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24 Hours in Southampton Welcome to the latest edition of the Southampton Pocket Guide. We’ve given the format a revamp and refreshed the concept but our aim remains the same. We want you to get the best out of your visit to the city – so whether you are here for an overnight business trip, a day in the city or you are staying for longer, we’ve got all the information you could need in a handy pocket guide filled with recommendations for how you can spend your time in Southampton.
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for more details. Southampton is the greenest city in Southern England. Located near to the Old Town are seven formal parks that were originally common land where the medieval townsfolk grew crops and grazed their animals and they were converted into elegant parks in the early Victorian period.
How to Use this Guide 24-hours in Southampton is divided into four sections with personal recommendations from the locals and quirky insights into the city.
Itinerary 1 Morning 8am to 12 noon
2014 will see Southampton celebrate its 50th anniversary of becoming a city and there will be many events, celebrations and festivities throughout the year.
Itinerary 2 Afternoon 1pm to 5pm
Itinerary 3 Early Evening 5pm to 8pm
As a thriving hub of arts, culture and entertainment, a popular shopping destination, historic city and the Cruise Capital of Europe – there are plenty of activities to make your visit a memorable experience.
Itinerary 4 Nightime 9pm to 3am
How to spend a day in Southampton
Southampton – A base for Exploration
So go on – turn the page and start to discover what you can see in a morning, how to fill an afternoon, make the most of early evening and enjoy after dark in the city.
Getting to and Around Southampton
Staying in Southampton
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6. Harbour Lights Cinema – life on the waterfront.
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5. Regency splendour – the city boasts some iconic buildings.
9. Mayflower Memorial – near the Mayflower Park where the Pilgrims left for the New World.
4. Titanic Memorial – many Southampton families were deeply affected by the loss of the Titanic.
8. Bargate – probably the city’s most famous landmark, at one time this was the main entrance and exit to the north of the city and it dates back to Norman times.
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3. St Mary’s Stadium – the Saints, Southampton’s premiership team, is followed across the globe.
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2. Containers – Southampton docks is home to the UK’s second largest container port.
7. Cruise liner – Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe each year more than one million passengers arrive and depart from the port.
1. Sea City Museum – cutting edge new buildings sit close to the iconic Civic Offices. Southampton’s clock tower stands156 feet high.
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The Year Ahead 23 March Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile. Mass participation event for people to run 1, 3 or 6 miles in aid of Sport Relief. City Centre
19 February Glow in the Park. Glow in the dark sponsored run Southampton Common
27 April – 5 May Moscow State Circus The greatest and most famous circus visits Mayflower Park.
April Vaisakhi City Centre
June - August Community Fairs Various
17 – 27 April Easter Fair. Traditional fair with popular market on Bank Holiday Monday. Southampton Common
27 April Scouts St George’s Day Parade. Annual parade with scouts in uniform. Guildhall Square
April 24 – May 24 Tonight at 8.30 – Nuffield and English Touring Theatre present the first major revival in the UK of all nine one act plays by Noel Coward.
7 June Holi One Festival Thousands of people, dressed in white, come together to share music, dance, performance art and visual stimulation. Mayflower Park
14 June EjectorSeat Arts Festival Free event showcasing local music and art talent. Palmerston Park
See www.discoversouthampton.co.uk for a more up to date list of what’s on.
5 & 6 July Thai Festival. Experience the tastes and sounds of Thailand. Hoglands Park
30 June – 31 August Architect Ensemble Plays and performances in temporary open air stadium. Guildhall Square
6 July Race for Life. Cancer Research UK 5k/10k run. Southampton Common
1 July – 31 August Football’s Coming Home The Nuffield Theatre and the city celebrate their 50th anniversary and will be hosting a celebration like no other. www. nuffieldtheatre.co.uk
21 – 25 August Bank Holiday Fair. Traditional fair with popular market on Bank Holiday Monday. Southampton Common
12 – 21 September PSP Southampton Boat Show. Largest on water Boat Show in Northern Europe. Mayflower Park 4 & 5 October Music in the City. Music in Unusual places returns and the free event attracts thousands of visitors over the weekend. Various Venues in the City Centre
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22 June Bedford Place Street Party. Celebrating the city’s 50th anniversary with the Hampshire Farmers Market, Vintage vehicles, music and street party Bedford Place
29 June Big Fun Run.5k. Southampton Common
12 July Let’s Rock Southampton. 80’s Music Festival featuring original 80’s bands! Southampton Common
12 July Mela Festival. Annual free festival focussing on south east Asian culture attracting 25,000 visitors. Hoglands Park
21 September Global Ocean Race. Start of 30,000-mile roundthe-world Global Yacht Race 2014. Mayflower Park
15 October Oasis of the Seas. The second largest cruise ship in the world visits Southampton Waterfront
27 July Southampton Sky Ride Mass participation cycling event in the city centre attracting 12,000 participants. City Centre
9 November Remembrance Service Annual Service. Cenotaph
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Morning 8am to 12 noon Rise and Shine – there’s plenty to fill your morning in Southampton. If you like to start the day with a spot of exercise, there are leisure centres, parks, swimming pools and the green expanse of Southampton Common where you can work up a sweat.
Did you know? The world’s oldest surviving bowling green is the Southampton Old Bowling Green which was first used in 1299.
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Get Up and Get Fit! The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex offers amazing facilities, featuring a first-class gym and two fitness studios, with a great family fun pool, complete with whirlpool and jets so kids will be occupied in the water for ages. Bitterne and Chamberlayne Leisure Centres also boast state of-the-art gym facilities and a wide range of indoor activities from swimming, gymnastics I’ve only and racket sports to martial arts and exercise got a couple classes. of hours in Southampton Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre is home – where to an international standard athletics facility, should I go? two synthetic sports pitches, 12 tennis courts, an incredible cyclo-cross track and a vast number of football and cricket pitches, this is the perfect place for serious sports enthusiasts and recreational users alike.
Whether you’re into canoeing, sea kayaking, power boating, dinghy-sailing or fishing, you can get active on the water at the WoodmillOutdoor Activities Centre and Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) and be part of Southampton’s incredible maritime heritage. Visit www.activenation.org.uk and click on the Your Venue section.
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Southampton has always enjoyed a great relationship with sport. Olympians Tom Daley, Pete Waterfield and Rob Tobin as well as Commonwealth gold medallist Max Brick use the city’s training facilities.
much fun at Southampton’s Alpine Centre. With mixed ability sessions, you can take part from the age of four. Snow blading and snowboarding are for the more daring and the centre has facilities for Donut parties too. www.southampton-alpine-centre.co.uk
Tee time Southampton Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole course open to all, with sessions for adults, seniors and juniors throughout the week. A 9-hole option is also available. Facilities include the Clubhouse restaurant and bar, a retail outlet and practice ground. www.mytimegolf.co.uk
Parklife Southampton is the greenest city in Southern England. Located near to the Old Town are seven formal parks that were originally common land where the medieval townsfolk grew crops and grazed their animals. They were converted into elegant parks in the early Victorian period and today they provide the perfect space for brisk morning walk away from the hustle and bustle of the waking city.
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Paulina Jasinska, 23, from Southampton, said:
“I love to take my children to the parks – they are a safe place where children can run around. We have a lot of fun playing hide and seek. “I like to walk the medieval walls and Ocean Village is great to visit too.”
After all that activity, you are probably thinking about breakfast… Then visit one of the city’s museums... Based at the heart of Southampton, Sea City Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea.
If you are not eating breakfast in your hotel, check out the city’s many independent cafes and restaurants. At Pitcher and Piano at Ocean Village you can enjoy breakfast with a view. Perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast reading the papers,the restaurant looks out over the marina. Hallidays in Bedford Place has also built a great reputation for its breakfasts, while the White Star Tavern in Oxford Street remains a favourite – check out the drop scones, maple syrup and crispy bacon.
Did you know? Southampton was named the fry up capital of Britain in 2012 – with more cooked breakfasts served up in the city than anywhere else. The Great British Breakfast report showed more than a quarter of residents liked to start the day with a traditional fried breakfast compared to the national average of just 10 per cent.
Southampton was deeply affected by the Titanic disaster with more than 500 households losing a family member. The exhibition tells the stories of many of those crew members who were on board for the illfated inaugural journey from Southampton. The centre-piece of this gallery features a 1:25 scale, interactive model of the Titanic, showing the intricate layout of the vessel. The museum also tells the story of Southampton as the gateway to the world with everyone from Roman traders bringing new merchandise, Saxon settlers setting up homes bringing in new trades and skills or Huguenot Protestants seeking refuge and Victorian industrialists with links across the British Empire. Tudor House Museum reveals more than 800 years of history under one roof. The city’s most important historic building is located at the heart of the Old Town. The timber-framed building facing St Michael’s Square was built in the late 15th Century, with King John’s Palace, an adjacent Norman house accessible from Tudor House Garden, dating back a further 300 years. To find out more about Southampton’s Tudor heritage and all the people who lived in the town visit www.tudorrevels.co.uk for maps, people database, events and to download the circular walking tour around Tudor Southampton.
Did you know? Last year 220,000 people visited Southamptonâ€™s museums and City Art Gallery..
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Stopping for coffee. As well as the major coffee house chains, Southampton has a growing number of independent cafes serving great coffee and offering a convivial atmosphere. Check out the Art House Cafe in Above Bar Street – run for love not profit and in nearby Bedford Place coffee shops include Cafe Crème, Cafe Monde and the Psychic Café. In the French Quarter on the QE2 Mile , Mettricks Tea and Coffee House takes its inspiration from the timeless idea of great food and drink ‘home from home’.
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“Valentines in Oxford Street is close to where I live. There’s two guys running it and they always greet you with a cheery hello – they serve great coffee and wonderful homemade cakes. “And if you want the best hot chocolate in Southampton go to Cafe Crème in Bedford Place.”
Stopping for lunch Whether it’s a quick sandwich, hot snack or a more leisurely affair, the city offers a wealth of alternatives. The Olive Tree in the cosmopolitan area of Oxford Street is famous for its fresh fish specials and seafood dishes. In Bedford Place, Pucinella offers fresh and traditional italian dishes full of flavour. Whilst Southampton’s original Mexican restaurant; Cantina is full of latin flair with regular lunchtime offers.
Holyrood church is another distinct landmark as you make your way to Town Quay and the end of the QE2 mile. As you approach the waterfront and near the end of the QE2 Mile, on your right hand side you will see where archaeologists uncovered the Medieval Mayor’s Wine Vault and the home of Walter le Fleming– the richest man in Southampton at the time and immortalised in a bronze statue on the modern walkway linking the medieval walls close to WestQuay Shopping Centre.
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What to look out for on the QE2 Mile: Start your walk from Brunswisk Place and take in the delights of some of the city’s prettiest parks – don’t miss the Titanic memorial. You will pass by the majestic Guildhall which hosts many of the biggest names in music and comedy and check out the modern masterpieces on view at Solent University’s contemporary art space. Continuing southwards you reach the main shopping thoroughfare with access to The Marlands and WestQuay shopping centres. The Bargate is one of the most distinctive buildings in Southampton and you can pass through its historic arch on the way to the old town. More independent shops can be found in East Street.
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The QE2 Mile runs through the heart of the city from the Cenotaph down to the waterfront at Town Quay, linking the city’s parks, new Cultural Quarter, shopping High Street, Old Town and historic waterfront. As the most visited part of the city, there will always be something to discover.
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Southampton ranks in the top ten of shopping destinations within the UK and being easy to reach by road, rail, air and sea, there’s simply no excuse not to shop ‘til you drop. Above Bar is a good place to start your shopping experience with well known High Street stores and the home for several city centre events such as Chinese New Year celebrations(February), International Food Festival (September) and International Christmas Market (November and December). WestQuay is the premier shopping centre destination on the south coast, offering more than 100 stores under one roof including top quality brands, department stores such as John Lewis and M&S, as well as a top floor filled with quality eating outlets including Pizza Express and Wagamama. The Marlands Shopping Centre has specialist boutiques,multiple chains including Matalan, designer outlets, and cafes and restaurants. With over 64 inspirational room sets across four floors, IKEA Southampton is a magnet for stylish home owners looking for good value home furnishing products. West Quay Retail Park is a large‘out of town’ store experience in the heart of the city centre and within walking distance of WestQuay and Marlands. Bedford Place has a delectable mix of individual shops, boutiques and a creative vibe that keeps you coming back for more. East Street, High Street and Queensway offer an excellent array of specialist shops; with Southampton’s street market locating itself close to the Bargate monument every Friday and Saturday.
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Afternoon tea WestQuay Shopping centre has some great places to stop for tea on the go. The John Lewis store has a rooftop cafe offering panoramic views and the top floor food court in the shopping centre has plenty of variety. At the Grand Cafe near Oxford Street, you need to book ahead for afternoon tea as it is freshly baked and prepared on the morning of your visit. A selection of fresh cut sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & preserves, cup cakes, seasonal fruit, chef’s petits fours of the day and a choice of teas from around the world.
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Student Drue Murphy, 20, from Southampton, said: “Hallidays is a great tea
room in Bedford Place – it’s got a wonderful vintage vibe. “If you are going for a romantic night out in Southampton head for Oxford Street for great restaurants and bars.”
When it comes to ice cream Southampton’s got it licked ... A relatively new phenomena in the city, ice cream parlours are proving a popular place to chill. Sprinkles was the first on the scene with a mouthwatering range of ice creams and sorbets from early morning to late at night.They now have two parlours – a new one in the city centre in Above Bar Street. Tootis Gelato Bar is a cool alternative in Bedford Place offering scrummy artisan ice cream creations, cocktails and more. In the High Street there is also Arties Ice Cream Factory where they create 24 flavours on the premises.
Be a Culture Vulture Visitors to Southampton are often surprised to discover the city has some of the most impressive medieval walls in the UK. The best way to see the walls and soak up the history is to go on a guided walk as this will include some gems that aren’t always open to the public. You’ll have the chance to visit medieval vaults, some of which served as air raid shelters during the Second World War, and one which experts believe was the ‘Harrods of its day.’ On a guided walk you can walk along the top of part of the third longest original uninterrupted stretch of medieval defensive walling of any other town or city in Great Britain and get the opportunity of climbing the highest remaining tower. You will also be shown architectural ‘medieval wall’ features not to be seen anywhere else in Great Britain.
Did you know? All the Kings and Queens of England, from Henry II to our present Queen, have passed through the central arch of Southampton’s Bargate? Or that author Jane Austen lived in the town’s Castle Square during Southampton’s ‘Spa’ period and spent many happy hours dancing in the Dolphin Hotel?
Become an Art Lover Art is at the heart of Southampton’s cultural life and the city is proud of its superb collection of works of art. Southampton City Art Gallery, an internationally renowned regional gallery, is home to one of the best publicly-owned collections in the UK outside of the capital. The gallery provides a broad programme of exhibitions and stunning collections ranging from 14th century works to the present day.
The John Hansard Gallery at the University of Southampton is one of the best places in the city to view contemporary visual art. The Art House gallery and cafe in Above Bar features a range of work by local artists with regular workshops and events. Aspace offers opportunities for emerging artists to make new work and show it to the public. They run the ArtVaults, the Arches Studios, Tower House and the Sorting Office which are all creative spaces with regular events, visit www.aspacearts.org.uk for more detail. Formerly the Brompton Gallery, Allen Richings Fine Art has moved just a few doors down Northam Road. Allan has been painting professionally since the 1980s and the gallery displays his work as well as other artists.
Southampton has hosted several fascinating touring exhibitions in recent times.Nearly 200 works by one of the giants of 20th century art, Andy Warhol came to the city in 2011. Paintings, prints, posters and film were displayed at Southampton City Art Gallery and the John Hansard Gallery. Just last year, First Cut, a major exhibition featuring works by over 30 international contemporary artists who radically rethink the possibilities of working with paper, was seen by hundreds of visitors to SeaCity Museum. 21
Pilgrim Fathers You can see many of the sights the Pilgrim Fathers saw during the several days that they spent in the old town prior to their departure to America.
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.
SOUTHAMPTON TOURIST GUIDES ASSOCIATION Public Heritage Walks Programme
(Western Walls and Vaults) Starts from THE BARGATE MONUMENT in the city centre and lasts 1½ hrs. JANUARY to MAY - Every Sunday at 11am. JUNE & JULY - Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am. AUGUST - Specialist Walks programme see below! SEPTEMBER - Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am. OCTOBER to DECEMBER - Every Sunday at 11am.
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.
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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.
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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. Southampton looks forward to commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers leaving the city in 2020. To find out more about the city’s heritage be sure to join a Southampton Tourist Guides Association Walk and bring the past to life with fascinating historical facts.
Why not join our Bank Holiday Heritage Walks from THE BARGATE MONUMENT at 11:00am (excluding Christmas Day) throughout the year.
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| Southampton During World War 2 | Perils & Plots | Southampton’s Vaults (a selection) | The Titanic Trail : Please note that this particular walk starts from Holy Rood Church (corner of Bernard St. & High St.) | Medieval Churches & The Friary | Jane Austen’s Southampton & The Spa Period | Western Walls and Vaults
Please note that this programme may change from time-to-time. Please visit www.stga.org.uk/calendar for latest details. COST: £3pp ($5 US; €3.5)* – Accompanied Young Persons Under 16 Free. Tickets from Guide (cash only please). Southampton Tourist Guides Association is the only official tour guiding association in the City. We also offer a wide range of PRIVATE WALKS, TALKS, COACH GUIDING and PORT ASSISTANCE FACILITIES. * these costs are liable to change from time to time.
Please visit www.stga.org.uk or Call 023 8057 1858 (9am – 5pm) for more details
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 Sea City Museum opened its doors to the public.
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Jane Austen She may only have lived in the city for two years but Jane Austen certainly left her mark. Her family moved to Southampton following the death of her father and they eventually settled in a “commodious old-fashioned” house in Castle Square. Just image ... in Jane Austen’s day at high tide the water would have lapped at the town walls on Western Esplanade (where the WaterMark development will be built) and there would have been views of the busy shipping channels and port. This is believed to have inspired the lines from Mansfield Park - “the effects of the shadows pursuing each other on the ships at Spithead and the island beyond, with the ever varying hues of the sea, now at high water, dancing in its glee and dashing against the ramparts ...” Austen fans will be fascinated to learn the family house was believed to stand where the Juniper Berry pub can now be found in Upper Bugle Street. The Austens took boat trips on the River Itchen to see warships being built at Northam and the Gothic ruins of Netley Abbey. Jane went to dances in Southampton, including some in the upstairs rooms of the Dolphin Hotel, where she celebrated her eighteenth birthday. The décor may have changed over the years but you can still stand in the Southampton Mercure Hotel as it is known today and soak up the atmosphere of days gone by.
The Titanic Trail Start your Titanic trail at the museum and explore the city’s historic connections with the ship. >> When you leave the museum, head for Above Bar Street and the ornate Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial in East Park (opposite the Cenotaph). >> Oxford Street is where to visit next. Why not stop for some refreshment at The Grapes pub and drink in the atmosphere. Four members of the Titanic’s crew, including three brothers named Slade, 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 Titanic sailed. The Grand Café, situated in this historic building, is the perfect place for lunch and you can soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era. >> Finally walk down Canute Road to Canute Chambers, the former headquarters of the White Star Line, and see where Southampton families anxiously gathered to await news of their loved ones. Download a copy of the Titanic Trail leaflet from www.discoversouthampton.co.uk
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Make sure you visit Southampton City Art Gallery and see Sir Stanley Spencer’s spectacular painting ‘The Resurrection.’ - on public view until March 2014.
Just fifteen minutes from Southampton city centre, we’re based on the University of Southampton’s picturesque Highfield Campus. At the Gallery you can discover exhibitions by today’s most inspiring artists, plus a range of talks, tours and creative activities for all ages. Also, our shop stocks a great range of art books, magazines and cards. Find out more at www.hansardgallery.org.uk or join us on Facebook and twitter.
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A Watch the ships go by Mayflower Park is the place where you can get up close to the cruise liners with special events taking place throughout the year to celebrate the naming and arrival of new ships. From Town Quay, you can pick up the Hythe Ferry to the waterside village of Hythe via the famous Victorian pier and the world’s oldest working pier train. The promenade is among the best vantage points for viewing the ships. Weston Shore looks out across Southampton Water and is a popular site to watch the shipping movements and also provides a great start for walks along the water’s edge. Further east is Royal Victoria Country Park where the beach at the park offers an ideal vantage point for viewing cruise liners before they pass Hamble Point and head towards the Solent. Southampton is home to the oldest active cargo-passenger steamship in Europe, the SS Shieldhall, with a cruise programme running between May and September. One of the best ways to view the cruise ships is to join them on the water. The Hythe Ferry passes alongside the QEII Terminal offering a unique and up close experience of the magnificent liners. Blue Funnel Cruises offer a variety of day cruises from Ocean Village including Harbour
Did you know? Southampton is the only city in the UK with a geothermal power station.The city was recently ranked as being one of the lowest carbon emitting cities in the UK. Tours, River Cruises, Solent Cruises and a range of dinner and party options.
Lazing on a sunny afternoon Maritime Southampton isn’t just about the big ships. The city’s waterfront developments and marinas offer wonderful opportunities to sit back and relax and watch sumptuous yachts go by. Ocean Village has outstanding recreational facilities for yachtsmen as well as trendy bars and restaurants beside the water. It is from here that many of the major sailing and speedboat events take place throughout the year. Further upstream on the River Itchen is Shamrock Quay, a bustling marina steeped in history.
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Shelley Jory-Leigh. Born in the city, Shelley
not only runs her hugely successful bridal company from Southampton but also uses it as her base as British Powerboat Champion. Shelley is amongst the female boating elite of Britain and proudly promotes boating on the Solent. For more information on Shelley’s up and coming adventures go to twitter.com/ ShelleyJory “Southampton is a hidden gem but I doubt it will remain hidden for much longer with the major investment that is taking place,” said Shelley.
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If you are here on a business trip or staying overnight before you join a cruise ship, here’s how to get the most out of an evening in Southampton. Cocktails anyone? Get the evening off to a great start with a cocktail or two at one of Southampton’s glamorous bars. Grand Cafe near Oxford Street has stunning surroundings – it was the place where all the beautiful people stayed and partied before their ill-fated voyage on board RMS Titanic. They love to mix cocktails The Rockstone in Bevois Valley is building a reputation for being a cool haunt and was recently named the Best Cask Beer Pub in the Great British Pub Awards 2013 South-East and London region. They also mix great cocktails too. Turtle Bay on Guildhall Square is a popular student hangout – always buzzing and they have a comprehensive menu of cocktails. Orange Rooms in Bedford Place is well loved and always popular especially at the weekends. If you have a thirst for interesting wines, spirits and liqueurs and looking to enjoy a tipple before hitting the town, visit Cloud Wine in Bedford Place – Southampton’s independent off-licence which is sure to surprise or inspire your tastebuds
Cinema in Southampton You will find an Odeon IMAX Cinema at Leisure World on West Quay Road with 13 screens. While at Ocean Village there is a Cineworld and close by is Harbour Lights, a Picturehouse cinema where you can watch foreign and independent films as well as some of the most popular current films.
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Fancy a stroll? If you want to build up your appetite and see a little bit of the city before nightfall, why not take a stroll through the Old Town. The Old Town 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. Start out from the section of city wall near to WestQuay on Castle Way and walk south until you reach a turning on the left called Simnel Street. >> Follow the road and turn Bugle Street where you will see the striking black and white exterior of the Tudor House Museum opposite St Michael’s Church. >>Carry on down the street admiring the architecture of some of Southampton’s most attractive houses. >> You will see the Duke of Wellington pub on your left (in the summer it is a vision with an abundance of hanging baskets). Opposite the pub is Westgate Street follow this down and see the historic Cloth Hall. >>Cut through Westgate and turn right past the Pig in the Wall and follow the route back to where you started close by WestQuay Shopping centre. Download a walking trail of the Old Town from www.discoversouthampton.com - search ‘walking tours’
For theatre lovers, The Mayflower Theatre in Commercial Road is the largest theatre in Southern England and regularly hosts West End shows, musicals and national opera and ballet companies.
The Nuffield Theatre at the University of Southampton is equally renowned for the quality and variety of its programme, hosting performances from Shakespeare to contemporary drama. New creative and executive director Sam Hodges has major plans to put the theatre on the map. Further afield, The Point in Eastleigh is the regionâ€™s leading venue for contemporary dance and performance offering a host of entertainment including theatre, film and live music.
Did you know? The complete works of Shakespeare uses a vocabulary of 17,677 words. About 1,700 of these are words believed to have been invented by Shakespeare. Words he invented include: addiction, assassination, bedroom, buzzer, cold-blooded, critic, epileptic, eyeball, fashionable, gossip, hobnob, lonely, majestic, metamorphize, obscene, Olympian, puking, radiance, swagger, torture and zany. Modern drama can be traced back to Greece in the 6th Century BC. It evolved from a religious ceremony known as the dithyramb, where 50 men dressed as satyrs would chant a choral song to the god Dionysus. Whistling in the theatre brings bad luck? The reason that whistling could cause such catastrophes was because backstage crew used whistles to communicate with each other and to cue scenery changes. Whistles were clear and much less obtrusive than shouting in the middle of a performance. So if a cue was to whistle, then the sceney could come crashing down on you!
The Berry Theatre in Hedge End was opened by actor and theatre director Samuel West in 2011. It offers innovative programming to the local community but its appeal is broad as a result of its artistic provision and outstanding drama. And The Hub theatre at Southampton City College offer first class drama delivered by leading companies with a mix of raw local talent as part of the mix.
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50 is a special number for Southampton in 2014. It is 50 years since the status of becoming a city was bestowed on Southampton and there will be festivities throughout the year.
Nuffield Theatre and the City of Southampton are sharing their 50th birthday. Nuffield Theatre will be hosting a celebration like no other - looking at the highs and lows of following one of the country’s greatest football clubs, the Saints.
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For more details of Golden Jubilee events visit www.discoversouthampton.co.uk Other Nuffield highlights include Tonight at 8.30, a collection of nine one-act plays by the inimitable Noël Coward, performed together for the first time in the UK, since Coward starred in them in 1936. From vaudeville to satire, from broad farce to intricate comedy of manners, from melodrama to romance, these plays span the full, glorious range of Coward’s writing.
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Going out for dinner? Southampton is home to a great range of themed pubs, designer cafes and restaurants; no matter your appetite or your bank balance, there is something for everyone. Bedford Place The business hub of the city enjoys a great selection of independent restaurants and bars. If you are looking for a quiet drink in stylish surroundings then head for Yuzu Lounge Bar. Alternatively, if you want a quick bite to eat then authentic Mexican food at the Cantina Restaurant and superb Greek food at the Fat Fig are great offerings.
We are the biggest theatre on the south coast. Our aim is to bring a diverse range of shows to Southampton, presenting a mixture of spectacular touring musicals - many direct from the West End – to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy. We offer lots of different ways for as many people to get involved as possible, from show insights and theatre tours to youth and community projects.
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Oxford Street There is a wealth of choice on offer in Oxford Street where you can enjoy flavours from around the world, from Italian, Brazilian, Spanish, Indian and traditional British cuisine. A popular area of the city in the summer with plenty of al fresco dining and opportunities to enjoy a chilled glass of wine as the sun sets on the city. The White Star Tavern is a guaranteed winner with a wonderful atmosphere. A huge range of restaurants from La Esquina to the ever popular The Olive Tree, Simons at Oxfords, Cargo, Scoozi and nearby Grand Café all promising you a lovely finish to your evening. Visit www. oxfordstreetsouthampton.co.uk
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We are extremely proud to shout about our Ovation restaurant; proof that in-theatre dining can be sophisticated and contemporary. We offer exclusive dinner, show and hotel packages including top price seat for your chosen show – or simply come and join us for a mouth-watering meal.
The livelier side of Southampton is seen Below Bar with a mix of popular bars and pubs and new restaurants that are consistently gaining accolades. Eating out is easy, with options as varied as the Japanese Zen restaurant, the spectacular Coriander Lounge, Rancho Steak House and La Lupa on the High Street.
If You Only Do One Thing... Relax at the Harbour Lights Cinema to see the foreign and independent films.
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Built in 1907 the pub maintains its atmosphere. The London attracts characters from all walks of life and you are sure of a warm welcome. Traditional pub Lunch Menu served daily 12noon - 3pm, 2 course Roasts every Sunday. Regular cabarets.
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* Wireless broadband * Customer car park Dan and the team look forward to welcoming you. The Vestry, 61 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GG www.TheVestryRestaurantandBar.co.uk 02380 231101 www.facebook.com/thevestry
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As well as the high street chains, Southampton has some great individual pubs where you can sup on a beer or enjoy a glass of wine. Soak up some history into the bargain at the historic Duke of Wellington pub in Bugle Street or step onto the High Street and check out the Red Lion pub which dates back to 1148. Close by at Town Quay is the Platform Tavern where they brew their own beer as well as other well known beers and they are famous for their Desperate Dan style pies.
Did You Know? The Duke of Wellington pub was originally built upon Norman vaults and cellars in 1220 and the building became a pub in 1494.
Music in the City A vibrant network of pubs,clubs, theatres and studio venues mean live music can be enjoyed at venues throughout the city. Turner Sims Concert Hall at the University of Southampton has a reputation for hosting a varied programme including classical, world music and jazz. Internationally renowned performers such as Jamie Cullum and Courtney Pine are just some of the big names that have graced the stage. O2 Guildhall is a multi-purpose venue staging major rock, contemporary and classical music events by national touring acts. The Joiners in St Marys has seen performances from many of the biggest names on the rock, indie, punk and metal scenes. Famously Oasis and Coldplay gigged there and it is fondly viewed by bands as an important venue for emerging talent.
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The Brook in Portswood is also a great intimate venue where you can get up close and personal with the bands, while Talking Heads is well known for its open mic nights, comedy and staging an eclectic mix of music. In the heart of the Cultural Quarter is where you will find the Cellar. West Marlands Road is the location for this venue for northern soul, fusion and jazz funk acts – a hidden gem for music lovers. A number of restaurants and bars host live music nights including the White Star Tavern, the London Hotel and Grand Café on Oxford Street, Pulcinella’s in Carlton Place and Chambers on London Road. Look out for the annual Mela Festival in July which attracts thousands of visitors keen to see Indian classical, Bollywood and bhangra music. Music in the City in October is a showcase aimed at promoting the rich diversity of local musical talent and well worth checking out.
Clubs Oceana, formerly Ikon/Diva, is one of the largest nightclubs in the U.K. The super club, famous for its themed rooms, includes two clubs, five bars, VIP rooms and restaurants. Junk on London Road is a place for the serious clubbers. Host to big-name DJ’s, such as Calvin Harris, Professor Green, Dizzee Rascal and Zane Lowe the club is over two floors and plays a mix of indie, electro, RnB and hip hop. Lennons is the place to hang if you’re part of the art crowd… or if you want to be part of the art crowd. Playing the latest and greatest indie tunes, Lennons also occasionally books bigger bands. Past performers have included The Klaxons, The Maccabees and The Joy Formidable.
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Student, Emily Noyce, 21, from Southampton said: “I love the cocktails
at Turtle Bay – my favourite is a Strawberry Daquiri.”
It’s not just pure though on their menu, with a tasty selection of veggie burgers, wraps and salads also available. Then by night they step it up a gear. With their cutting edge music, crazy ass cocktails and good times vibe, they’re sure to show you what a great night’s all about. It’s heavy on the fun, and strong on the kitsch. Their team of mixologists are proud to present one of the most dynamic drinks menus in the South. Comprising of concoctions from across the globe, spanning eras and trends, with some of their own contemporary twists, there’s something for all kinds of drinkers. Each cocktail is mixed, shaken or stirred by expertly trained staff to maximize the taste bud titillation and leave you wanting more. There’s plenty of alcohol free choices too for those lumbered with transport responsibilities. Hearty cocktails bursting with sweet fresh fruits.
800 year old Grade I listed building Open working craft brewery on view to public
Two bars with full range of Wines. Spirits and Continental Beers.
Restaurant featuring the best of locally sourced modern British cuisine.
Selection of cream teas and freshly ground coffee.
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A unique venue for wedding receptions & parties.
Visit dancingmanbrewery.com for full details and events.
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Student Lindsey Kingshott, 25, said:
“Vodka Revs in Bedford Place and Cafe Parfait in Above Bar Street are great – they play good music and the drinks are reasonably priced.”
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By day, the Orange Rooms embraces the American diner ethos with locally sourced, handmade and home cooked gourmet burgers and dogs. The new winter menu has recently been launched, with the festive addition of the Rudolph Burger (yep, 100% reindeer meat!), and introduces the new deep fill Diablo Toasties served as both sweet and savoury options. Of course, there’s no getting away from the epic and infamous Man vs Food-esque Orange Rooms Challenge Burger, or the even crazier, brand new, nigh on impossible Big Dawg! Conquer these monsters and you’ll walk away with a limited edition tee to prove you can Beat The Meat!
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Let’s Spend the Day in Southampton ... There is plenty to keep you occupied and entertained in the city and whilst we have gone into detail on how to fill your time, here is a quick glance itinerary for spending the day in Southampton. Suggested activities: •
Visit the City Art Gallery
Watch Saints play at their St Mary’s stadium
Visit Sea City or the Tudor House Museum
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Visit the cinema
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If You Only Do One Thing... Visit Southampton’s oldest pub - the Red Lion on the High Street. The cellars date back to Norman times and the main room is known as Henry V’s Court Room. It was used for the trial of Richard, Earl of Cambridge.
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Greg Snelgrove, 27, from Southampton, said:“Go and watch Saints play. My friend
came over from Washington DC recently and we went to see a game. “Southampton are in the premier league – the best league in the world. “My favourite restaurant is Mangoes in Portswood – and for Sunday lunch I would head for the Cowherds pub on Southampton Common.”
Whilst we have given you ideas on spending a full 24 hours in Southampton, the great location and accessibility of the city makes it a great base for exploring southern Hampshire where family attractions, national parks and waterside villages are waiting to be discovered. Enjoy shopping, local architecture and Romsey Abbey in the beautiful Market Town of Romsey, just ten miles north of Southampton and home to Mottisfont Abbey, Sir Harold Hiller Gardens and the family theme park, Paultons Park featuring the popular Peppa Pig Theme Park.
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Visit Exbury Gardens, world-famous for dazzling displays of rhododendrons and azaleas in spring, exotic herbaceous borders, tranquil ponds, shady river walks and picnic opportunities in summer,
rare trees and shrubs year round and stunning autumn colour. The Steam Train will delight visitors of all ages! Location: New Forest SO45 1AZ
Only fifteen miles west of Southampton is the New Forest, a national park of open heath, ancient woodlands and plenty of family attractions such as Exbury Gardens with its Steam Railway and the New Forest Wildlife Park Take a Red Funnel ferry or the Red Jet to the Isle of Wight for a day visit or relaxing break. The stunning island destination is a short distance from Southampton with unspoilt scenery and a wealth of family attractions To the east and approximately 25 miles from Southampton lies the historic waterside city of Portsmouth, home to the Historic Dockyard and Britain’s tallest viewing tower, the Spinnaker Tower. For an amazing experience on your radar! Go onboard the surviving WW2 era submarine, HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and meet a submariner to hear his stories. Travelling up the M3 you come to the city of Winchester, voted the best place to live in Great Britain in 2006 and home to the historic Cathedral and Winchester College. Described as the ‘beautiful breathing space between the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, and less than ten miles east of Southampton, the Hamble Valley is a picturesque area of coast and countryside with waterside villages along the River Hamble.
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Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure. It’s all about living life a little more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan (he’s in there, we promise!) We asked talented singer/songwriter Charley Macauley from Southampton to join us for an outdoor adventure and share her experiences.
Charley said: “If I’m honest there was a part of me that was a bit scared at the prospect of obstacles and zip-wires. I’m just not into that sort of thing. “So when I was offered the chance to experience Go Ape I was a bit nervous. But it wasn’t long before all that was forgotten because it was just such amazing fun.
“If you were having a birthday this would be a great way to celebrate with a group of friends. I’d say to anyone – Go on Give Go Ape a Go …”
“I ended up surprising myself with what I could do. Being up that high was absolutely incredible and it was just so beautiful – a really magical way to spend time in the countryside and have a real laugh.
“From being a bit nervous about the zip-wires, they ended up being the most fun and I really would recommend this to everyone. Singer/songwriter Charley Macauley has lived in the city her whole life and is proud to be a Southampton girl. She is one of the UK’s brightest emerging young talents. She first came to prominence when she beat off 10,000 other hopefuls to win the Under 18’s section of the national ‘Live and Unsigned’ competition.
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Southampton in motion 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 night bus service provides a safe and secure route home after a great night out. Why not plan your route in advance and take advantage of some great travel offers by visiting: www.bluestarbus.co.uk
Regional and national bus services All national coach operators run services from Southampton bus station. For further information visit www.discoversouthampton.co.uk and enter â€˜busesâ€™ into the search facility.
Taxi cabs For peace of mind it is always best to pre-book your taxi,enabling you to agree a price and know that your driver is regulated by the Council. However, your may prefer the convenience of a private hire vehicle.
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.
Private Hire Private hire vehicles may only be pre-booked and are identified by signs on the side of vehicle which give details of their operator and licence number and a distinctive white and blue licenceplate on the rear. Agree your fare at the time of booking. Private hire drivers may drive a Southampton licensed private hire vehicle and must wear or display their licence badge. For further advice please visit www.discoversouthampton.co.uk
Visit www.myjourneysouthampton.com for all information and advice about getting around the city and check out the online journey planner to plan your journey on foot, by bike, public transport or car.
Famous people of Southampton
“You should enjoy what you do. I am passionate about the things that I do so I guess that’s what drives me forward...” Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton.
Original drawing by Megan West
Famous Faces TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham grew up in Southampton with his dress designer sister Jenny and former Breakfast TV presenter Fiona Phillips also drew up in the city.
Southampton has been home to more than its fair share of famous faces over the years. Everyone from sportsmen and women to musicians and entertainers have hailed from the city.
Yachtswoman Dee Caffari was the first woman to sail single-handedly and non-stop around the world in both directions – and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world not once, not twice but an incredible three times. Before making her name in sailing she taught PE in a local school and now lives in Titchfield.
Cheeky comedian Benny Hill was born in Southampton and began his working life in nearby Eastleigh. Notably he worked as a milkman at Hanns Dairy and his adventures on a horse-drawn milk float inspired his No 1 hit record Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West). Many have been pressing for a statue to the King of Double Entendre – and another bright spark suggested Hill Lane should henceforth be known as Benny Hill Lane. Once described by comedian Bob Hope ‘as the most glamorous woman in the world’, Danny La Rue was the world’s most famous female impersonator - and he lived in Southampton for 21 years. Film Director Ken Russell was also born in Southampton and it was childhood trips to the cinema in Portswood that later inspired his career in celluloid.
Local indie band the Delays were formed in Southampton and singer Craid David hit the right note when his career took off in 1999 afer featuring on Artful Dodger’s ‘R-eRewind.’
- Southampton is at the Forefront of Technology.
Inventor of the World Wide Web, Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the chair of Computer science at the University of Southampton. He still teaches at the university which also boasts Professor Dame Wendy Hall (recently included on the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List and also named by Computer Weekly as the second most influential woman in UK IT). Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt also teaches at the Univerisity. He describes himself as a linked and open data evangelist. He chairs the Open Data Institute which he founded with Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
In every single Formula 1 team there is an engineer who trained at the University of Southampton.
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One of the giants from the city’s recent past was R J Mitchell, the aeronautical engineer who came to Southampton’s Supermarine factory in 1917 and went on to develop the world famous Second World War fighter Spitfire. Sporting stars from Olympic runner Kriss Akabusi and sprinter Iwan Thomas are forever associated with the city along with Saints legend Matt Le Tissier and diving superstar Pete Waterfield.
Staying in the city Whether the trip is for business or pleasure, there is a style and price to suit all tastes and pockets, from luxurious hotels to family-run guesthouses. For more accommodation listings or if you are looking for a special Cruise, Park & Stay packages in the Southampton area, Destination Southampton is able to offer a personal service to assist you with your unique requirements visit www.discoversouthampton.co.uk
Ratings you can trust All the national assessing bodies (Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales and the AA) now assess hotels and guest accommodation (including B&Bs) to the same criteria and award one to five stars. For serviced accommodation, there are two separate schemes – one for hotels and one for guest accommodation and the star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience. When choosing your accommodation look for the Quality Rose, the official mark of the Enjoy England national tourist board rating scheme. A quality score is awarded for every aspect of the experience including the comfort, quality and cleanliness. Places that ‘go the extra mile’ to make your stay a special one, will be awarded a high star rating and hotels and guest accommodation may achieve a Gold or Silver Award.
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100 Anglesea Rd
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172 Hill Lane
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79 Hill Lane
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25 Landguard Rd
023 8022 7919
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023 8022 4327
3 WestQuay Rd
023 8022 7705
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9 WestQuay Rd
023 8063 4463
1 Charlotte Place
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1 WestQuay Rd
023 8033 0550
5 WestQuay Rd
023 8063 3033
1 Asturias 23 Riverside Holidays 24 Sunnydale Caravan/Camping
22 Howard Rd 023 8022 3372 Hamble 023 8045 3220 Grange Rd, Netley 023 8045 7462
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High quality non-smoking family-run guest house. En-suite available. Tea/coffee and Flat screen colour TV in all rooms. City centre location. On site parking. FREE WiFi.
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We are near to Train Station, Hospitals, City Centre, Universities, Cruise Terminals and Airport. Courtesy tray with tea,coffee and chocolate. Colour TV, Free View and Wireless Internet in all rooms. Parking at front. Self catering available if you stay 7 nights or more. 1 Howard Road, Southampton, SO15 5BB Tel: 023 8022 3789 Fax: 023 8022 4091 Email: email@example.com | www.amberleyguesthouse.co.uk 10
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Nicola welcomes you to this high quality guest house. Standard/Ensuite rooms available all with WiFi, tea/coffee, TV all rooms also a guest lounge. Close to city centre, railway station, hospitals, university, cruise terminals and Southampton airport. 172 Hill Lane, Shirley, SO15 5DB Tel: 023 8022 1716 Email: email@example.com | www.ellenboroughhouse.co.uk 7
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High quality non-smoking accommodation. En-suite available, tea/coffee and colour TV in rooms. Ground floor rooms available. WiFi internet access available. On-site parking. 20 Howard Road, Southampton, SO15 5BN
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Quality, spacious and comfortable B&B accommodation Southampton General and The Spire (Private) Hospitals a 10 minute walk away. Mainly en-suite. Ground floor availability. Close to Southampton University and major transport links. Large private car park. Price includes breakfast, VAT & free WiFi.
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A unique ‘home from home’ environment ideal for short or long term stays, with the benefit of serviced accommodation and the flexibility and convenience of self catering with shared kitchen facilities. Close to city centre, railway, hospitals, university and cruise terminals. 22 Howard Road, Soton, SO15 5BN Tel: 023 8022 3372 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org |www.asturiashouse.co.uk
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AsturiAs House Rating:
Tel: 023 8022 1279 Fax: 023 8022 6551
Self catering available (min. 1 week)
High quality, en-suite B&B accommodation with a warm welcome and generous breakfast. Close to city centre, railway, hospitals, university and cruise terminals. 79 Hill Lane, Southampton, SO15 5AD Tel: 023 8022 0360 Fax:023 8048 7575
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.fenlandguesthouse.co.uk
No. of rooms
£35 - £65
HIGHFIELD HOUSE HOTEL
HUNTERS LODGE GUEST ACCOM. RATING:
25 Landguard Road, Southampton, SO15 5DL Tel: 023 8022 7919
Great Hospitality. Free WiFi throughout Complimentary car parking. Stylish modern bedrooms. Lap top safe in every room. Hairdryer. Ensuite bath and shower. Ironing station. Flat screen TV. Full English and Continental Breakfast included. Tea and coffee making facilities. 119 Highfield Lane, Southampton, SO17 1AQ 12 Tel: 023 8055 4223
www.hunterslodgehotel.net | Email: email@example.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.highfieldhousehotel.co.uk
Conveniently situated for Southampton City Centre Hunters Lodge is the ideal location. All rooms are ensuite non-smoking and cost inclusive of full English breakfast and VAT(20%). Licensed residents bar and lounge, FREE off road car parking and FREE WiFi.
No. of rooms
£49 - £84
No. of rooms
LANDGUARD LODGE guest accom. rting:
A warm welcome awaits you at this comfortable Victorian House. All rooms ensuite. Free WiFi. Ground floor rooms. Residential location close to City Centre; Cruise; Ferry & Rail Terminals; Theatres; West Quay Shopping; Universities; Hospitals. Free on site parking. Prices incl. English Breakfast, VAT. 21 Landguard Road, Southampton, SO15 5DL Tel: 023 8063 6904 Fax: 023 8063 2258 Email: email@example.com | www.landguardlodge.co.uk
No. of rooms
£40 - £70
Linden Guest House guest accom. rating:
A warm welcome is assured when visiting this well established Edwardian town house. Situated 5 minutes walk from railway station, city centre and Mayflower Theatre. TV, tea & coffee facilities, free on site parking, free WiFi, Tourist Board listed. 51-53 The Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BP Tel: 023 8022 5653 Fax:023 8063 0808
No. of rooms
£27 - £65
mayview Guest House guest accom. rating:
Friendly, clean and comfortable guest house close to railway, coach station, city centre and docks. Open all year. Free Wireless internet access available. Discount for long stays. 30 The Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BN
Tel: 023 8022 0907 Fax: 0845 127 4055 Mob: 07973 874 194 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. of rooms
£25 - £70
£49 - £129
GRAND HARBOUR HOTEL RATING:
Located in the heart of Southampton overlooking the city’s 4 cruise terminals, the Grand Harbour Hotel has something to suit all. Offering a variety of dining options including a stylish restaurant and bar, perfect for an afternoon tea! The Hotel is now privately owned and 2014 is an exciting year as the Hotel is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a full refurbishment. Tel: 023 8063 3033 Fax: 023 8063 3066 Email: email@example.com Web: www.grandharbourhotel.co.uk
Holiday Inn Express Southampton West Refurbished in October 2013, • Modern en-suite • Free on-site car parking the Holiday Inn Express guestrooms with power and long stay packages Southampton West is showers. Children stay available on request. conveniently located within free when sharing parent’s • Comfortable Lounge & easy reach of the M3 and room. Accessible rooms Bar area with Sky Sports. M27 motorways. The city available on request. FREE Restaurant meals available. centre, airport, train station WiFi internet. • Our hotel is the closest and New Forest are a 10 • Room rates include free Express property to the Port minute drive away. buffet breakfast with 3 of Southampton and the 18 selected hot items. cruise terminals.
Family, Double, Twin and Accessible rooms available Adanac Park, Redbridge Lane, Nursling, Southampton, SO16 0YP | Tel: 02380 743100 Fax: 02380 731827 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.hiexpresssouthampton.co.uk
SUNNYDALE FARM CAMPING AND CARAVAN PARK OPEN ALL YEAR.
Situated 3 miles from Southampton City Centre. 40 level fully serviced pitches (22 hard standing). Modern toilets, showers & laundry room with indoor dishwashing facilities. Close to bus stop, Royal Victoria Country Park and Southampton Boat Show.
Telephone: 023 8045 7462 or 0788 305 8823
Sunnydale Farm, Grange Road, Netley Abbey, Southampton, SO31 8GD Email: email@example.com Web: www.sunnydalefarm.co.uk
Beautiful views over the Marina and River Hamble Excellent sailing, walking, fishing and horse riding nearby Serviced touring pitches Pine lodges and static caravans available to hire all year.
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Jurys Inn Southampton offers a superior 3-star standard of accommodation right in the heart of Southampton. Central location overlooking East Park 270 Air conditioned bedrooms 9 Dedicated meeting rooms Great Innfusion restaurant City Centre Inntro Bar Location Costa Coffee Bar 8 mins walk from Central Rail Station 4 miles from Airport
... 5 mins walk from West Quay
• Modern interior designed hotel set in landscaped gardens. • Comfortable rooms with flat screen TV’s, wide selection of Freeview channels, tea/coffee facilities & hairdryer. • Free Internet access throughout hotel. • Free Hot Buffet Breakfast and secure on-site parking. • Comfortable Lounge Bar & Conservatory Restaurant serving freshly prepared evening meals including authentic Indian Menu from 18.00 – 22.00 daily.
• Use of adjacent Virgin Active leisure facilities at an additional discounted fee. • 5 state of art a/c meeting rooms for 2-52 delegates from just £125 including tea/coffee & conference equipment. • Day Delegates Rates also available. • Conference luncheons available from £7.95pp. 17 • Adjacent to The Ageas Bowl. • Within close proximity to Southampton Airport (5mins), City Centre and Docks (15mins) and one mile from M27.
Prices from £49.00 per room per night B&B Contact: Jurys Inn Southampton, 1 Charlotte Place, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0TB, UK Call +44 (0)23 8037 1111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jurysinns.com
Botley Road, West End, Southampton SO30 3XA 023 8060 6060 (T) 023 8060 6050 (F) email@example.com (E) www.hiesouthamptonhotel.com (W)
BEST WESTERN CHILWORTH MANOR Set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds the Edwardian Manor House is stepped in history. There are 26 bedrooms in the Manor House and a further 69 in the Garden Wing. 11 meeting rooms. Restaurant, Bar, Gardens and terraces. The hotel also has a state of the art Health Club and Spa with ozone cleansed pool (child restrictions apply), sauna/steam room, well equipped gym and [comfort zone] 13 beauty suite. Free WiFi. Free car parking. Easy location. For more information visit www.bw-chilworthmanor.co.uk
A nights B&B at Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton
Chilworth, Southampton, Hants, SO16 7PT Tel: 023 8076 7333 Fax: 023 8070 1743 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.bw-chilworthmanor.co.uk No. of rooms Price prpn 95
£69 - £150
THE ELIZABETH HOUSE HOTEL rating: aa hotel
The Hotel is very easy to find and has guaranteed free parking for all residents. There are 27 bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities. There is a comfortable reception lounge, a delightful Breakfast Restaurant and ‘Lizzie’s’ Bar and Bistro offering a varied menu of our Chef’s specialities. We also have a tranquil town garden directly accessible from the bar. Very easy to find on The Avenue (A33), close to the University and to the city centre. Full English breakfast included. Owner managed.
42-44 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XP Tel: 023 8022 4327 Fax: 023 8033 9651 Sat Nav Ref: SO17 1XS Email: email@example.com |www.elizabethhousehotel.com No. of rooms
£65 - £97.50
The iconic Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014 with a full refurbishment. The hotel is ideally located on the waterfront just a short walk from Southampton Central Station, and West Quay shopping centre. The Grand Harbour offers 173 luxurious bedrooms, many with balconies and sea views. Other facilities include the restaurant and bar as well as a leisure club with indoor swimming pool and spa.
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Visit Southampton and stay in one of the city’s Accor hotels. Novotel Southampton This newly refurbished Novotel hotel offers state-of the art facilities and a stylish, contemporary design opposite West Quay Shopping Centre and close to the waterfront. 121 bedrooms Superior and Executive rooms 4 accessible rooms Refurbished indoor pool, gym, sauna and public areas Elements restaurant and bar Outdoor terrace. Location: 1 West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RA Tel: 023 8033 0550
Ibis Southampton Come and see the refurbished reception area and restaurant at this popular economy hotel on the Western Esplanade. 93 bedrooms Café for light meals and snacks Central location, close to West Quay Shopping Centre. Location: 9 West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RA Tel: 023 8063 4463
Ibis Budget Southampton The smart traveller’s choice of hotel is located on the Western Esplanade and offers fantastic value for money. 118 bedrooms 6 accessible rooms Rooms sleep up to three 24/7 ‘Fraîche’ for sandwiches and snacks. Location: 3 West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RA Tel: 023 8022 7705 250 car parking spaces chargeable for 3 hotels
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