy access to the Solent, it’s no surprise that Southampton’s sailing scene is a huge part of this city’s life. You can even get out on the water on an organised boat tour with Blue Funnel Cruises, or learn to sail yourself with Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC). If you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker then you’ll want to try a RIB charter experience with Seadogz who run exhilarating RIB adventures all year round. Southampton is also home to the oldest active cargo-passenger steamship in Europe, the SS Sheildhall, with a cruise programme running between May and September for those who prefer a more gentle experience. A unique feature of the Solent is Calshot Spit, a mile-long sand and shingle bank that protrudes into Southampton water. A great spot to wave off those lucky cruise passengers, it’s home to Calshot Activities Center where you can try your hand at sailing, kite-surfing and other water-based activities. It’s also the base of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Tower and Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Station, 36

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who’s volunteer crew are on call 24/7 365 days a year to help save lives at sea. While in Southampton it’s a great opportunity to make the most of the access to the water and dip your toes in!


• Try a water-based activity with lessons at SWAC or Calshot Activities Centre • Grab an ice-cream and take a stroll along the waterfront at Mayflower Park • Dip your toes in the water while walking along the beach at Western Shore • Dine or enjoy a drink with a view of the sea at Gatehouse 1833 • Explore the water on an organised boat tour Of course there are also plenty of activities and events based around the water throughout the year.

WATER-BASED EVENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR • Round the Island Race 30 May • Cowes Week 8-15 August • Southampton Boat Show 11-20 September

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• Southampton Sailing Week 14-16 September



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Oxford Street is the home of independent dining and lifestyle in Southampton’s Maritime Quarter. This historic street radiates a vibrant atmosphere, with alfresco dining, lively bars and plenty to offer those looking for anything from a light lunch to an energised evening out. The Docks Coffee House 44 Oxford Street 023 8022 074

The Grapes 41-43 Oxford Street 023 8033 3220

The London Hotel 2 Terminus Terrace 023 8071 0652

Max’s Bar & Brasserie 40 Oxford Street 023 8022 5227

Simons Bar & Grill 35-36 Oxford Street 023 8022 4444

White Star Tavern 28 Oxford Street 023 8082 1990

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A BASE FOR EXPLORATION Southampton is a great base for discovering South Hampshire where family attractions, national parks and waterside villages are waiting to be discovered. With excellent road, rail, ferry, and public transport services allowing further exploration from this well-connected city. From historic Winchester and the maritime city of Portsmouth to the stunning New Forest National Park and the peaceful setting of Hamble Village. With the Red Funnel service providing regular car and foot passenger ferries to the Isle of Wight and the Hythe Ferry making it easy to visit the wonderful Waterside.


Discover the story of the motor vehicle, explore Palace House & enjoy seasonal events at Beaulieu. • Escape by the sea with a visit to Hurst Castle, you’ll find plenty there to see, do, and enjoy. • Wonder at native and past-native wildlife in their natural surroundings at the New Forest Wildlife Park. • Explore the acres of stunning gardens, find hidden play areas and ride the Steam Railway at Exbury Gardens. • Animal lovers will feel right at home with a day out to Marwell Zoo where you can explore 140-acres home to 1,200 animals.



Visit Henry VIII’s warship, The Mary Rose, located at Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth. Strategically positioned on Portsdown Hill, Fort Nelson is a historic monument and home to the Royal Armouries National Collection of Artillery. Get hands-on and interactive with science and technology at Winchester Science Centre. Head to the picturesque village of Hamble for boutique shops and crabbing on the quayside. Discover Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum on the banks of the Beaulieu River. Share your REASONS TO VISIT #visitsouthampton

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STAYING IN THE CITY Check out the map at the back of this guide to locate the accommodation providers.

Whatever your reason to visit Southampton, there is a style and price to suit all tastes and pockets, from budget toAccor Hotels offer budget to luxury hotels across the city. For more accommodation listings or if you are looking for special Cruise, Park & Stay Packages, Destination Southampton is able to offer a personal service to assist you with your unique requirements, visit Jane Austen celebrated her ��th Birthday�


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Located on the outskirts of Southampton in 12 acres of beautiful gardens, the hotel provides an ideal base in a convenient location to explore the city and surrounding areas. Recently refurbished, it offers excellent leisure and dining facilities or a place to relax and unwind. Best Western Chilworth Manor, Southampton SO16 7PT Tel: 023 8076 7333 | Email: No. of rooms


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Conveniently situated for Southampton City Centre Hunters Lodge is the ideal location. All rooms are ensuite non-smoking and cost inclusive of continental breakfast and VAT(20%). Licensed residents bar and lounge, FREE off road car parking and FREE WiFi. 25 Landguard Road, Southampton, SO15 5DL Tel: 023 8022 7919 Email: No. of rooms


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A warm welcome awaits you at this comfortable refurbished Victorian House. All rooms are ensuite. Ground floor rooms available. WiFI. Residential location. Close to City Centre; Cruise, Rail and Ferry Terminals; Universities and Hospitals. See map on last page. Free on site parking. Prices include Full English breakfast and VAT.

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TRAVEL IN THE CITY Travelling throughout Southampton is easy and with major links on land, rail and sea, the city is a great stopping off venue, no matter where you need to go. Bus services in the City Bus routes throughout Southampton are reliable, frequent and great value for money. You can travel from the city centre to all districts of the city and to outlying areas including Romsey and the New Forest. The CityLink bus service operates every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes during evening commuter hours) between Southampton’s Central station (South Side) and Red Funnel’s ferry terminals via the Westquay shopping centre. The journey time (Southampton Central < > Town Quay ferry terminals) is approximately 7 minutes. The following links will help you to plan your journey: | Details of all bus services above can be found at the My Journey website, a one-stop-shop for travel needs. Coach operators National Express coaches pick up at Southampton Cruise Terminal, the University of Southampton and the main coach station at Western Esplanade. Taxi cabs For peace of mind it is always best to prebook your taxi, enabling you to discuss a price and know that your driver is regulated by the Council. However, you may prefer the convenience of a private hire vehicle. The suggested Southampton Taxi companies are West Quay Cars, Radio Taxis and Aero Taxis all who have a long service history in Southampton. Hackney Cabs Licensed Hackney cabs, known as taxis, may be hailed, hired from a taxi rank or pre-booked. All vehicles have a roof sign plus a distinctive red and white licence plate on the rear and cars are white. Maximum fares for journeys within the city are regulated by the city council and a taximeter will be used. All drivers must wear or display their badge.




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Palmerston Park

Friends Meeting House

Royal South Hants Hospital (No A&E)

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St Mary’s Stadium

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Mayflower Cruise Terminal

Mayflower Cruise Terminal

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City Cruise Terminal Berth 101

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Leisure World and Odeon Cinema

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Ibis Budget Hotel

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Quay Connect

Southampton Centre

Hythe / New Forest 15 mins

Hythe / New Forest 15 mins

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QEII Terminal

The Cultural Quarter

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Ocean Cruise Terminal

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