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The National Motor Museum is a fantastic trip out! Set in the beautiful and historic village of Beaulieu (well worth a visit before or after the museum). It will appeal especially to motor enthusiasts with a wealth of information and automobiles on display including some rare and unique ones! There’s also plenty to see for people with other interests such as the stunning grounds and ruins, a monorail, the stately home and a war exhibition. They also have an amazing ‘love lock tree’ in one of the garden sections if couples want to bring a special padlock with them when they visit (we did ours in 2017 and it was such a lovely moment, highly recommended!).
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National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
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The National Motor Museum is a fantastic trip out! Set in the beautiful and historic village of Beaulieu (well worth a visit before or after the museum). It will appeal especially to motor enthusiasts with a wealth of information and automobiles on display including some rare and unique ones! There’s also plenty to see for people with other interests such as the stunning grounds and ruins, a monorail, the stately home and a war exhibition. They also have an amazing ‘love lock tree’ in one of the garden sections if couples want to bring a special padlock with them when they visit (we did ours in 2017 and it was such a lovely moment, highly recommended!).
Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor for attractions in Southampton! The award-winning Southampton based Steamship Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. A member of the National Historic Fleet she serves as a sea going tribute to Britain's maritime heritage. As a passenger you too can experience the golden age of steam by booking on an excursion or visiting her in Southampton with multiple cruise options available (date dependent) comprising a mixture of 2hr, 3hr, 4hr, ½ day and full day sailings. Shieldhall is also available for private charter and group packages. A unique and unforgettable way to see Southampton’s coastline, highly recommended!
Steamship Shieldhall
Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor for attractions in Southampton! The award-winning Southampton based Steamship Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. A member of the National Historic Fleet she serves as a sea going tribute to Britain's maritime heritage. As a passenger you too can experience the golden age of steam by booking on an excursion or visiting her in Southampton with multiple cruise options available (date dependent) comprising a mixture of 2hr, 3hr, 4hr, ½ day and full day sailings. Shieldhall is also available for private charter and group packages. A unique and unforgettable way to see Southampton’s coastline, highly recommended!
The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. It covers an area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. It has 61 ancient monuments, 634 listed buildings and 18 conservation areas within its boundaries. The Forest is famous for its wildlife and today deer, ponies, horses, donkeys and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland. The New Forest is around 6 miles from Southampton. We absolutely love driving through there and seeing all the wild horses and donkeys that come right next to you and your car! There so are many amazing spots to see, walk and stop for picnics. We’ve been countless times and always see and experience something new. An amazing trip!
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The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. It covers an area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. It has 61 ancient monuments, 634 listed buildings and 18 conservation areas within its boundaries. The Forest is famous for its wildlife and today deer, ponies, horses, donkeys and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland. The New Forest is around 6 miles from Southampton. We absolutely love driving through there and seeing all the wild horses and donkeys that come right next to you and your car! There so are many amazing spots to see, walk and stop for picnics. We’ve been countless times and always see and experience something new. An amazing trip!
Solent Sky Museum began as the RJ Mitchell Memorial Museum in 1974. Since that time, it has expanded to include all aviation in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, the region known as the Solent. Although it now houses many aeroplanes, their core is still the Supermarine Spitfire, which was designed and built in Southampton. Hampshire and the Solent region were the centre of the world for aviation research and development between 1910 and 1960. More than 26 aircraft manufacturers made this area their home and built everything from biplanes to spacecraft, and of course the legendary Spitfire. Solent Sky Museum depicts the incredible story of aviation in Hampshire and the Solent region, with more than 20 airframes from the golden age of aviation.
Solent Sky
Solent Sky Museum began as the RJ Mitchell Memorial Museum in 1974. Since that time, it has expanded to include all aviation in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, the region known as the Solent. Although it now houses many aeroplanes, their core is still the Supermarine Spitfire, which was designed and built in Southampton. Hampshire and the Solent region were the centre of the world for aviation research and development between 1910 and 1960. More than 26 aircraft manufacturers made this area their home and built everything from biplanes to spacecraft, and of course the legendary Spitfire. Solent Sky Museum depicts the incredible story of aviation in Hampshire and the Solent region, with more than 20 airframes from the golden age of aviation.
Hatchet Pond is the largest area of fresh water in the New Forest, which is located just outside the quaint village of Beaulieu. There are benches along the way, where you can take a rest and in the summer months there is often an ice cream van at Hatchet Pond car park too, where you can enjoy a nice refreshment after your walk. There is also a disabled toilet. We’ve been here during different months and times and it’s always stunning, relaxing and enjoyable. Whether taking in the view from your car, going for walks or having a picnic, we always have a great time here and recommend a trip if your checking out The New Forest.
Hatchet Pond
Hatchet Pond is the largest area of fresh water in the New Forest, which is located just outside the quaint village of Beaulieu. There are benches along the way, where you can take a rest and in the summer months there is often an ice cream van at Hatchet Pond car park too, where you can enjoy a nice refreshment after your walk. There is also a disabled toilet. We’ve been here during different months and times and it’s always stunning, relaxing and enjoyable. Whether taking in the view from your car, going for walks or having a picnic, we always have a great time here and recommend a trip if your checking out The New Forest.
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is all set to become one of the key visitor attractions in the South. The only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country, they show how brick making made the leap from small scale production to 20 million bricks a year. The fully restored and working machinery helped them to win the coveted Institute of Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award in 2011 and on Open Days they can show it all running as it was when it ceased producing bricks. On site you can see the patented method adopted to dry the bricks and the huge kiln block that was used to fire them ready for collection. The museum has other clay based collections on site and lots of opportunities on offer which makes a visit both enjoyable and educational.
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is all set to become one of the key visitor attractions in the South. The only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country, they show how brick making made the leap from small scale production to 20 million bricks a year. The fully restored and working machinery helped them to win the coveted Institute of Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award in 2011 and on Open Days they can show it all running as it was when it ceased producing bricks. On site you can see the patented method adopted to dry the bricks and the huge kiln block that was used to fire them ready for collection. The museum has other clay based collections on site and lots of opportunities on offer which makes a visit both enjoyable and educational.
Southampton Common is a large open space to the north of the city centre of Southampton, England. It is bounded by the districts of Shirley, Bassett, Highfield and Portswood. The area supports a large variety of wildlife, including the largest recorded population of the internationally rare great crested newt. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Southampton Common currently includes 365 acres (1.48 km2)[1] of woodland, parkland, rough grassland, ponds, wetlands, nature trails, a paddling pool, a children's play area, a model yachting lake, and a fishing lake. The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre at the southern end has been built on the former site of Southampton Zoo and the comprehensive displays document the natural history of the area; with interactive resources, educational facilities and information about local wildlife and environmental management. To the west, bordering on Hill Lane, is a historic cemetery that also includes many rare flora and fauna. Cemetery Lake is popular for birds. The south east of the Common includes an open-air paddling pool that has recently been refurbished and a play area for children. This is located near to a car parking zone and the Cowherds Inn, a local landmark which has a history going back to the 17th century.
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Southampton Common
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Southampton Common is a large open space to the north of the city centre of Southampton, England. It is bounded by the districts of Shirley, Bassett, Highfield and Portswood. The area supports a large variety of wildlife, including the largest recorded population of the internationally rare great crested newt. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Southampton Common currently includes 365 acres (1.48 km2)[1] of woodland, parkland, rough grassland, ponds, wetlands, nature trails, a paddling pool, a children's play area, a model yachting lake, and a fishing lake. The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre at the southern end has been built on the former site of Southampton Zoo and the comprehensive displays document the natural history of the area; with interactive resources, educational facilities and information about local wildlife and environmental management. To the west, bordering on Hill Lane, is a historic cemetery that also includes many rare flora and fauna. Cemetery Lake is popular for birds. The south east of the Common includes an open-air paddling pool that has recently been refurbished and a play area for children. This is located near to a car parking zone and the Cowherds Inn, a local landmark which has a history going back to the 17th century.
Hythe Pier, the Hythe Pier Railway and the Hythe Ferry provide a link between the English port city of Southampton and the Hampshire village of Hythe on the west side of Southampton Water. It is used both by commuters and tourists and forms an important link in the Solent Way and E9 European coastal paths. A ferry has operated from Hythe to Southampton since the Middle Ages, and it is marked on a map by Christopher Saxton of 1575. Steam vessels were introduced in 1830. From 1889 the Percy family were involved in the running of the ferry, and from 1900 to 1980 the service was run by the General Estates Company, owned by the Percy family. As a consequence of this, many of the ferries used carried the name Hotspur, named after Henry Percy or Hotspur, who was immortalised by William Shakespeare. On your arrival at Hythe Pier you can jump on the world’s oldest electric train, which will transport you to the pier entrance at Hythe. Hythe Pier Railway is Britain’s oldest continuously operating electric pier train and has been awarded a certificate to that effect by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Hythe Ferry
Hythe Pier, the Hythe Pier Railway and the Hythe Ferry provide a link between the English port city of Southampton and the Hampshire village of Hythe on the west side of Southampton Water. It is used both by commuters and tourists and forms an important link in the Solent Way and E9 European coastal paths. A ferry has operated from Hythe to Southampton since the Middle Ages, and it is marked on a map by Christopher Saxton of 1575. Steam vessels were introduced in 1830. From 1889 the Percy family were involved in the running of the ferry, and from 1900 to 1980 the service was run by the General Estates Company, owned by the Percy family. As a consequence of this, many of the ferries used carried the name Hotspur, named after Henry Percy or Hotspur, who was immortalised by William Shakespeare. On your arrival at Hythe Pier you can jump on the world’s oldest electric train, which will transport you to the pier entrance at Hythe. Hythe Pier Railway is Britain’s oldest continuously operating electric pier train and has been awarded a certificate to that effect by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Riverside Park is a 32 hectare site located along the River Itchen and includes six football pitches, two cricket pitches, a tennis court, skate park and three play areas. The Southampton and District Society of Model Engineers run a miniature railway open to the public on Sunday afternoons during the summer months. Take a leisurely walk along the River Itchen, a chalk river designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Recognised internationally as an important habitat for wildlife such as salmon, water voles, kingfishers, dragonflies and otters. The non-tidal section of the river support a variety of freshwater fish, including dace, roach and the migratory salmon and sea trout. Continuing along the river gives views onto the conservation areas on the other side where unusual species make their home including kingfisher, water vole, otter, various warblers and sometimes even cuckoos. The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project is a Heritage Lottery project managed by the Wildlife Trust preserving an internationally important chalk river system for future generations. They have produced a range of leaflets on walks along the Itchen Navigation from Riverside Park to Winchester. Bargeman's Walk Mansbridge is a two mile circular walk starting and ending at Woodmill.
Riverside Park
Riverside Park is a 32 hectare site located along the River Itchen and includes six football pitches, two cricket pitches, a tennis court, skate park and three play areas. The Southampton and District Society of Model Engineers run a miniature railway open to the public on Sunday afternoons during the summer months. Take a leisurely walk along the River Itchen, a chalk river designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Recognised internationally as an important habitat for wildlife such as salmon, water voles, kingfishers, dragonflies and otters. The non-tidal section of the river support a variety of freshwater fish, including dace, roach and the migratory salmon and sea trout. Continuing along the river gives views onto the conservation areas on the other side where unusual species make their home including kingfisher, water vole, otter, various warblers and sometimes even cuckoos. The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project is a Heritage Lottery project managed by the Wildlife Trust preserving an internationally important chalk river system for future generations. They have produced a range of leaflets on walks along the Itchen Navigation from Riverside Park to Winchester. Bargeman's Walk Mansbridge is a two mile circular walk starting and ending at Woodmill.
Southampton’s most important historic building, Tudor House reveals over 800 years of history in one fascinating location 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. Tudor House gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination.
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Tudor House & Garden
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Southampton’s most important historic building, Tudor House reveals over 800 years of history in one fascinating location 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. Tudor House gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination.
The Southampton City Art Gallery is located in the Civic Centre on Commercial Road. The gallery opened in 1939 with much of the initial funding from the gallery coming from two bequests one from Robert Chipperfield and another from Frederick William Smith. The gallery was damaged during World War II and repairing this damaged delayed its reopening until 1946. The gallery's art collection covers six centuries of European art history, with over 3,500 works. It is housed in an example of 1930s municipal architecture. The gallery holds a Designated Collection, considered of national importance. Highlights of the permanent collection include a 14th-century altarpiece by Allegretto Nuzi, of the Italian Giambattista Pittoni; the Perseus series by Burne-Jones; paintings by the Camden Town Group and The London Group; sculpture by Jacob Epstein, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg; and Richard Long photographs. Thousands of visitors explore the exhibitions and displays every month and, through a programme of educational activities, Southampton City Art Gallery provides opportunities for greater access, involvement and understanding of art for people of all ages. The gallery's educational service works closely with a range of professional visual artists, including Melanie Rose, Debra Marsh, Jo Bresloff and Alastair Eales.
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Southampton City Art Gallery
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The Southampton City Art Gallery is located in the Civic Centre on Commercial Road. The gallery opened in 1939 with much of the initial funding from the gallery coming from two bequests one from Robert Chipperfield and another from Frederick William Smith. The gallery was damaged during World War II and repairing this damaged delayed its reopening until 1946. The gallery's art collection covers six centuries of European art history, with over 3,500 works. It is housed in an example of 1930s municipal architecture. The gallery holds a Designated Collection, considered of national importance. Highlights of the permanent collection include a 14th-century altarpiece by Allegretto Nuzi, of the Italian Giambattista Pittoni; the Perseus series by Burne-Jones; paintings by the Camden Town Group and The London Group; sculpture by Jacob Epstein, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg; and Richard Long photographs. Thousands of visitors explore the exhibitions and displays every month and, through a programme of educational activities, Southampton City Art Gallery provides opportunities for greater access, involvement and understanding of art for people of all ages. The gallery's educational service works closely with a range of professional visual artists, including Melanie Rose, Debra Marsh, Jo Bresloff and Alastair Eales.
Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how they bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages. Nowhere was the tragedy of the Titanic disaster more felt than in Southampton, where more than 500 households lost a family member. Visitors to the museum will discover how many people worked on board and the huge variety of jobs the crew carried out. The centre-piece of this gallery features a 1:25 scale, interactive model of the Titanic, showing the intricate layout of the vessel. Visitors will be able to experience the sights and sounds of Southampton in 1912, when it was home port to some 23 steamship companies including Royal Mail, Union Castle and American Lines. The transfer of White Star Line’s transatlantic express service from Liverpool to Southampton in 1907 had established Southampton as Britain’s premier passenger port. The town was bustling with activity and the local economy flourished with new shops, restaurants and businesses. The White Star Dock, later known as Ocean Dock, opened in 1911. It was from here, Berth 44, that the Titanic was to leave Southampton on 10 April 1912. Through powerful oral testimony from survivors, the Disaster Room describes the sequence of events from the time the ship struck the iceberg to its sinking, and the rescue of passengers by the Carpathia. Also, there is a fascinating audio visual show for visitors to find out about the British Inquiry, which was held in London soon after the disaster.
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SeaCity Museum
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Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how they bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages. Nowhere was the tragedy of the Titanic disaster more felt than in Southampton, where more than 500 households lost a family member. Visitors to the museum will discover how many people worked on board and the huge variety of jobs the crew carried out. The centre-piece of this gallery features a 1:25 scale, interactive model of the Titanic, showing the intricate layout of the vessel. Visitors will be able to experience the sights and sounds of Southampton in 1912, when it was home port to some 23 steamship companies including Royal Mail, Union Castle and American Lines. The transfer of White Star Line’s transatlantic express service from Liverpool to Southampton in 1907 had established Southampton as Britain’s premier passenger port. The town was bustling with activity and the local economy flourished with new shops, restaurants and businesses. The White Star Dock, later known as Ocean Dock, opened in 1911. It was from here, Berth 44, that the Titanic was to leave Southampton on 10 April 1912. Through powerful oral testimony from survivors, the Disaster Room describes the sequence of events from the time the ship struck the iceberg to its sinking, and the rescue of passengers by the Carpathia. Also, there is a fascinating audio visual show for visitors to find out about the British Inquiry, which was held in London soon after the disaster.
Southampton's town walls are a sequence of defensive structures built around the town in southern England. Although earlier Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlements around Southampton had been fortified with walls or ditches, the later walls originate with the move of the town to the current site in the 10th century. This new town was defended by banks, ditches and the natural curve of the river and coastline. The Normans built a castle in Southampton but made no attempts to improve the wider defences of the town until the early 13th century, when Southampton's growing prosperity as a trading centre and conflict with France encouraged the construction of a number of gatehouses and stone walls to the north and east sides of the settlement. In 1338 Southampton was raided by French forces; the town's defences proved inadequate, particularly along the quays on the west and south of the city. Edward III ordered some immediate improvements to Southampton's town walls but it was not until the 1360s that substantial work began. Over the coming decades the town was entirely enclosed by a 2 km (1.25-mile) long stone wall, with 29 towers and eight gates. With the advent of gunpowder weapons in the 1360s and 1370s, Southampton was one of the first towns in England to install the new technology to existing fortifications and to build new towers specifically to house cannon. Southampton's town walls remained an important defensive feature during the 15th century, the gatehouses sometimes being used as important civic facilities, including acting as the town's guildhall and housing the town's gaol. From the end of the 17th century their importance steadily declined and the walls were slowly demolished or adapted for other uses throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. This process continued into the early 20th century until, in the post-war years, the walls were recognised as an important historical feature of Southampton. Conservation projects have since occurred and the walls are now promoted as a tourist attraction.
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Town Walls
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Southampton's town walls are a sequence of defensive structures built around the town in southern England. Although earlier Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlements around Southampton had been fortified with walls or ditches, the later walls originate with the move of the town to the current site in the 10th century. This new town was defended by banks, ditches and the natural curve of the river and coastline. The Normans built a castle in Southampton but made no attempts to improve the wider defences of the town until the early 13th century, when Southampton's growing prosperity as a trading centre and conflict with France encouraged the construction of a number of gatehouses and stone walls to the north and east sides of the settlement. In 1338 Southampton was raided by French forces; the town's defences proved inadequate, particularly along the quays on the west and south of the city. Edward III ordered some immediate improvements to Southampton's town walls but it was not until the 1360s that substantial work began. Over the coming decades the town was entirely enclosed by a 2 km (1.25-mile) long stone wall, with 29 towers and eight gates. With the advent of gunpowder weapons in the 1360s and 1370s, Southampton was one of the first towns in England to install the new technology to existing fortifications and to build new towers specifically to house cannon. Southampton's town walls remained an important defensive feature during the 15th century, the gatehouses sometimes being used as important civic facilities, including acting as the town's guildhall and housing the town's gaol. From the end of the 17th century their importance steadily declined and the walls were slowly demolished or adapted for other uses throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. This process continued into the early 20th century until, in the post-war years, the walls were recognised as an important historical feature of Southampton. Conservation projects have since occurred and the walls are now promoted as a tourist attraction.
The Titanic Engineers' Memorial is a memorial in East (Andrews) Park, Southampton, United Kingdom, to the engineers who died in the Titanic disaster on 15 April 1912. The bronze and granite memorial was originally unveiled by Sir Archibald Denny, president of the Institute of Marine Engineers on 22 April 1914. Joseph Bell was the Chief Engineer Officer on the RMS Titanic. His staff consisted of 24 engineers, 6 electrical engineers, two boilermakers, a plumber and a clerk. None survived the sinking. The monument was originally erected with funding from worldwide donations. It was designed and built by Whitehead and Son of the Imperial Works, Kennington Oval in London. Ferdinand Victor Blundstone was the sculptor. It is officially a Grade II listed building. It features a bronze statue of Nike, the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory, created by Trieste-born sculptor Romeo Rathmann, and carvings which represent the engineer officers of the ship, who died in the disaster. On a sunny afternoon on 22 April 1914, 100,000 people gathered in Andrews Park, Southampton to witness the unveiling of the memorial to the engineers who lost their lives on the Titanic two years earlier. The bronze and granite structure was draped in the Union flag. Unveiling the statue, Sir Archibald Denny said: "By the manner of their deaths [the engineers] carried out one of the finest traditions of our race." "They must have known that pumping could do no more than delay the final catastrophe, yet they stuck pluckily to their duty." "Driven back from boiler-room to boiler-room, fighting for every inch of draught to give time for the launching of the boats, not one of those brave officers was saved."
Titanic Engineers' Memorial
The Titanic Engineers' Memorial is a memorial in East (Andrews) Park, Southampton, United Kingdom, to the engineers who died in the Titanic disaster on 15 April 1912. The bronze and granite memorial was originally unveiled by Sir Archibald Denny, president of the Institute of Marine Engineers on 22 April 1914. Joseph Bell was the Chief Engineer Officer on the RMS Titanic. His staff consisted of 24 engineers, 6 electrical engineers, two boilermakers, a plumber and a clerk. None survived the sinking. The monument was originally erected with funding from worldwide donations. It was designed and built by Whitehead and Son of the Imperial Works, Kennington Oval in London. Ferdinand Victor Blundstone was the sculptor. It is officially a Grade II listed building. It features a bronze statue of Nike, the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory, created by Trieste-born sculptor Romeo Rathmann, and carvings which represent the engineer officers of the ship, who died in the disaster. On a sunny afternoon on 22 April 1914, 100,000 people gathered in Andrews Park, Southampton to witness the unveiling of the memorial to the engineers who lost their lives on the Titanic two years earlier. The bronze and granite structure was draped in the Union flag. Unveiling the statue, Sir Archibald Denny said: "By the manner of their deaths [the engineers] carried out one of the finest traditions of our race." "They must have known that pumping could do no more than delay the final catastrophe, yet they stuck pluckily to their duty." "Driven back from boiler-room to boiler-room, fighting for every inch of draught to give time for the launching of the boats, not one of those brave officers was saved."
The Bargate is a Grade I listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre of Southampton, England. Constructed in Norman times as part of the Southampton town walls, it was the main gateway to the city. The building is a scheduled monument, which has served as a temporary exhibition and event space for Southampton Solent University since 2012. It is the impressive north entrance to the medieval section of Southampton, which contains a wealth of character and heritage through its fascinating remains, monuments and buildings. Situated by the high street and West Quay shopping centre, it’s a great landmark to see if you’re in the area.
Bargate
The Bargate is a Grade I listed medieval gatehouse in the city centre of Southampton, England. Constructed in Norman times as part of the Southampton town walls, it was the main gateway to the city. The building is a scheduled monument, which has served as a temporary exhibition and event space for Southampton Solent University since 2012. It is the impressive north entrance to the medieval section of Southampton, which contains a wealth of character and heritage through its fascinating remains, monuments and buildings. Situated by the high street and West Quay shopping centre, it’s a great landmark to see if you’re in the area.
Holyrood Church (or Holy Rood Church) was one of the original five churches serving the old walled town of Southampton, England. Built in 1320, the church was destroyed by enemy bombing during the blitz in November 1940. In 1957 the shell of the church was dedicated as a memorial to the sailors of the Merchant Navy who lost their lives in World War II. It is a Grade II* listed building.
Holyrood Church
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Holyrood Church (or Holy Rood Church) was one of the original five churches serving the old walled town of Southampton, England. Built in 1320, the church was destroyed by enemy bombing during the blitz in November 1940. In 1957 the shell of the church was dedicated as a memorial to the sailors of the Merchant Navy who lost their lives in World War II. It is a Grade II* listed building.
St. Michael the Archangel Church is the oldest building still in use in the city of Southampton, having been founded in 1070, and is the only church still active of the five originally in the medieval walled town. The church is a Grade I Listed building.
St Michael the Archangel, Southampton
St. Michael the Archangel Church is the oldest building still in use in the city of Southampton, having been founded in 1070, and is the only church still active of the five originally in the medieval walled town. The church is a Grade I Listed building.
Mayflower Park is a large waterfront park, in the old part of the City with views over The River Test. It is one of the most used of our city parks and continues to be very popular with residents and visitors to the city alike. Being the only city centre waterside park with views across the tidal reaches of the River Test, with all its maritime traffic, makes it a very important resource to the city. The park is especially important to the residents of the inner city estates and numerous new residential developments in its catchment area as well as the guests of the adjacent hotels. During the Boat Show, including setting up time, access to the park is restricted. This scenic city park was named after the historic sailing from Southampton to America by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620.
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Mayflower Park
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Mayflower Park is a large waterfront park, in the old part of the City with views over The River Test. It is one of the most used of our city parks and continues to be very popular with residents and visitors to the city alike. Being the only city centre waterside park with views across the tidal reaches of the River Test, with all its maritime traffic, makes it a very important resource to the city. The park is especially important to the residents of the inner city estates and numerous new residential developments in its catchment area as well as the guests of the adjacent hotels. During the Boat Show, including setting up time, access to the park is restricted. This scenic city park was named after the historic sailing from Southampton to America by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620.
Roughly 10 miles from Southampton, Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoo situated in Colden Common near Winchester, in the English county of Hampshire. It is owned and run by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species. The charity undertakes a range of educational and conservation activities, with a particular focus on Africa in addition to work from its base. We’ve been here several times and always have a great time! There’s plenty to see and do and the animals are amazing!
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Marwell Zoo
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Roughly 10 miles from Southampton, Marwell Zoo is a 140-acre zoo situated in Colden Common near Winchester, in the English county of Hampshire. It is owned and run by the registered charity Marwell Wildlife. The zoo is home to over 1,200 animals of 135 species. The charity undertakes a range of educational and conservation activities, with a particular focus on Africa in addition to work from its base. We’ve been here several times and always have a great time! There’s plenty to see and do and the animals are amazing!
Roughly 54 miles from Southampton, Durdle Door (sometimes written Durdle Dor) is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England. It is owned by the Welds, a family who own 12,000 acres in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate. It is open to the public. We visited there recently and were stunned at the scenery and beaches. A real marvel and an amazing place to visit if you’re in the Dorset area, highly recommended!
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Durdle Door
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Roughly 54 miles from Southampton, Durdle Door (sometimes written Durdle Dor) is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England. It is owned by the Welds, a family who own 12,000 acres in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate. It is open to the public. We visited there recently and were stunned at the scenery and beaches. A real marvel and an amazing place to visit if you’re in the Dorset area, highly recommended!
Roughly 33 miles from Southampton, Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) wide, and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred tumuli (burial mounds). Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first bluestones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, although they may have been at the site as early as 3000 BC. One of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. It has been a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882, when legislation to protect historic monuments was first successfully introduced in Britain. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust. Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another 500 years. We had an incredible time visiting Stonehenge. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen before and absolutely fascinating to witness and learn about. A remarkable and unique site to see and experience, highly recommended!
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Stonehenge
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Roughly 33 miles from Southampton, Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) wide, and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred tumuli (burial mounds). Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first bluestones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, although they may have been at the site as early as 3000 BC. One of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. It has been a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882, when legislation to protect historic monuments was first successfully introduced in Britain. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust. Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another 500 years. We had an incredible time visiting Stonehenge. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen before and absolutely fascinating to witness and learn about. A remarkable and unique site to see and experience, highly recommended!
Roughly 12 miles from Southampton, Winchester Cathedral is a cathedral of the Church of England in Winchester, Hampshire, England. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral. Dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Saint Peter, Saint Paul and, before the Reformation, Saint Swithun, it is the seat of the Bishop of Winchester and centre of the Diocese of Winchester. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building. The Cathedral is the opposite of a dusty museum. It’s an inspiring space for daily worship and a busy community hosting a huge range of activities. Over 80 full and part-time staff and 700 volunteers keep everything running smoothly, led by the Dean and Chapter with guidance from the Bishop and expert advisors. Charitable trusts, foundations and supporters also make a huge contribution. An incredible site to behold, its stunning both inside and out. They have a variety or tours and often host events and concerts inside. Highly recommended!
Winchester Cathedral
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Roughly 12 miles from Southampton, Winchester Cathedral is a cathedral of the Church of England in Winchester, Hampshire, England. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral. Dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Saint Peter, Saint Paul and, before the Reformation, Saint Swithun, it is the seat of the Bishop of Winchester and centre of the Diocese of Winchester. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building. The Cathedral is the opposite of a dusty museum. It’s an inspiring space for daily worship and a busy community hosting a huge range of activities. Over 80 full and part-time staff and 700 volunteers keep everything running smoothly, led by the Dean and Chapter with guidance from the Bishop and expert advisors. Charitable trusts, foundations and supporters also make a huge contribution. An incredible site to behold, its stunning both inside and out. They have a variety or tours and often host events and concerts inside. Highly recommended!
Roughly 12 miles from Southampton. The Great Hall, “one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century”, contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle. Come and see the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend that has dominated Winchester’s ancient Great Hall for centuries. This is one of the finest surviving examples of a 13th century aisled hall and is an enhancement of the original Winchester Castle built by William the Conqueror. Discover the history and uncover the battles, secrets and trials for terrorism and treason held here. We really enjoyed visiting this place, growing up with stories of King Arthur and The Round Table it was amazing to see and learn more about it in person.
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The Great Hall
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Roughly 12 miles from Southampton. The Great Hall, “one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century”, contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur’s Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle. Come and see the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend that has dominated Winchester’s ancient Great Hall for centuries. This is one of the finest surviving examples of a 13th century aisled hall and is an enhancement of the original Winchester Castle built by William the Conqueror. Discover the history and uncover the battles, secrets and trials for terrorism and treason held here. We really enjoyed visiting this place, growing up with stories of King Arthur and The Round Table it was amazing to see and learn more about it in person.
Roughly 12 miles from Southampton, Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of the historic city of Winchester since Saxon times. Over 1,000 years old, Winchester City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the country. The building has a fascinating past, with connections to Alfred the Great, Mary Tudor and JMW Turner. From near destruction in the 1920s, City Mill has been painstakingly restored by the National Trust. Today, it still produces and sells freshly ground wholemeal flour.
Winchester City Mill
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Roughly 12 miles from Southampton, Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of the historic city of Winchester since Saxon times. Over 1,000 years old, Winchester City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the country. The building has a fascinating past, with connections to Alfred the Great, Mary Tudor and JMW Turner. From near destruction in the 1920s, City Mill has been painstakingly restored by the National Trust. Today, it still produces and sells freshly ground wholemeal flour.
Roughly 12 miles from Southampton, St. Catherine's Hill is a 43-hectare (110-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the outskirts of Winchester in Hampshire. It is managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and most of it is an Iron Age hillfort, which is a Scheduled Monument. The top of the hill is ringed by the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort. In the centre a copse of beech trees contains the site of the 12th-century chapel of St. Catherine. There is also a mizmaze, probably cut between 1647 and 1710. The hill was cut off from the Itchen water meadows for over a hundred years by the construction of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in the 1890s and the Winchester By-pass (A33) in the 1930s. The railway closed in the 1960s and the road was removed following construction of the M3 motorway to the east through Twyford Down in the 1990s. Whilst this reunited the hill with its historic setting to the west, it is now largely cut off from the hills to the east. The routing of the original by-pass to the east of Winchester had been controversial and its replacement by the M3 led to a large-scale protest. The hill was where the game of Winchester College football was played after being moved from Kingsgate Street and before moving to its modern form on canvases around the school. In 1922, money raised by The Old Wykehamist Lodge of Freemasons hosting the Public Schools Lodge's Council Festival was used to buy the hill and donate it to the College. We love going for walks here, the scenery and views are beautiful and the walk up the steps is a killer!
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St. Catherine's Hill
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Roughly 12 miles from Southampton, St. Catherine's Hill is a 43-hectare (110-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the outskirts of Winchester in Hampshire. It is managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and most of it is an Iron Age hillfort, which is a Scheduled Monument. The top of the hill is ringed by the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort. In the centre a copse of beech trees contains the site of the 12th-century chapel of St. Catherine. There is also a mizmaze, probably cut between 1647 and 1710. The hill was cut off from the Itchen water meadows for over a hundred years by the construction of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in the 1890s and the Winchester By-pass (A33) in the 1930s. The railway closed in the 1960s and the road was removed following construction of the M3 motorway to the east through Twyford Down in the 1990s. Whilst this reunited the hill with its historic setting to the west, it is now largely cut off from the hills to the east. The routing of the original by-pass to the east of Winchester had been controversial and its replacement by the M3 led to a large-scale protest. The hill was where the game of Winchester College football was played after being moved from Kingsgate Street and before moving to its modern form on canvases around the school. In 1922, money raised by The Old Wykehamist Lodge of Freemasons hosting the Public Schools Lodge's Council Festival was used to buy the hill and donate it to the College. We love going for walks here, the scenery and views are beautiful and the walk up the steps is a killer!
Based at Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester and 27 miles from Southampton, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. The distillery showcases the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire, and allows you to discover the flavours of the botanicals which make Bombay Sapphire gin so unique. All experiences must be booked online in advance. Discovery Experience - Explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery with a distillery host to guide you. Discover exotic botanicals in the Glasshouses with an insight into Thomas Heatherwick's inspired design. Your host will then help you uncover the Botanical Dry Room, to discover your preferred flavour palate. Go behind the scenes of the unique processes in the Dakin Still House before your host leaves you to enjoy a drink in the Mill Bar, alongside the beautiful River Test. Gin Master Class - The Gin Cocktail Masterclass is an interactive session on cocktail culture providing the opportunity to learn and create cocktails with our Gin Experts. Uncover the history and versatility of Bombay Sapphire. Learn about the tools of the bar trade and discover tricks of the trade that will help create cocktails. Our Gin Experts will entertain with tales as they make examples live in front of you. Take your place behind the bar to make a cocktail or two then savour the fruits of your labour. The Discovery Experience is also included in the cost of the Gin Cocktail Masterclass.
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Bombay Sapphire Distillery
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Based at Laverstoke Mill in rural Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester and 27 miles from Southampton, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a conservation area with over 1000 years of history. The distillery showcases the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire, and allows you to discover the flavours of the botanicals which make Bombay Sapphire gin so unique. All experiences must be booked online in advance. Discovery Experience - Explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery with a distillery host to guide you. Discover exotic botanicals in the Glasshouses with an insight into Thomas Heatherwick's inspired design. Your host will then help you uncover the Botanical Dry Room, to discover your preferred flavour palate. Go behind the scenes of the unique processes in the Dakin Still House before your host leaves you to enjoy a drink in the Mill Bar, alongside the beautiful River Test. Gin Master Class - The Gin Cocktail Masterclass is an interactive session on cocktail culture providing the opportunity to learn and create cocktails with our Gin Experts. Uncover the history and versatility of Bombay Sapphire. Learn about the tools of the bar trade and discover tricks of the trade that will help create cocktails. Our Gin Experts will entertain with tales as they make examples live in front of you. Take your place behind the bar to make a cocktail or two then savour the fruits of your labour. The Discovery Experience is also included in the cost of the Gin Cocktail Masterclass.
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum comprising 72 hectares (180 acres) accommodating over 42,000 trees and shrubs in about 12,000 taxa, notably a collection of oaks, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron. The Gardens are located roughly 9 miles from Southampton in Hampshire, England, and were formerly known simply as the Hillier Arboretum, founded by nurseryman Harold Hillier in June 1953 when he acquired Jermyn's House and its grounds. The arboretum was given to Hampshire County Council in 1977 to be managed as a charitable trust. Sir Harold Hillier was knighted in 1983, just two years before his death at age 80 in 1985. The Gardens were listed as Grade II on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in 1997. We had an amazing day out here, the gardens, plants, trees and flower displays are spectacular and the environment is relaxing and beautiful, highly recommended!
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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
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The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum comprising 72 hectares (180 acres) accommodating over 42,000 trees and shrubs in about 12,000 taxa, notably a collection of oaks, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron. The Gardens are located roughly 9 miles from Southampton in Hampshire, England, and were formerly known simply as the Hillier Arboretum, founded by nurseryman Harold Hillier in June 1953 when he acquired Jermyn's House and its grounds. The arboretum was given to Hampshire County Council in 1977 to be managed as a charitable trust. Sir Harold Hillier was knighted in 1983, just two years before his death at age 80 in 1985. The Gardens were listed as Grade II on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in 1997. We had an amazing day out here, the gardens, plants, trees and flower displays are spectacular and the environment is relaxing and beautiful, highly recommended!
Mottisfont Abbey is a historical priory and country estate in Hampshire, England roughly 13 miles from Southampton. Sheltered in the valley of the River Test, the property is now operated by the National Trust. About 350,000 people visit each year. The site includes the historic house museum which features regularly changing art exhibitions, gardens, including a walled rose garden which is home to the National Collection of ancestral species and 19th-century rose cultivars and a riverside walk. It is a Grade I listed building.
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Mottisfont
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Mottisfont Abbey is a historical priory and country estate in Hampshire, England roughly 13 miles from Southampton. Sheltered in the valley of the River Test, the property is now operated by the National Trust. About 350,000 people visit each year. The site includes the historic house museum which features regularly changing art exhibitions, gardens, including a walled rose garden which is home to the National Collection of ancestral species and 19th-century rose cultivars and a riverside walk. It is a Grade I listed building.
Portsdown Hill is a long chalk ridge in Hampshire, England roughly 16 miles from Southampton. The highest point of the hill lies within Fort Southwick at 131m above sea level. The ridge offers good views to the south over Portsmouth, the Solent, Hayling Island and Gosport, with the Isle of Wight beyond. The hill is on the mainland, just to the north of Ports Creek, which separates the mainland from Portsea Island, on which lies the main part of the city of Portsmouth, one of the United Kingdom's main naval bases. To the north lies the Forest of Bere, with the South Downs visible in the distance. Butser Hill can be seen on a clear day. The hill is formed from an inlier of chalk which has been brought to the surface by an east-west upfold of the local strata known as the Portsdown Anticline. Southwick House is close by the north side of the hill, the HQ for U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower during the D-Day invasions; the generals prayed together before D-Day at Christ Church Portsdown, on the hill, which has a memorial window. The A3(M) motorway cuts through the east side of the hill while the original A3 climbs over the centre by the George Inn pub and Christ Church. The nearest railway stations (from west to east) are Portchester, Cosham and Bedhampton. There are many stories about real and imagined tunnels in the hill. The area contains active military research establishments, including one of the core sites of Dstl (known as Dstl Portsdown West) and sites run by QinetiQ. P art of the hill has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Most of the southern flank of the ridge is designated as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and thereby freely available for the public to enjoy on foot. We’ve been here at night several times and the view is just stunning! We enjoyed relaxing in the car with music and taking in the scenery. There’s also a popular 24 hour burger van which does some great food!
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Portsdown Hill Viewpoint
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Portsdown Hill is a long chalk ridge in Hampshire, England roughly 16 miles from Southampton. The highest point of the hill lies within Fort Southwick at 131m above sea level. The ridge offers good views to the south over Portsmouth, the Solent, Hayling Island and Gosport, with the Isle of Wight beyond. The hill is on the mainland, just to the north of Ports Creek, which separates the mainland from Portsea Island, on which lies the main part of the city of Portsmouth, one of the United Kingdom's main naval bases. To the north lies the Forest of Bere, with the South Downs visible in the distance. Butser Hill can be seen on a clear day. The hill is formed from an inlier of chalk which has been brought to the surface by an east-west upfold of the local strata known as the Portsdown Anticline. Southwick House is close by the north side of the hill, the HQ for U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower during the D-Day invasions; the generals prayed together before D-Day at Christ Church Portsdown, on the hill, which has a memorial window. The A3(M) motorway cuts through the east side of the hill while the original A3 climbs over the centre by the George Inn pub and Christ Church. The nearest railway stations (from west to east) are Portchester, Cosham and Bedhampton. There are many stories about real and imagined tunnels in the hill. The area contains active military research establishments, including one of the core sites of Dstl (known as Dstl Portsdown West) and sites run by QinetiQ. P art of the hill has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Most of the southern flank of the ridge is designated as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and thereby freely available for the public to enjoy on foot. We’ve been here at night several times and the view is just stunning! We enjoyed relaxing in the car with music and taking in the scenery. There’s also a popular 24 hour burger van which does some great food!
The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark observation tower in Portsmouth, England roughly 20 miles from Southampton. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection. The tower, designed by local firm HGP Architects and engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history through its being modelled and named after a spinnaker, a type of sail that balloons outward. The tower was opened on 18 October 2005. The tower is owned by Portsmouth City Council, but operationally it is managed by Continuum Leading Attractions, a cultural attractions group based in York. Continuum also runs five other visitor attractions across the country. Following a commercial sponsorship deal with Dubai-based Emirates airline, the tower was renamed in July 2015.
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Spinnaker Tower
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The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre (560 ft) landmark observation tower in Portsmouth, England roughly 20 miles from Southampton. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection. The tower, designed by local firm HGP Architects and engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history through its being modelled and named after a spinnaker, a type of sail that balloons outward. The tower was opened on 18 October 2005. The tower is owned by Portsmouth City Council, but operationally it is managed by Continuum Leading Attractions, a cultural attractions group based in York. Continuum also runs five other visitor attractions across the country. Following a commercial sponsorship deal with Dubai-based Emirates airline, the tower was renamed in July 2015.
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The Mayflower is the biggest theatre on the south coast with just over 2,270 seats in their auditorium. They have a diverse range of shows and present a mixture of spectacular touring productions, from musicals - many direct from the West End – to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy. We’ve seen lots of productions here and always have a wonderful time! The theatre itself is stunning and they have a top floor restaurant which serves delicious food before the performances begin (going up for desert in the interval is always fun!). Well worth a show and dinner package when you’re here!
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Mayflower Theatre Ltd
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The Mayflower is the biggest theatre on the south coast with just over 2,270 seats in their auditorium. They have a diverse range of shows and present a mixture of spectacular touring productions, from musicals - many direct from the West End – to dance, opera, drama, ballet and comedy. We’ve seen lots of productions here and always have a wonderful time! The theatre itself is stunning and they have a top floor restaurant which serves delicious food before the performances begin (going up for desert in the interval is always fun!). Well worth a show and dinner package when you’re here!
Go Ape Southampton is set against a backdrop of beautiful water meadows and woodland, these Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure courses are on the upper level of the Go Ape height scale. Throw in some tricky tree-high crossings and super speedy zip wires and you have all the making of a brilliant outdoor adventure. Whether you’re a thrill seeker after your next adrenaline rush or a family looking to make special memories, the Southampton site ticks all the boxes. They have also have toilets, a picnic and play area, a gift shop and food and drink. A fun, challenging and thrilling day out! We did the Treetop Challenge and had an absolute blast! A really fun, challenging and enjoyable experience. We highly recommend checking this place out and the surrounding country park is beautiful as well, perfect to have a picnic in afterwards!
Go Ape Southampton
Go Ape Southampton is set against a backdrop of beautiful water meadows and woodland, these Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure courses are on the upper level of the Go Ape height scale. Throw in some tricky tree-high crossings and super speedy zip wires and you have all the making of a brilliant outdoor adventure. Whether you’re a thrill seeker after your next adrenaline rush or a family looking to make special memories, the Southampton site ticks all the boxes. They have also have toilets, a picnic and play area, a gift shop and food and drink. A fun, challenging and thrilling day out! We did the Treetop Challenge and had an absolute blast! A really fun, challenging and enjoyable experience. We highly recommend checking this place out and the surrounding country park is beautiful as well, perfect to have a picnic in afterwards!
The Brook is a lively, diverse and award-winning Independent Music Venue established since 1994 in Southampton. Long considered a favourite in the South of England. It is a large and beautiful old Victorian building full of character and charm, yet still maintaining an intimate concert space, where all who want can get up close and personal with live artists and performers. It boasts fantastic acoustics and unrivalled sight lines thanks to the split-level layout, with superb facilities - the wide and high stage is complimented by an equally wide main floor, both of which are overlooked by a wrap-around balcony that gives a perfect view of the performance. The Brook is for artists and audiences who are lovers of a unique atmosphere. It is for those who are excited by the variety of high-quality music and artistry on offer, reaching out to a local and wider community and even an international fan base. The venue has played host to a wide spectrum of artists, including Bill Wyman, Alabama 3, The Hoosiers, Andrew Roachford MBE, Raghu Dixit and the late John Martyn OBE as well as comedians such as Michael McIntyre, Imran Yusuf, Simon Pegg and Andy Hamilton to name a few. More recently The Brook has welcomed onto its stage the brilliant Passenger, Jess Glynn, Rixton, Mel C, Pubic Service Broadcasting, Tom Odell, Lucy Rose, Billy Bragg, Taylor Hawkins, London Grammar and Katchafire.
The Brook
466 Portswood Rd
The Brook is a lively, diverse and award-winning Independent Music Venue established since 1994 in Southampton. Long considered a favourite in the South of England. It is a large and beautiful old Victorian building full of character and charm, yet still maintaining an intimate concert space, where all who want can get up close and personal with live artists and performers. It boasts fantastic acoustics and unrivalled sight lines thanks to the split-level layout, with superb facilities - the wide and high stage is complimented by an equally wide main floor, both of which are overlooked by a wrap-around balcony that gives a perfect view of the performance. The Brook is for artists and audiences who are lovers of a unique atmosphere. It is for those who are excited by the variety of high-quality music and artistry on offer, reaching out to a local and wider community and even an international fan base. The venue has played host to a wide spectrum of artists, including Bill Wyman, Alabama 3, The Hoosiers, Andrew Roachford MBE, Raghu Dixit and the late John Martyn OBE as well as comedians such as Michael McIntyre, Imran Yusuf, Simon Pegg and Andy Hamilton to name a few. More recently The Brook has welcomed onto its stage the brilliant Passenger, Jess Glynn, Rixton, Mel C, Pubic Service Broadcasting, Tom Odell, Lucy Rose, Billy Bragg, Taylor Hawkins, London Grammar and Katchafire.
Enjoy a great family day out at Manor Farm meeting friendly farm animals as you stroll around the traditional farmyard. There is always something new to see with baby animals and all the usual farmyard favourites. Take part in daily farm activities, explore the farmhouse and farm buildings, take part in a Victorian school lesson, and join a farmyard walk (weekends and holidays only). Once you’ve met all the animals why not visit the play area with it’s play tractor, combine harvester and pedal tractor circuit. The Café, just outside the entrance to the farm, offers a selection of food and drink from teas and ice creams to hot food.
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Manor Farm
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Enjoy a great family day out at Manor Farm meeting friendly farm animals as you stroll around the traditional farmyard. There is always something new to see with baby animals and all the usual farmyard favourites. Take part in daily farm activities, explore the farmhouse and farm buildings, take part in a Victorian school lesson, and join a farmyard walk (weekends and holidays only). Once you’ve met all the animals why not visit the play area with it’s play tractor, combine harvester and pedal tractor circuit. The Café, just outside the entrance to the farm, offers a selection of food and drink from teas and ice creams to hot food.
St James' Park, Southampton is a recreational area situated in the district of Shirley, Southampton opposite St James' Church, Southampton. It is adjacent to Winchester Road and surrounded by housing, some of it dating from the mid Victorian Period. It is supported by The Friends Of St James' Park who run a cafe and organise community events. The land now occupied by the park was gradually surrounded by housing as the suburb of Shirley, Southampton developed in the mid 1800s. At first it remained grazing land but eventually became a nursery and then a gravel pit. This last use has resulted in the park having a pleasant sunken appearance. In 1907 the land was purchased by the local authority and became a public park after landscaping in 1911.
Friends of St.James' Park, Southampton
St James' Park, Southampton is a recreational area situated in the district of Shirley, Southampton opposite St James' Church, Southampton. It is adjacent to Winchester Road and surrounded by housing, some of it dating from the mid Victorian Period. It is supported by The Friends Of St James' Park who run a cafe and organise community events. The land now occupied by the park was gradually surrounded by housing as the suburb of Shirley, Southampton developed in the mid 1800s. At first it remained grazing land but eventually became a nursery and then a gravel pit. This last use has resulted in the park having a pleasant sunken appearance. In 1907 the land was purchased by the local authority and became a public park after landscaping in 1911.
Oasis Down to Earth Farm is a community centre with a difference: they are based on a farm in urban Southampton. As a not-for-profit charity, their mission is to provide a socially inclusive, happy experience where people of all abilities and differences are respected and valued. They aim to educate, empower and engage with the local community. They offer people the opportunity to interact with animals and the natural environment. The facilities include a barn, dairy, large garden to grow fruit and vegetables, pond, woodland area, wood workshop and two fully equipped community buildings suitable for a range of indoor activities. During the week they offer activities for adults with Learning Disabilities, children with special needs (SEN and NEET) and groups for people living with Dementia. At the weekend they host children's birthday parties and are open to the general public. The Farm was formed in 1992 and was the amalgamation of Southampton City Farm and Millbrook School Rural Science Unit and became Down to Earth Farm. It has been a City farm since 1976 with horticultural route for the site dating back to 1936. In 2008 Oasis Community Learning (part of Oasis Academy Lord's Hill) took over the running of the farm from Southampton City council. In 2020 the farm changed its name back to Southampton City Farm. The farm recently lost some land so now tend Approx. 1.2 hectares of workable land alongside the community building and other buildings which facilitate the programs that run throughout the week. The land is mostly devoted to grazing areas for the animals, with a horticultural area at the western end of the site where they aim to grow a diverse crop to feed the animals and begin to provide ingredients for the kitchen.
Oasis Down to Earth Farm
Oasis Down to Earth Farm is a community centre with a difference: they are based on a farm in urban Southampton. As a not-for-profit charity, their mission is to provide a socially inclusive, happy experience where people of all abilities and differences are respected and valued. They aim to educate, empower and engage with the local community. They offer people the opportunity to interact with animals and the natural environment. The facilities include a barn, dairy, large garden to grow fruit and vegetables, pond, woodland area, wood workshop and two fully equipped community buildings suitable for a range of indoor activities. During the week they offer activities for adults with Learning Disabilities, children with special needs (SEN and NEET) and groups for people living with Dementia. At the weekend they host children's birthday parties and are open to the general public. The Farm was formed in 1992 and was the amalgamation of Southampton City Farm and Millbrook School Rural Science Unit and became Down to Earth Farm. It has been a City farm since 1976 with horticultural route for the site dating back to 1936. In 2008 Oasis Community Learning (part of Oasis Academy Lord's Hill) took over the running of the farm from Southampton City council. In 2020 the farm changed its name back to Southampton City Farm. The farm recently lost some land so now tend Approx. 1.2 hectares of workable land alongside the community building and other buildings which facilitate the programs that run throughout the week. The land is mostly devoted to grazing areas for the animals, with a horticultural area at the western end of the site where they aim to grow a diverse crop to feed the animals and begin to provide ingredients for the kitchen.
This busy and lively 450-berth marina is hopping with activity with private yachts, cruise ships, fine dining establishments and shopping.
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Ocean Village
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This busy and lively 450-berth marina is hopping with activity with private yachts, cruise ships, fine dining establishments and shopping.
The Joiners Arms is a small music venue in St Mary's, Southampton, England. It has played host to many up-and-coming bands including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Green Day, Muse, Arctic Monkeys & 1000's more. The Joiners opened as a music venue in 1968 and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. It welcomes gig goers of all ages and has a community family ran vibe.
The Joiners
141 St Mary St
The Joiners Arms is a small music venue in St Mary's, Southampton, England. It has played host to many up-and-coming bands including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Green Day, Muse, Arctic Monkeys & 1000's more. The Joiners opened as a music venue in 1968 and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. It welcomes gig goers of all ages and has a community family ran vibe.
Learn to sail with Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC). Located in the heart of Southampton, they run RYA sailing and powerboating courses for adults and children alike as well as first aid, navigation theory, sea survival and VHF radio communication. Their purpose built facility boasts exceptional access for the disabled so they can cater for all abilities from age eight upwards.
Southampton Water Activities Centre
Learn to sail with Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC). Located in the heart of Southampton, they run RYA sailing and powerboating courses for adults and children alike as well as first aid, navigation theory, sea survival and VHF radio communication. Their purpose built facility boasts exceptional access for the disabled so they can cater for all abilities from age eight upwards.
Roughly 8 miles from Southampton, Paultons is the UK’s number 1 family theme park — located in Hampshire with over 70 exciting rides and attractions, set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Paultons is also home of the UK's only Peppa Pig World with 9 fun Peppa-themed rides, great for an amazing day out with the kids. Enjoy roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, water splash parks, entertainments and an astonishing collection of birds and animals at the amusement park.
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Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World
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Roughly 8 miles from Southampton, Paultons is the UK’s number 1 family theme park — located in Hampshire with over 70 exciting rides and attractions, set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Paultons is also home of the UK's only Peppa Pig World with 9 fun Peppa-themed rides, great for an amazing day out with the kids. Enjoy roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, water splash parks, entertainments and an astonishing collection of birds and animals at the amusement park.
There’s farmyard fun for the whole family at Longdown Activity Farm. Join in with a daily schedule of hands-on activities including bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, the Animal Encounter Barn, and duck feeding (Social distancing rules will apply.) There are lots of friendly animals to meet including donkeys, alpacas, cute chicks, Pygmy goats, Kunekune pigs, cows and many more. Explore in and around the farmyard buildings, there’s so much to see and do. Don’t miss the brilliantly bumpy tractor and trailer ride, which is free of charge (ground conditions permitting). We had a great time visiting here. The surrounding area is beautiful, the staff are friendly and the bottle feeding was really fun and special, highly recommended!
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Longdown Activity Farm
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There’s farmyard fun for the whole family at Longdown Activity Farm. Join in with a daily schedule of hands-on activities including bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, the Animal Encounter Barn, and duck feeding (Social distancing rules will apply.) There are lots of friendly animals to meet including donkeys, alpacas, cute chicks, Pygmy goats, Kunekune pigs, cows and many more. Explore in and around the farmyard buildings, there’s so much to see and do. Don’t miss the brilliantly bumpy tractor and trailer ride, which is free of charge (ground conditions permitting). We had a great time visiting here. The surrounding area is beautiful, the staff are friendly and the bottle feeding was really fun and special, highly recommended!
Calshot Activities Centre offer a wide range of exciting water and land based activities, for all abilities and ages throughout the year, either indoors within its historic hangars which accommodate a climbing complex, an indoor velodrome and a dry ski slope or outdoors on land or the water. Whether you’re a family looking to do some activities together, a group of friends wanting a fun day out, organising a celebration with a difference or a club wanting a social event - Calshot has it all. From half day to week long residential visits, with every programme tailored for the individual group. Coaching is to a high standard and the highly experienced instructors will provide helpful advice on all aspects of your chosen activity / sport. With onsite accommodation and meals for residential courses/activities, a cafe/bar and the facilities are accessible to all.
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Calshot Activities Centre
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Calshot Activities Centre offer a wide range of exciting water and land based activities, for all abilities and ages throughout the year, either indoors within its historic hangars which accommodate a climbing complex, an indoor velodrome and a dry ski slope or outdoors on land or the water. Whether you’re a family looking to do some activities together, a group of friends wanting a fun day out, organising a celebration with a difference or a club wanting a social event - Calshot has it all. From half day to week long residential visits, with every programme tailored for the individual group. Coaching is to a high standard and the highly experienced instructors will provide helpful advice on all aspects of your chosen activity / sport. With onsite accommodation and meals for residential courses/activities, a cafe/bar and the facilities are accessible to all.
Alpaca Farming Hensting Alpacas is a family run business, here it the local countryside of Hampshire. They originally purchased a piece of land as an investment and set about searching for ideas as to what to do with it. They decided upon alpacas as a viable option and quickly discovered just how adorable and addictive these animals are. Their journey began by meeting other breeders and of course, alpacas. Having scrupulously researched and read an abundance of information and prepared the land, they then welcomed their starter herd of alpaca to Alpaca Meadow. Now amid their twelfth summer of successful birthing and having begun to sell stock, they currently have 60 alpacas, and expect 12 births in 2020, so the herd is steadily growing. They have developed their smallholding into an enterprise and ensure the best for the animals and customers at all times. In fact, in order to accommodate our growing enterprise, in 2012 they invested in a further 12 acres encompassing a mile of the River Navigation. They have since started Walking Alpacas at the farm on the land we they own in Otterbourne.
Alpaca Walking Hensting Alpacas
Alpaca Farming Hensting Alpacas is a family run business, here it the local countryside of Hampshire. They originally purchased a piece of land as an investment and set about searching for ideas as to what to do with it. They decided upon alpacas as a viable option and quickly discovered just how adorable and addictive these animals are. Their journey began by meeting other breeders and of course, alpacas. Having scrupulously researched and read an abundance of information and prepared the land, they then welcomed their starter herd of alpaca to Alpaca Meadow. Now amid their twelfth summer of successful birthing and having begun to sell stock, they currently have 60 alpacas, and expect 12 births in 2020, so the herd is steadily growing. They have developed their smallholding into an enterprise and ensure the best for the animals and customers at all times. In fact, in order to accommodate our growing enterprise, in 2012 they invested in a further 12 acres encompassing a mile of the River Navigation. They have since started Walking Alpacas at the farm on the land we they own in Otterbourne.
Exciting Escapes is an entertainment and team building company that provides fun Escape Room experiences to teams of Friends, Family and Colleagues alike. Based in Hampshire, it was started in 2016 by brothers David and Peter Gale. Within 3 months of opening their first site in Southampton it was voted on TripAdvisor as the #1 ‘Fun thing to do’ in Southampton. Three months later, it became TripAdvisor’s #1 ‘Fun thing to do’ across the whole of Hampshire! Now with over 3,000 5-star customer reviews (Facebook, Google and TripAdvisor) there are also sites in Basingstoke and Portsmouth and with more expansion planned in 2019! Escape Room experiences are a relatively new activity for the UK, but have been around for 10 years or more across Asia and Eastern Europe. Though the adventures are different in each one, the basic premise is generally the same. You have 60 minutes to take part in a story as a team, to search for clues, uncover secrets, solve puzzles and complete tasks. Success comes from good teamwork, great communication, and a willingness to get involved and have some fun! Over 50,000 people have now played a mission at Exciting Escapes. From corporate team building to school outings, Date nights to Hen and Stag Parties, and ages from 8 to 80. Everyone seems to find something they can enjoy about taking on one of their Escape Room challenges.
Exciting Escapes - Escape Room Experience
100 Shirley High Street
Exciting Escapes is an entertainment and team building company that provides fun Escape Room experiences to teams of Friends, Family and Colleagues alike. Based in Hampshire, it was started in 2016 by brothers David and Peter Gale. Within 3 months of opening their first site in Southampton it was voted on TripAdvisor as the #1 ‘Fun thing to do’ in Southampton. Three months later, it became TripAdvisor’s #1 ‘Fun thing to do’ across the whole of Hampshire! Now with over 3,000 5-star customer reviews (Facebook, Google and TripAdvisor) there are also sites in Basingstoke and Portsmouth and with more expansion planned in 2019! Escape Room experiences are a relatively new activity for the UK, but have been around for 10 years or more across Asia and Eastern Europe. Though the adventures are different in each one, the basic premise is generally the same. You have 60 minutes to take part in a story as a team, to search for clues, uncover secrets, solve puzzles and complete tasks. Success comes from good teamwork, great communication, and a willingness to get involved and have some fun! Over 50,000 people have now played a mission at Exciting Escapes. From corporate team building to school outings, Date nights to Hen and Stag Parties, and ages from 8 to 80. Everyone seems to find something they can enjoy about taking on one of their Escape Room challenges.
Houdini’s Escape Room Southampton is TripAdvisor’s number 1 rated escape room IN THE WORLD! YOU are locked in a strange room with your companions. You might find yourself in a Prison Cell in the notorious Alcatraz, with no means of escape, or locked in your cabin as the Titanic sinks, Based on the Japanese online game 'Takagism', Houdini’s Escape Room Experience is a real-life escape room game which requires players to work together to find clues, solve hidden puzzles and decipher codes to escape a locked themed room, before the 1-hour timer runs out. This exciting new concept brings the popular online game into real life and gives players the opportunity to use their intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique and challenging task. The game is incredibly popular in Asia, the US and several European countries. Hundreds of thousands of people have played worldwide and 99% say they would visit again.
Houdini's Escape Room Experience - Escape Room Southampton
19 Onslow Road
Houdini’s Escape Room Southampton is TripAdvisor’s number 1 rated escape room IN THE WORLD! YOU are locked in a strange room with your companions. You might find yourself in a Prison Cell in the notorious Alcatraz, with no means of escape, or locked in your cabin as the Titanic sinks, Based on the Japanese online game 'Takagism', Houdini’s Escape Room Experience is a real-life escape room game which requires players to work together to find clues, solve hidden puzzles and decipher codes to escape a locked themed room, before the 1-hour timer runs out. This exciting new concept brings the popular online game into real life and gives players the opportunity to use their intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique and challenging task. The game is incredibly popular in Asia, the US and several European countries. Hundreds of thousands of people have played worldwide and 99% say they would visit again.
Enjoy heaps of new films at Showcase Cinema de Lux Southampton, where there's an amazing 10 screens showing the best new films, straight from Hollywood. Sit back and relax, because with Dolby Atmos speakers, the sound from the movie will be happening all around you, not just on screen. You’ll also be blown away with the wall-to-wall screens and awesome sound that comes with XPlus, so you’re guaranteed to have a great time, regardless of what genre you love.
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Showcase Cinema de Lux Southampton
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Enjoy heaps of new films at Showcase Cinema de Lux Southampton, where there's an amazing 10 screens showing the best new films, straight from Hollywood. Sit back and relax, because with Dolby Atmos speakers, the sound from the movie will be happening all around you, not just on screen. You’ll also be blown away with the wall-to-wall screens and awesome sound that comes with XPlus, so you’re guaranteed to have a great time, regardless of what genre you love.
Thorpe Park Resort, commonly known as Thorpe Park, is an amusement park located between the towns of Chertsey and Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey, England roughly 62 miles from Southampton. It is operated and owned by Merlin Entertainments and includes rides, a themed hotel, live events and Stealth, the UK's fastest rollercoaster. After demolition of the Thorpe Park Estate in the 1930s, the site became a gravel pit managed by Ready Mix Concrete (RMC). When the pits were expended, RMC regenerated the site for leisure, opening Thorpe Park as an outdoor activity park in 1979. It has since grown into one of the major theme parks in the UK. Major attractions include a large water ride Tidal Wave, a number of rollercoasters including Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, Saw – The Ride, The Swarm, The Walking Dead: The Ride and dark ride Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon. Other smaller attractions include a water area called Amity Beach and an Angry Birds themed land. It also has on-site accommodation, the Thorpe Shark Hotel. We’ve been here several times and absolutely love it! The rides are incredible and such good fun. It can get very busy with long ques in the holidays and weekends however if you time it right and go during a quieter period you’ll have an amazing day!
Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park Resort, commonly known as Thorpe Park, is an amusement park located between the towns of Chertsey and Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey, England roughly 62 miles from Southampton. It is operated and owned by Merlin Entertainments and includes rides, a themed hotel, live events and Stealth, the UK's fastest rollercoaster. After demolition of the Thorpe Park Estate in the 1930s, the site became a gravel pit managed by Ready Mix Concrete (RMC). When the pits were expended, RMC regenerated the site for leisure, opening Thorpe Park as an outdoor activity park in 1979. It has since grown into one of the major theme parks in the UK. Major attractions include a large water ride Tidal Wave, a number of rollercoasters including Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Stealth, Saw – The Ride, The Swarm, The Walking Dead: The Ride and dark ride Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon. Other smaller attractions include a water area called Amity Beach and an Angry Birds themed land. It also has on-site accommodation, the Thorpe Shark Hotel. We’ve been here several times and absolutely love it! The rides are incredible and such good fun. It can get very busy with long ques in the holidays and weekends however if you time it right and go during a quieter period you’ll have an amazing day!
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire, England is roughly 48 miles from Southampton. It was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. Enter a land of adventure. Where lions roam. Tigers stalk. And monkeys swing. Travel through time in a grand stately home. Lose yourself in one of our magical mazes. Hold exotic creatures from the ends of the Earth. This is Longleat. Jump in. The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, an English stately home which is open to the public and was the home of the 7th Marquess of Bath. Longleat Safari Park and the concept of safari parks were the brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield (1912–1990), former co-director of Chipperfield's Circus. We visited here for a birthday celebration and did a ‘bronze VIP tour’. It was such an incredible experience taking the safari tour in a special 4x4 that gets you off road and as close as possible to the majestic animals. Afterwards (or before depending on what time you booked for) you can stay at the park and go through the safari again in your own car. The big cats were spectacular, the monkeys hilarious and the river boat tour was really interesting. Our favourite part was feeding the parakeets in their enclosure. You buy small pots of nectar and then loads of the birds come and feed from you, it was an amazing experience and makes for hilarious photos and selfies! Highly recommended!
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Longleat
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Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire, England is roughly 48 miles from Southampton. It was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. Enter a land of adventure. Where lions roam. Tigers stalk. And monkeys swing. Travel through time in a grand stately home. Lose yourself in one of our magical mazes. Hold exotic creatures from the ends of the Earth. This is Longleat. Jump in. The park is situated in the grounds of Longleat House, an English stately home which is open to the public and was the home of the 7th Marquess of Bath. Longleat Safari Park and the concept of safari parks were the brainchild of Jimmy Chipperfield (1912–1990), former co-director of Chipperfield's Circus. We visited here for a birthday celebration and did a ‘bronze VIP tour’. It was such an incredible experience taking the safari tour in a special 4x4 that gets you off road and as close as possible to the majestic animals. Afterwards (or before depending on what time you booked for) you can stay at the park and go through the safari again in your own car. The big cats were spectacular, the monkeys hilarious and the river boat tour was really interesting. Our favourite part was feeding the parakeets in their enclosure. You buy small pots of nectar and then loads of the birds come and feed from you, it was an amazing experience and makes for hilarious photos and selfies! Highly recommended!
Food scene
This award-winning Winchester restaurant is an unbelievable dining experience! Within 2 years of opening, the team acquired one of the most prestigious accolades in catering, a Michelin Star (which is still retains). Last year, The Black Rat was proud to announce it placed 2nd in OpenTable’s Top 50 Fit for Foodies restaurants 2018 in the whole of the UK! More recently, in February of 2019, The Black Rat placed in the top 50 romantic places to dine in the UK (fine dining category). They describe their style as modern British with influences from all over the culinary world. Ingredients are sourced from some of the best local suppliers that can be found, and they have their own forager who brings the most seasonal and fresh products available, on a daily basis. Located nearby is the kitchen allotment or garden where they grow some of their own herbs and vegetables, all of which helps to inspire the kitchen team to create the menu using wild, unusual and forgotten ingredients. The wine list boasts some 80 wines with a balance between Old and New world. The list contains some iconic wines that are great with delicious food but also it has balanced and well-rounded wine that can be enjoyed without food. The Black Rat was previously run as a pub for as long as anyone can remember and was a well-known building within Winchester. It went through a major transformation and has been completely renovated, whilst keeping all of its old-world charm decor, nooks and crannies. The building itself dates back to the 1700’s although in the cellars there is evidence of 15th or 16th century stonework with thick walls and lowered ceiling. We’ve had the pleasure of eating here before and it remains one of the best restaurant meals that we’ve ever had! Highly recommended!
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The Black Rat Restaurant
88 Chesil St
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This award-winning Winchester restaurant is an unbelievable dining experience! Within 2 years of opening, the team acquired one of the most prestigious accolades in catering, a Michelin Star (which is still retains). Last year, The Black Rat was proud to announce it placed 2nd in OpenTable’s Top 50 Fit for Foodies restaurants 2018 in the whole of the UK! More recently, in February of 2019, The Black Rat placed in the top 50 romantic places to dine in the UK (fine dining category). They describe their style as modern British with influences from all over the culinary world. Ingredients are sourced from some of the best local suppliers that can be found, and they have their own forager who brings the most seasonal and fresh products available, on a daily basis. Located nearby is the kitchen allotment or garden where they grow some of their own herbs and vegetables, all of which helps to inspire the kitchen team to create the menu using wild, unusual and forgotten ingredients. The wine list boasts some 80 wines with a balance between Old and New world. The list contains some iconic wines that are great with delicious food but also it has balanced and well-rounded wine that can be enjoyed without food. The Black Rat was previously run as a pub for as long as anyone can remember and was a well-known building within Winchester. It went through a major transformation and has been completely renovated, whilst keeping all of its old-world charm decor, nooks and crannies. The building itself dates back to the 1700’s although in the cellars there is evidence of 15th or 16th century stonework with thick walls and lowered ceiling. We’ve had the pleasure of eating here before and it remains one of the best restaurant meals that we’ve ever had! Highly recommended!
Rancho Steak House offers a truly authentic South American steak house dinning experience in Southampton. The food and service is amazing! A great place for steak fans!
Rancho Steak House & Lounge Bar
43-45 High Street
Rancho Steak House offers a truly authentic South American steak house dinning experience in Southampton. The food and service is amazing! A great place for steak fans!
Uptons of Bassett is an award-winning butchers, shop, bistro and delicatessen in Southampton, proud hog roast, BBQ & wedding caterers and meat suppliers to all good eateries in Hampshire. From the age of 13, Simon Broadribb knew what he wanted to become. A butcher, and not just any butcher - an award winning butcher! Growing up in a family of poulterers and fishmongers whose tradition goes back to the 19th century, Simon's childhood dream came true in 1994 when he took over Uptons of Bassett butchers in Southampton, Hampshire. Pioneering a spirit of traditional quality with a commitment to fulfilling modern animal welfare concerns has helped make Uptons of Bassett one of the premier butchers in the south, supplying not only an eager public but hotels and restaurants too. Unsurprisingly, Uptons of Bassett are regularly recognised in national and regional competitions. Many of the winning products use methods handed down from generous past, skilfully brought up to date by Simon and his dedicated team. Home smoked products are a fine example of this and Upton's smoked bacon has won a Gold Award in the great Taste Awards for three years in succession - a feat not yet matched by anyone else. Uptons of Bassett has also been voted Best Butchers Shop in the South West and one of the top five in England. Their expertise is recognised locally too, being crowned Supreme Champion of Hampshire and Isle of Wight for their smoked chicken fillets. And if all that wasn't enough, look out for his entry in Rick Stein's book "A Guide to the Food Heroes of Britain". Sourcing the best quality breeds, with an emphasis on local, free range products ensures meat from Uptons of Bassett not only tastes outstanding, but answers health and animal welfare concerns too. We’ve got some meat for BBQ’s here a couple of times and it remains the best BBQ burgers we’ve ever had! Highly recommended!
Uptons of Bassett Ltd
351 Winchester Rd
Uptons of Bassett is an award-winning butchers, shop, bistro and delicatessen in Southampton, proud hog roast, BBQ & wedding caterers and meat suppliers to all good eateries in Hampshire. From the age of 13, Simon Broadribb knew what he wanted to become. A butcher, and not just any butcher - an award winning butcher! Growing up in a family of poulterers and fishmongers whose tradition goes back to the 19th century, Simon's childhood dream came true in 1994 when he took over Uptons of Bassett butchers in Southampton, Hampshire. Pioneering a spirit of traditional quality with a commitment to fulfilling modern animal welfare concerns has helped make Uptons of Bassett one of the premier butchers in the south, supplying not only an eager public but hotels and restaurants too. Unsurprisingly, Uptons of Bassett are regularly recognised in national and regional competitions. Many of the winning products use methods handed down from generous past, skilfully brought up to date by Simon and his dedicated team. Home smoked products are a fine example of this and Upton's smoked bacon has won a Gold Award in the great Taste Awards for three years in succession - a feat not yet matched by anyone else. Uptons of Bassett has also been voted Best Butchers Shop in the South West and one of the top five in England. Their expertise is recognised locally too, being crowned Supreme Champion of Hampshire and Isle of Wight for their smoked chicken fillets. And if all that wasn't enough, look out for his entry in Rick Stein's book "A Guide to the Food Heroes of Britain". Sourcing the best quality breeds, with an emphasis on local, free range products ensures meat from Uptons of Bassett not only tastes outstanding, but answers health and animal welfare concerns too. We’ve got some meat for BBQ’s here a couple of times and it remains the best BBQ burgers we’ve ever had! Highly recommended!
Tim’s Bistro is an independent Bistro, offering freshly cooked food. Using local suppliers. It has an informal, bright and airy relaxed atmosphere. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pre Theatre bookings are taken and it’s only a 6 minutes’ walk from Mayflower theatre. The multi-story car parks are a 2 minutes walk away. The restaurant is fully licensed.
Tim's Bistro
19 Bedford Place
Tim’s Bistro is an independent Bistro, offering freshly cooked food. Using local suppliers. It has an informal, bright and airy relaxed atmosphere. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pre Theatre bookings are taken and it’s only a 6 minutes’ walk from Mayflower theatre. The multi-story car parks are a 2 minutes walk away. The restaurant is fully licensed.
This authentic restaurant and take away is rated as Southampton’s number 1 spot for Indian food! They give you authentic food and recipes from Kerala to savour and enjoy the true taste of India.
Kohinoor of Kerala
2 Portswood Rd
This authentic restaurant and take away is rated as Southampton’s number 1 spot for Indian food! They give you authentic food and recipes from Kerala to savour and enjoy the true taste of India.
Smugglers Bar & Kitchen is a friendly and relaxed environment serving up the best of fresh tastes from both land and sea. Inspired by worldwide locations and the routes that connect them, their menus are packed with a fusion of unforgettable flavours. From well-established culinary favourites to a world of tastes yet to be discovered, you’re certain to find something you love (with a little room for dessert). The restaurant is newly refurbished and you can take some time to explore the range of craft beers and cocktails at the bar.
Smugglers
16 Carlton Place
Smugglers Bar & Kitchen is a friendly and relaxed environment serving up the best of fresh tastes from both land and sea. Inspired by worldwide locations and the routes that connect them, their menus are packed with a fusion of unforgettable flavours. From well-established culinary favourites to a world of tastes yet to be discovered, you’re certain to find something you love (with a little room for dessert). The restaurant is newly refurbished and you can take some time to explore the range of craft beers and cocktails at the bar.
Rumour has it that The Roll Call has had quite the eventful past. The building that now stands on Woolston Road is the third Roll Call building to be built there. The first it is believed met an end in a fire that saw it re built only to be bombed in World War 2. We are pleased to say that the third Roll Call is still standing! Shaun and Roz has been familiar with the Roll Call for many years, knowing it as their local. However, long before that, in the 1980’s Shaun spent his teenage years here along with his parents who ran the Roll Call for most of the 80s. After having The Roll Call in their sights it wasn’t until “2014” that Shaun and Roz Quirk took on this pub and shaped it into the friendly and welcoming traditional pub that many know today. You will always find a warm welcome, hearty delicious menu and a choice of real ale, lagers and wine – along with that token local propping up the bar. The Roll Call offers homemade cooking from Chef Tracy, it’s menu featuring a variety of dishes to cater for all tastes, plenty of choice for the children and a wonderful Sunday Roast not to be missed – Booking recommended to save disappointment! The Roll Call is a popular choice for locals and visitors alike, offering two relaxed bar areas, a log burning stove, beer garden, front patio and plenty of parking. Nestled between the Netley Abbey and the famous sailing centre at Hamble; The Roll Call is the perfect spot to charge your batteries before a visit to the local sights or to simply hunker down and catch up with family and friends. Walkers often find themselves at the door of The Roll Call after enjoying a stroll down the Hampshire Strawberry Trail or The Solent Way – just in time to warm themselves by the log burning stove with a drink in hand.
The Roll Call
Rumour has it that The Roll Call has had quite the eventful past. The building that now stands on Woolston Road is the third Roll Call building to be built there. The first it is believed met an end in a fire that saw it re built only to be bombed in World War 2. We are pleased to say that the third Roll Call is still standing! Shaun and Roz has been familiar with the Roll Call for many years, knowing it as their local. However, long before that, in the 1980’s Shaun spent his teenage years here along with his parents who ran the Roll Call for most of the 80s. After having The Roll Call in their sights it wasn’t until “2014” that Shaun and Roz Quirk took on this pub and shaped it into the friendly and welcoming traditional pub that many know today. You will always find a warm welcome, hearty delicious menu and a choice of real ale, lagers and wine – along with that token local propping up the bar. The Roll Call offers homemade cooking from Chef Tracy, it’s menu featuring a variety of dishes to cater for all tastes, plenty of choice for the children and a wonderful Sunday Roast not to be missed – Booking recommended to save disappointment! The Roll Call is a popular choice for locals and visitors alike, offering two relaxed bar areas, a log burning stove, beer garden, front patio and plenty of parking. Nestled between the Netley Abbey and the famous sailing centre at Hamble; The Roll Call is the perfect spot to charge your batteries before a visit to the local sights or to simply hunker down and catch up with family and friends. Walkers often find themselves at the door of The Roll Call after enjoying a stroll down the Hampshire Strawberry Trail or The Solent Way – just in time to warm themselves by the log burning stove with a drink in hand.
Miss Ellie’s Cafe in the Triangle is a small cafe in the heart of Bitterne Park Southampton. Stewart serves all day breakfast, sandwiches and home cooked meals. You only have to look on TripAdvisor to see how popular this little gem is. Do pop along for breakfast!
Miss Ellie's Cafe
31a Manor Farm Rd
Miss Ellie’s Cafe in the Triangle is a small cafe in the heart of Bitterne Park Southampton. Stewart serves all day breakfast, sandwiches and home cooked meals. You only have to look on TripAdvisor to see how popular this little gem is. Do pop along for breakfast!
At Dhaba 59 they pay homage to the street food stalls or “dhabas” that are part of the fabric of life all over India. Connecting the diners palates to the freshest ingredients and flavours of India, with a twist. Their dishes are designed to be shared, allowing for you to experience a variety of flavours. Taking you away from the hustle and bustle, they also invite you to enjoy a variety of beverages from around the world!
Dhaba 59
59 Oxford Street
At Dhaba 59 they pay homage to the street food stalls or “dhabas” that are part of the fabric of life all over India. Connecting the diners palates to the freshest ingredients and flavours of India, with a twist. Their dishes are designed to be shared, allowing for you to experience a variety of flavours. Taking you away from the hustle and bustle, they also invite you to enjoy a variety of beverages from around the world!
In the Bacaros of Venice customers often stand around the bar drinking, nibbling, socialising and forgetting all the worries of world – lost in the pleasure of the moment. Here at Bacaro Southampton they have taken the essence of the traditional Bacari, the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and wonderful wine. They focus on using fresh ingredients in all their dishes. You could snack on Arancini with melting mozzarella centres, nibble on fennel, salami, ricotta and pine nut Pizzette or satisfy your appetite on the Beef Braciola, roasted garlic and rosemary butter. With specials changing regularly, there is always something amazing to try. They pride themselves on having friendly, knowledgeable staff and warm hospitality, so come and feel at home and relax with them whatever time of day you pop in; for a leisurely brunch, after work olives and wine, an Italian inspired cocktail to start your evening or sit down and let them serve you for a delicious evening meal.
Bacaro
In the Bacaros of Venice customers often stand around the bar drinking, nibbling, socialising and forgetting all the worries of world – lost in the pleasure of the moment. Here at Bacaro Southampton they have taken the essence of the traditional Bacari, the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and wonderful wine. They focus on using fresh ingredients in all their dishes. You could snack on Arancini with melting mozzarella centres, nibble on fennel, salami, ricotta and pine nut Pizzette or satisfy your appetite on the Beef Braciola, roasted garlic and rosemary butter. With specials changing regularly, there is always something amazing to try. They pride themselves on having friendly, knowledgeable staff and warm hospitality, so come and feel at home and relax with them whatever time of day you pop in; for a leisurely brunch, after work olives and wine, an Italian inspired cocktail to start your evening or sit down and let them serve you for a delicious evening meal.
Blue Island is a family run restaurant started in 1995, focused on serving the finest quality food in the heart of Southampton. If you want to come and experience amazing authentic Greek food, in a relaxed and happy atmosphere, then this is the place for you. You can enjoy the Blue Island Meze which has a big variety of dishes and appetizers, all cooked in a traditional way, including Chicken Souvla, Kleftiko and lots more culinary delights. They also hold Greek Nights every six weeks with live entertainment, whether it’s an intimate meal, birthday celebration or office party you can be guaranteed you will have a truly memorable evening, with exceptional value for money.
Blue Island
198 Above Bar Street
Blue Island is a family run restaurant started in 1995, focused on serving the finest quality food in the heart of Southampton. If you want to come and experience amazing authentic Greek food, in a relaxed and happy atmosphere, then this is the place for you. You can enjoy the Blue Island Meze which has a big variety of dishes and appetizers, all cooked in a traditional way, including Chicken Souvla, Kleftiko and lots more culinary delights. They also hold Greek Nights every six weeks with live entertainment, whether it’s an intimate meal, birthday celebration or office party you can be guaranteed you will have a truly memorable evening, with exceptional value for money.
A modern and innovative plant based eatery all based on an organic vegetable farm. They strive to challenge the status quo of vegan and vegetarian food with dishes which appeal to all. All the food is made by them, never bought in or pre-made. Their philosophy applies to the whole of their business from how they treat fellow colleagues to the food and drink they create. They take solid traditions that work and modern, cutting edge techniques to create something new and spectacular. They take popular classic dishes, pull them apart, throw the rule book away and remodel those dishes into something new, exciting and mind blowing. Making OFFBEET dishes is more of a mindset than simply making something vegan. It’s about challenging the status quo of both traditional non-vegan cooking and modern vegan cooking to create something unique. The light and airy restaurant and cookery school can be found nestled on Sunnyfields Organic Vegetable Farm. Sunnyfields grows and offers some of the best organic produce in Hampshire. The farm has plenty of parking and is easily located just off the M271 towards the New Forest.
Offbeet New Forest
A modern and innovative plant based eatery all based on an organic vegetable farm. They strive to challenge the status quo of vegan and vegetarian food with dishes which appeal to all. All the food is made by them, never bought in or pre-made. Their philosophy applies to the whole of their business from how they treat fellow colleagues to the food and drink they create. They take solid traditions that work and modern, cutting edge techniques to create something new and spectacular. They take popular classic dishes, pull them apart, throw the rule book away and remodel those dishes into something new, exciting and mind blowing. Making OFFBEET dishes is more of a mindset than simply making something vegan. It’s about challenging the status quo of both traditional non-vegan cooking and modern vegan cooking to create something unique. The light and airy restaurant and cookery school can be found nestled on Sunnyfields Organic Vegetable Farm. Sunnyfields grows and offers some of the best organic produce in Hampshire. The farm has plenty of parking and is easily located just off the M271 towards the New Forest.
Welcome to Alexanda’s in Deacons Marina. They are open to the general public, berth holders and visiting yachtsmen and women. They pride themselves in using quality locally sourced produce for all their freshly made menu. They have a deli, service coffee and cake as well as lunch and dinner menus.
Alexandas Bistro And Deli
Welcome to Alexanda’s in Deacons Marina. They are open to the general public, berth holders and visiting yachtsmen and women. They pride themselves in using quality locally sourced produce for all their freshly made menu. They have a deli, service coffee and cake as well as lunch and dinner menus.
POPSI'S specialises in freshly handcrafted Pizza's baked in a traditional stone built oven. Using the best of British and Italian ingredients we are confident you'll find them one of the best pizza places to eat at in Southampton!
Popsi's
80 Bedford Pl
POPSI'S specialises in freshly handcrafted Pizza's baked in a traditional stone built oven. Using the best of British and Italian ingredients we are confident you'll find them one of the best pizza places to eat at in Southampton!
Sula’s Greek Taverna is a new concept of Greek Food, bringing you the fresh authentic produce in a relaxed casual atmosphere. As a family run establishment, they pride themselves on giving you a great service, great fresh cooked food and keeping the prices realistic and affordable. They are located in the lively Portswood area of Southampton. If you have ever been to Greece you will often see street vendors selling the ever popular Pita Gyros wrap. This would usually be cooked on a rostary, and served fresh for you to eat as you are perusing the local market places. Sula’s Greek Taverna decided to bring the concept to Southampton. Reserve yourself a table at their Licensed Taverna and enjoy delicious main meals including homemade Beef Moussaka or share a mixed meat platter. If you want a takeaway just come in, or phone your order before hand to order your delicious Greek meal.
Sulas Greek Taverna
116 Portswood Rd
Sula’s Greek Taverna is a new concept of Greek Food, bringing you the fresh authentic produce in a relaxed casual atmosphere. As a family run establishment, they pride themselves on giving you a great service, great fresh cooked food and keeping the prices realistic and affordable. They are located in the lively Portswood area of Southampton. If you have ever been to Greece you will often see street vendors selling the ever popular Pita Gyros wrap. This would usually be cooked on a rostary, and served fresh for you to eat as you are perusing the local market places. Sula’s Greek Taverna decided to bring the concept to Southampton. Reserve yourself a table at their Licensed Taverna and enjoy delicious main meals including homemade Beef Moussaka or share a mixed meat platter. If you want a takeaway just come in, or phone your order before hand to order your delicious Greek meal.
The Old Mill is a unique 17th century restaurant offering the finest in British cuisine. Enjoy delicious food while surrounded by amazing machinery that is over 100 years old.
The Old Mill Restaurant
The Old Mill is a unique 17th century restaurant offering the finest in British cuisine. Enjoy delicious food while surrounded by amazing machinery that is over 100 years old.
ITALIAN RESTAURANT MEETS BISTRO STYLE DINING Soleto is based in the theatre district of Southampton, only a stone’s throw away from the Mayflower Theatre in Commercial Road. Offering a great selection of Italian and Bistro dishes, Soleto is perfect for any occasion. Try dishes like Gamberone: Pan fried tiger prawns with garlic, white wine, butter, lemon and cherry tomato served on crostini or Fegato Veneziana: Calves liver served with mashed potato and vegetables. red wine, onion, rosemary and pancetta sauce.
Soleto Bistro
11 Commercial Rd
ITALIAN RESTAURANT MEETS BISTRO STYLE DINING Soleto is based in the theatre district of Southampton, only a stone’s throw away from the Mayflower Theatre in Commercial Road. Offering a great selection of Italian and Bistro dishes, Soleto is perfect for any occasion. Try dishes like Gamberone: Pan fried tiger prawns with garlic, white wine, butter, lemon and cherry tomato served on crostini or Fegato Veneziana: Calves liver served with mashed potato and vegetables. red wine, onion, rosemary and pancetta sauce.
Southampton's Number 1 fish and chip shop! Sample the classic English dish!
Mike's Fish & Chips
23 Queensway
Southampton's Number 1 fish and chip shop! Sample the classic English dish!
Piecaramba! is Rob Litchfield and Phil Linssen, and was born October 2016. They are passionate about pies, comics and all things pop culture. Their aim is to reinvent pie and mash, dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. So come say pie!
Piecaramba!
30A Carlton Place
Piecaramba! is Rob Litchfield and Phil Linssen, and was born October 2016. They are passionate about pies, comics and all things pop culture. Their aim is to reinvent pie and mash, dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21st century. So come say pie!
The Tandoori is a beautiful, clean and stylish feature designed Indian restaurant, with years of cooking experience which comes from generations of Indian cuisine. The Tandoori captures your spirit of India with a menu that is authentic, classic and as glorious as the exotic east.
Tandoori
48 Portsmouth Road
The Tandoori is a beautiful, clean and stylish feature designed Indian restaurant, with years of cooking experience which comes from generations of Indian cuisine. The Tandoori captures your spirit of India with a menu that is authentic, classic and as glorious as the exotic east.
At Ceno, they believe in combining fine food and drink with a warm and relaxing atmosphere, to create a contemporary environment you will want to return to time and time again. A modern, elegant cafe-diner offering eclectic, global dishes using local produce, plus kids' choices. The Sunday roasts are fantastic but very busy so you need to book well in advance!
Ceno
At Ceno, they believe in combining fine food and drink with a warm and relaxing atmosphere, to create a contemporary environment you will want to return to time and time again. A modern, elegant cafe-diner offering eclectic, global dishes using local produce, plus kids' choices. The Sunday roasts are fantastic but very busy so you need to book well in advance!
One of the area's most friendly, and welcoming Italian restaurants, Piccolo Mondo is the oldest in the city, having been established since 1969. Piccolo Mondo is open for lunch and evening meals. With seating for only 34 people, it is small enough to have an intimate atmosphere, but also welcomes families. There is a good choice of value for money meals including authentic pizzas and pastas, together with a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, and not forgetting their home-made bread and desserts. Smaller sized meals are available for children. Parties of up to 25 people can be catered for.
Piccolo Mondo
36 Windsor Terrace
One of the area's most friendly, and welcoming Italian restaurants, Piccolo Mondo is the oldest in the city, having been established since 1969. Piccolo Mondo is open for lunch and evening meals. With seating for only 34 people, it is small enough to have an intimate atmosphere, but also welcomes families. There is a good choice of value for money meals including authentic pizzas and pastas, together with a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, and not forgetting their home-made bread and desserts. Smaller sized meals are available for children. Parties of up to 25 people can be catered for.
Welcome to Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Kitchen in Bedford Place, specialising in Mauritian Street Food. Owned and run by MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo, they serve authentic recipes with a modern mauritian twist. They accept bookings and walk ins. Open 830am to 10pm every day except Sunday (12-6pm) in the heart of Southampton Bedford Place.
Lakaz Maman
22 Bedford Pl
Welcome to Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Kitchen in Bedford Place, specialising in Mauritian Street Food. Owned and run by MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo, they serve authentic recipes with a modern mauritian twist. They accept bookings and walk ins. Open 830am to 10pm every day except Sunday (12-6pm) in the heart of Southampton Bedford Place.
Carnicero Steakhouse is a place to visit for fantastically cooked Chargrilled Steaks. Ranging from USDA, Hampshire, Australia and Aberdeen Angus. They have a wide selection of wine from their beautifully sourced wine list, courtesy of Elegant Wines. There is something for everyone at Carnicero; Fresh Oysters, Whole Fish, Carnicero Burgers & Sliders (Bean Burgers and Superfood Salads for the veggies too!).
Carnicero Steakhouse Restaurant & Bar
29 Oxford St
Carnicero Steakhouse is a place to visit for fantastically cooked Chargrilled Steaks. Ranging from USDA, Hampshire, Australia and Aberdeen Angus. They have a wide selection of wine from their beautifully sourced wine list, courtesy of Elegant Wines. There is something for everyone at Carnicero; Fresh Oysters, Whole Fish, Carnicero Burgers & Sliders (Bean Burgers and Superfood Salads for the veggies too!).
Bayleaf Kitchen - Authentic Indian Food in Southampton. Located in the heart of Southampton City and very close to Southampton Harbour and West Quay Shopping Mall. They offer a fine dining experience in a vibrant and relaxed environment. At Bay Leaf you can savour a contemporary dining experience that does not compromise the traditional flavours expected from authentic Indian cuisine. They are proud to present a wide selection of fine Indian food made from the finest and freshest ingredients. The chef, Mukesh Sharma is highly experienced and an expert in the culinary field, having worked in five-star hotels in India under the great chefs and running his own kitchens, an obsession for cooking and serving exciting and delicious food. He has a single aim to deliver the authentic Indian dining experience with great service and the utmost courtesy & hospitality to you. He also has Guinness Book World Record to his credit with Hampshire fire and rescue for biggest Naan bread in the world.
Bayleaf Kitchen
56 High St
Bayleaf Kitchen - Authentic Indian Food in Southampton. Located in the heart of Southampton City and very close to Southampton Harbour and West Quay Shopping Mall. They offer a fine dining experience in a vibrant and relaxed environment. At Bay Leaf you can savour a contemporary dining experience that does not compromise the traditional flavours expected from authentic Indian cuisine. They are proud to present a wide selection of fine Indian food made from the finest and freshest ingredients. The chef, Mukesh Sharma is highly experienced and an expert in the culinary field, having worked in five-star hotels in India under the great chefs and running his own kitchens, an obsession for cooking and serving exciting and delicious food. He has a single aim to deliver the authentic Indian dining experience with great service and the utmost courtesy & hospitality to you. He also has Guinness Book World Record to his credit with Hampshire fire and rescue for biggest Naan bread in the world.
With spectacular panoramic views across Ocean Village Marina, The Jetty Restaurant concept has landed in Southampton. Following on from the success of The Jetty restaurant (famous for its stunning seafood) in Christchurch, expect the finest, local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. A great place to gather with friends, open a bottle of wine and enjoy! The Jetty, on the hotel’s ground-floor, specialises in fresh seafood, caught daily by local fisherman, served with locally-grown, seasonal ingredients from the New Forest. Expect nothing less than exceptional food and wine from renowned local chef Alex Aitken. The restaurant combines contemporary city chic with a laid-back style, featuring al fresco dining on the terrace, tasteful banquette seating, sleek marble surfaces and bespoke artwork. From dining on one of the popular 4-course ad-hoc menus to just sipping wine on the alfresco terrace, enjoying a selection of Jetty bites, The Jetty offers a variety of dining options throughout the day. For those wanting a quieter alternative to HarBAR on 6th, the restaurant also has its own comfortable bar serving excellent cocktails. Don’t miss: On the last Friday of every month, Alex hosts ‘lunch with Alex’ - a live cooking demonstration and 3-course set menu.
The Jetty
5 Maritime Walk
With spectacular panoramic views across Ocean Village Marina, The Jetty Restaurant concept has landed in Southampton. Following on from the success of The Jetty restaurant (famous for its stunning seafood) in Christchurch, expect the finest, local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. A great place to gather with friends, open a bottle of wine and enjoy! The Jetty, on the hotel’s ground-floor, specialises in fresh seafood, caught daily by local fisherman, served with locally-grown, seasonal ingredients from the New Forest. Expect nothing less than exceptional food and wine from renowned local chef Alex Aitken. The restaurant combines contemporary city chic with a laid-back style, featuring al fresco dining on the terrace, tasteful banquette seating, sleek marble surfaces and bespoke artwork. From dining on one of the popular 4-course ad-hoc menus to just sipping wine on the alfresco terrace, enjoying a selection of Jetty bites, The Jetty offers a variety of dining options throughout the day. For those wanting a quieter alternative to HarBAR on 6th, the restaurant also has its own comfortable bar serving excellent cocktails. Don’t miss: On the last Friday of every month, Alex hosts ‘lunch with Alex’ - a live cooking demonstration and 3-course set menu.
This Authentic Family Run Vietnamese Noodle Bar is the only Vietnamese restaurant in Southampton. They offer eat ins as well as a takeaway service. They have classic fare such as spring rolls & rice dishes plus vegan options.
Pho Vietnam
3 The Broadway Portswood Rd
This Authentic Family Run Vietnamese Noodle Bar is the only Vietnamese restaurant in Southampton. They offer eat ins as well as a takeaway service. They have classic fare such as spring rolls & rice dishes plus vegan options.
Welcome to Marco's Kitchen. A family run, independent restaurant situated a stone's throw away from Southampton Central Station and The Mayflower Theatre. Providing elegant and original Italian dishes for the most discerning diner, Marco prides himself on attention to detail in every aspect of the restaurant. Friendly and efficient staff, splendid decor and a relaxing atmosphere all contribute to a truly original dining experience. They cater for all kinds of occasions so if you have a celebration on the horizon come and talk to them about any special requirements you may have to make your event even more memorable. Not only do they have a first-class wine list, carefully selected from all over the world, but they also have a wide range of beers, spirits and cocktails designed to complement any dish on the menu. Ask Marco or your server what they would recommend for the dish you are having and enjoy how our exquisite drinks range enhances your dining experience.
Marco's
Welcome to Marco's Kitchen. A family run, independent restaurant situated a stone's throw away from Southampton Central Station and The Mayflower Theatre. Providing elegant and original Italian dishes for the most discerning diner, Marco prides himself on attention to detail in every aspect of the restaurant. Friendly and efficient staff, splendid decor and a relaxing atmosphere all contribute to a truly original dining experience. They cater for all kinds of occasions so if you have a celebration on the horizon come and talk to them about any special requirements you may have to make your event even more memorable. Not only do they have a first-class wine list, carefully selected from all over the world, but they also have a wide range of beers, spirits and cocktails designed to complement any dish on the menu. Ask Marco or your server what they would recommend for the dish you are having and enjoy how our exquisite drinks range enhances your dining experience.
Max’s Bar & Brasserie has for several years been one of the most popular restaurants in Southampton. Located on the bustling Oxford Street, Max’s Bar & Brasserie serves traditional Sicilian food in a warm homely setting with an emphasis on personal and friendly service. Founded by Max Romano, Max’s offers not only fresh seasonal Sicilian food, but a wide range of expertly crafted and delicately balanced cocktails. It is proud to be the home of the original Max’s Balsamic Gin & Tonic! The kitchen team is headed up by Chef Gennaro Pascarella from Napoli, who creates traditional Sicilian fare in a rustic environment. Chef Gennaro and Max were the recipients of the “Best Restaurant in Southampton” award for Max’s Bar & Brasserie, awarded by the British Restaurant Awards 2018. They are happy to accommodate group bookings/parties/private hire and corporate hire. They also sell gift vouchers online and in the restaurant for the perfect gift. Max and his family look forward to welcoming you soon.
Max’s Brasserie
40 Oxford St
Max’s Bar & Brasserie has for several years been one of the most popular restaurants in Southampton. Located on the bustling Oxford Street, Max’s Bar & Brasserie serves traditional Sicilian food in a warm homely setting with an emphasis on personal and friendly service. Founded by Max Romano, Max’s offers not only fresh seasonal Sicilian food, but a wide range of expertly crafted and delicately balanced cocktails. It is proud to be the home of the original Max’s Balsamic Gin & Tonic! The kitchen team is headed up by Chef Gennaro Pascarella from Napoli, who creates traditional Sicilian fare in a rustic environment. Chef Gennaro and Max were the recipients of the “Best Restaurant in Southampton” award for Max’s Bar & Brasserie, awarded by the British Restaurant Awards 2018. They are happy to accommodate group bookings/parties/private hire and corporate hire. They also sell gift vouchers online and in the restaurant for the perfect gift. Max and his family look forward to welcoming you soon.
DINE AT SOUTHAMPTON’S MOST AWARDED RESTAURANT. Now set in the historic majestic Royal Pier in Southampton, the award winning Kuti’s Brasserie has been an institution in the world of Indian fine dining since 1986. Experience a unique combination of fine Indian food; compelling decor with Indian allure, and refined, welcoming service.
Kuti's Brasserie - Indian Restaurant
DINE AT SOUTHAMPTON’S MOST AWARDED RESTAURANT. Now set in the historic majestic Royal Pier in Southampton, the award winning Kuti’s Brasserie has been an institution in the world of Indian fine dining since 1986. Experience a unique combination of fine Indian food; compelling decor with Indian allure, and refined, welcoming service.
Their passion for creating authentic Indian food has enabled them to become one of the best Indian restaurants in Southampton. They pride themselves in using the freshest and highest quality ingredients to prepare the meals. They do not use artificial colouring or flavourings. Located 98 Shirley High St, Shirley, Southampton. They serve authentic Indian cuisine in a very friendly and relaxing environment. They provide fine dining & takeaway services.
Kali Mirchi
98 Shirley High St
Their passion for creating authentic Indian food has enabled them to become one of the best Indian restaurants in Southampton. They pride themselves in using the freshest and highest quality ingredients to prepare the meals. They do not use artificial colouring or flavourings. Located 98 Shirley High St, Shirley, Southampton. They serve authentic Indian cuisine in a very friendly and relaxing environment. They provide fine dining & takeaway services.
For a little bit of Mediterranean magic visit this authentic Spanish restaurant, located in the heart of the Southampton waterfront. If you fancy trying a variety of flavours, their traditional Spanish tapas selection is just what you are looking for – extensive, authentic and homemade. There are plenty of tapas dishes to choose from as well as a great selection of main courses on the specials board. To accompany your food, there’s also an impressive list of wines and gins.
La Regata
For a little bit of Mediterranean magic visit this authentic Spanish restaurant, located in the heart of the Southampton waterfront. If you fancy trying a variety of flavours, their traditional Spanish tapas selection is just what you are looking for – extensive, authentic and homemade. There are plenty of tapas dishes to choose from as well as a great selection of main courses on the specials board. To accompany your food, there’s also an impressive list of wines and gins.
This 100-seater restaurant is located on the ground floor of a lovingly converted old Victorian warehouse. The menu is extensive including fine pastas and top quality fresh fish, with a selection of different varieties daily. Nestled in the old walls of the City and overlooking Southampton water, Ennio's restaurant comprises the ground floor of an old Victorian warehouse, designed by the Scottish born architect John Geddes. In days gone by, the sea came up to its foundations allowing boats to unload their cargo directly into its cavernous interior. The warehouse was renovated and converted over many years, ending up as the 100-seater ground floor restaurant that you see today. Ennio's is presented in a truly classical style providing an authentic Italian atmosphere and serving a wonderful selection of Italian dishes and wines. Ennio's was voted the best Italian restaurant in Hampshire by "Coriere Della Sera" The Numero Uno Newspaper of Milan, Italy.
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This 100-seater restaurant is located on the ground floor of a lovingly converted old Victorian warehouse. The menu is extensive including fine pastas and top quality fresh fish, with a selection of different varieties daily. Nestled in the old walls of the City and overlooking Southampton water, Ennio's restaurant comprises the ground floor of an old Victorian warehouse, designed by the Scottish born architect John Geddes. In days gone by, the sea came up to its foundations allowing boats to unload their cargo directly into its cavernous interior. The warehouse was renovated and converted over many years, ending up as the 100-seater ground floor restaurant that you see today. Ennio's is presented in a truly classical style providing an authentic Italian atmosphere and serving a wonderful selection of Italian dishes and wines. Ennio's was voted the best Italian restaurant in Hampshire by "Coriere Della Sera" The Numero Uno Newspaper of Milan, Italy.
La Baronia is a family run Mexican restaurant and bar where they specialise in authentic Mexican cuisine. Located in Portswood, the university social hub of Southampton they offer a social scene to suit couples, families, parties or just a night out with friends!
La Baronia
29-31 Portswood Rd
La Baronia is a family run Mexican restaurant and bar where they specialise in authentic Mexican cuisine. Located in Portswood, the university social hub of Southampton they offer a social scene to suit couples, families, parties or just a night out with friends!
Opening in 2007, Mango is the original Thai Tapas Bar – setting a trend across the nation! It's a favourite among locals for its intimate charm and vibrant atmosphere. Offering an informal and fun dining experience, guests are encouraged to enjoy the menu as they would in Thailand – lots of dishes to share and taste together. Everything on the menu is made in-house and is freshly prepared by the expert team of Thai chefs. Much of the menu is cooked to order, so veggies, vegans, and gluten-free diets are well accommodated for. On two floors of a characterful Victorian building, you’ll find the spirit of northern Thailand’s capital Chiang Mai at this Mango: Bohemium and quirky, offering a relaxed and intimate dining experience with candle-lit themed rooms, exotic Asian furnishings, and vast glossy murals.
Mango Thai Tapas Bar Portswood
27 Portswood Road
Opening in 2007, Mango is the original Thai Tapas Bar – setting a trend across the nation! It's a favourite among locals for its intimate charm and vibrant atmosphere. Offering an informal and fun dining experience, guests are encouraged to enjoy the menu as they would in Thailand – lots of dishes to share and taste together. Everything on the menu is made in-house and is freshly prepared by the expert team of Thai chefs. Much of the menu is cooked to order, so veggies, vegans, and gluten-free diets are well accommodated for. On two floors of a characterful Victorian building, you’ll find the spirit of northern Thailand’s capital Chiang Mai at this Mango: Bohemium and quirky, offering a relaxed and intimate dining experience with candle-lit themed rooms, exotic Asian furnishings, and vast glossy murals.
Anyone looking for a restaurant in Southampton who’s into food knows the legendary Oxford Brasserie, after all they’ve been serving fab food forever! Never wanting to rest on their laurels they’ve revamped the restaurant’s image to reflect the contemporary menus and understanding of the modern working lunch. In the evening the restaurant transforms into an intimate, relaxed oasis in the heart of Southampton where a wonderful evening is virtually guaranteed. Offering a wide range of cosmopolitan contemporary French, English and Italian dishes, comprised of only the highest quality ingredients, including freshly caught fish, fine meats, wines, and spices of all sorts. They have extremely skilled chefs, so if you can’t see it on their menu then just ask and they’ll l do their best to meet your order. As well as fine French and Italian cuisine they offer you a choice of Mediterranean, American, Spanish and European – Enjoy!
The Oxford Brasserie
33-34 Oxford St
Anyone looking for a restaurant in Southampton who’s into food knows the legendary Oxford Brasserie, after all they’ve been serving fab food forever! Never wanting to rest on their laurels they’ve revamped the restaurant’s image to reflect the contemporary menus and understanding of the modern working lunch. In the evening the restaurant transforms into an intimate, relaxed oasis in the heart of Southampton where a wonderful evening is virtually guaranteed. Offering a wide range of cosmopolitan contemporary French, English and Italian dishes, comprised of only the highest quality ingredients, including freshly caught fish, fine meats, wines, and spices of all sorts. They have extremely skilled chefs, so if you can’t see it on their menu then just ask and they’ll l do their best to meet your order. As well as fine French and Italian cuisine they offer you a choice of Mediterranean, American, Spanish and European – Enjoy!
Contemporary Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine served in a relaxed and friendly environment. They specialise in Pizza, Pasta Fresh Fish and Meat. The Chef uses only quality and the freshest ingredients to create a varied menu selection to tempt all tastes. They welcome birthday and leaving parties as well as hen nights or any celebration.
La Tavernetta Italian Restaurant
1-3 Civic Centre Road
Contemporary Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine served in a relaxed and friendly environment. They specialise in Pizza, Pasta Fresh Fish and Meat. The Chef uses only quality and the freshest ingredients to create a varied menu selection to tempt all tastes. They welcome birthday and leaving parties as well as hen nights or any celebration.
Nepal is a very Beautiful country, where the highest peak in the world (Sagarmatha) lies, birth place of Siddhartha Gautam who later became Lord Buddha and the land of the famous and mightily brave Ghurkhas. Basmati is a type of rice grown in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is a long grain rice that is characterized by a light nutty flavours, and becomes longer still when cooked. It can be either white or brown, with the white variety having more flavour when cooked. The rice is lighter and more fluffy, and does not stick together. Come to Basmati for traditional Nepalese and Indian Cuisine. An Experience that you will never forget. We offer fresh and quality Nepalese and Indian Cuisine, which is prepared by experienced and specialist Chefs and served by friendly staff recruited directly from Nepal. All of the dishes they serve, are made using finest ingredients, herbs and traditional spices, without using any artificial colour and flavour.
Basmati Nepalese and Indian Cuisine
4 Bedford Pl
Nepal is a very Beautiful country, where the highest peak in the world (Sagarmatha) lies, birth place of Siddhartha Gautam who later became Lord Buddha and the land of the famous and mightily brave Ghurkhas. Basmati is a type of rice grown in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is a long grain rice that is characterized by a light nutty flavours, and becomes longer still when cooked. It can be either white or brown, with the white variety having more flavour when cooked. The rice is lighter and more fluffy, and does not stick together. Come to Basmati for traditional Nepalese and Indian Cuisine. An Experience that you will never forget. We offer fresh and quality Nepalese and Indian Cuisine, which is prepared by experienced and specialist Chefs and served by friendly staff recruited directly from Nepal. All of the dishes they serve, are made using finest ingredients, herbs and traditional spices, without using any artificial colour and flavour.
The cuisine of Lebanon is the epitome of the Mediterranean diet. It includes an abundance of starches, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly. Poultry is eaten more often than red meat, and when red meat is eaten it is usually lamb. MEZZE: THE TAPAS OF LEBANON Mezze is a way of life in Lebanon – it’s where a diverse collection of small dishes is placed before guests, allowing them to pick and choose the dishes they’d like to eat. Think raw salads, skewered meat, marinated seafood, pickled vegetables, hummus and pitta bread – everything you could possibly want! A typical mezze might consist of around thirty carefully selected dishes, both hot and cold.
BEITY RESTAURANT
123 - 124 High Street
The cuisine of Lebanon is the epitome of the Mediterranean diet. It includes an abundance of starches, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly. Poultry is eaten more often than red meat, and when red meat is eaten it is usually lamb. MEZZE: THE TAPAS OF LEBANON Mezze is a way of life in Lebanon – it’s where a diverse collection of small dishes is placed before guests, allowing them to pick and choose the dishes they’d like to eat. Think raw salads, skewered meat, marinated seafood, pickled vegetables, hummus and pitta bread – everything you could possibly want! A typical mezze might consist of around thirty carefully selected dishes, both hot and cold.
Sakura has established itself as the top place for authentic Japanese food in Southampton. Customers who love Japanese food as well as those looking to try Japanese cuisine have given rave reviews. The specialties are fresh Sushi and Sashimi, crispy Tempura, hearty Ramen and self-made teriyaki.
Sakura Japanese Restaurant
20 Bedford Place
Sakura has established itself as the top place for authentic Japanese food in Southampton. Customers who love Japanese food as well as those looking to try Japanese cuisine have given rave reviews. The specialties are fresh Sushi and Sashimi, crispy Tempura, hearty Ramen and self-made teriyaki.
The fresh taste of Mexico's markets in Oaxaca (pronounced 'Wahaca'), served in Southampton. Co-founded by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, drop in for tasty tacos, taquitos, burritos and other street food treats. They also have an enviable list of freshly shaken cocktails and Mexico's finest tequilas and mezcals.
Wahaca Southampton
The fresh taste of Mexico's markets in Oaxaca (pronounced 'Wahaca'), served in Southampton. Co-founded by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, drop in for tasty tacos, taquitos, burritos and other street food treats. They also have an enviable list of freshly shaken cocktails and Mexico's finest tequilas and mezcals.
The Railway Inn Botley is a family run, dog friendly gastropub serving top quality, home cooked food and over 100 different drinks.
The Railway Inn Botley
The Railway Inn Botley is a family run, dog friendly gastropub serving top quality, home cooked food and over 100 different drinks.
The cross cultural popularity of Indian food in Britain has created an indelible reminisce of taste and aroma of dishes that evolved over centuries and are prepared with carefully selected spices and complex recipes that go back many, many years. Unfortunately today the concept of Indian cuisine is a mere synonym for Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Korma. Its originality and uniqueness has become a myth. The management of Coriander Lounge opened this restaurant to try and restore the lost primordial authenticity of Indian Cuisine that shares the same ancient traditional cooking techniques and ingredients that made this food so brilliantly different and exceedingly delicious.
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Coriander Lounge Indian Restaurant
130-131 High St
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The cross cultural popularity of Indian food in Britain has created an indelible reminisce of taste and aroma of dishes that evolved over centuries and are prepared with carefully selected spices and complex recipes that go back many, many years. Unfortunately today the concept of Indian cuisine is a mere synonym for Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken Korma. Its originality and uniqueness has become a myth. The management of Coriander Lounge opened this restaurant to try and restore the lost primordial authenticity of Indian Cuisine that shares the same ancient traditional cooking techniques and ingredients that made this food so brilliantly different and exceedingly delicious.
The Rockstone is a multi award winning independent pub in the heart of Southampton. They stock over 200 spirits, 9 hand pulls, 15 draft taps and a selection of bottles with a wide ranging mix of craft, local and specialised beers and ciders. The heart of the Rockstone is their freshly-cooked food. Alongside the famous burgers they serve street food, decadent desserts and a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options. We had a birthday celebration here one year and the burgers very epic! Highly recommended!
The Rockstone
63 Onslow Rd
The Rockstone is a multi award winning independent pub in the heart of Southampton. They stock over 200 spirits, 9 hand pulls, 15 draft taps and a selection of bottles with a wide ranging mix of craft, local and specialised beers and ciders. The heart of the Rockstone is their freshly-cooked food. Alongside the famous burgers they serve street food, decadent desserts and a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options. We had a birthday celebration here one year and the burgers very epic! Highly recommended!
Welcome to George's Restaurant where they offer the taste of quality Greek foods and specialities in the heart of the South coast. Based in Southampton they have one of the oldest privately owned family restaurants in the area. The staff create a friendly and inviting atmosphere that ensures your meal is a relaxed and pleasant experience. In 1936 a young Greek Cypriot named Michael Hannides left his seaside village, at the far eastern side of his sunny island, to seek his fortune in sunny Britain. After working as an ice cream salesman in Southampton, a baker in London and a 'chippie' in Wales (where he learnt Welsh!) He had finally saved enough money to launch a restaurant - dubbed George's after his second Christian name, that was in 1940. The first George's was a straightforward, no frills sort of place where the quality of food was paramount : people travelled miles to savour specialities like Spaghetti and Meatballs, Michael worked all the hours God made to build up his business and establish his reputation. A new ring road meant that George's had to be demolished though a bigger and better building rose up in its place. Michael incapable of being idle used up the waiting time by making tables for the new Restaurant! Before he passed away in August 2004 he often looked back on a medley of memories, especially from the heyday of the big liners, when he played host to a wide range of customers - from the Coroner, Mr D.H.B. Harfield to merchant seamen like the young Tommy Steele. The list of rich and famous to have graced the tables of George's Restaurant is as long as it is distinguished including - Edward Heath, Matthew Le Tissier, Marion Pahars along with the other Saints players, Alan Ball (before his move!) Sue Pollard, Leo Mckern, Timothy West, former racing driver Derek Warwick, Nick Park of Wallace and 'Gromit' fame and Andrew Davies from 'Pride and Prejudice'. As one of the city's longest surviving privately owned restaurants enters it's second half century, they aim to offer what it's founder offered right from the very start - the very best.
George's Restaurant
1 Saint Michael's Street
Welcome to George's Restaurant where they offer the taste of quality Greek foods and specialities in the heart of the South coast. Based in Southampton they have one of the oldest privately owned family restaurants in the area. The staff create a friendly and inviting atmosphere that ensures your meal is a relaxed and pleasant experience. In 1936 a young Greek Cypriot named Michael Hannides left his seaside village, at the far eastern side of his sunny island, to seek his fortune in sunny Britain. After working as an ice cream salesman in Southampton, a baker in London and a 'chippie' in Wales (where he learnt Welsh!) He had finally saved enough money to launch a restaurant - dubbed George's after his second Christian name, that was in 1940. The first George's was a straightforward, no frills sort of place where the quality of food was paramount : people travelled miles to savour specialities like Spaghetti and Meatballs, Michael worked all the hours God made to build up his business and establish his reputation. A new ring road meant that George's had to be demolished though a bigger and better building rose up in its place. Michael incapable of being idle used up the waiting time by making tables for the new Restaurant! Before he passed away in August 2004 he often looked back on a medley of memories, especially from the heyday of the big liners, when he played host to a wide range of customers - from the Coroner, Mr D.H.B. Harfield to merchant seamen like the young Tommy Steele. The list of rich and famous to have graced the tables of George's Restaurant is as long as it is distinguished including - Edward Heath, Matthew Le Tissier, Marion Pahars along with the other Saints players, Alan Ball (before his move!) Sue Pollard, Leo Mckern, Timothy West, former racing driver Derek Warwick, Nick Park of Wallace and 'Gromit' fame and Andrew Davies from 'Pride and Prejudice'. As one of the city's longest surviving privately owned restaurants enters it's second half century, they aim to offer what it's founder offered right from the very start - the very best.
7 Bone is an American restaurant/takeaway set in the lively Portswood area of Southampton. They specialise in burgers and shakes. We’ve ate there a few times now, always delicious and recommended!
7Bone Burger Co. Southampton
110 Portswood Rd
7 Bone is an American restaurant/takeaway set in the lively Portswood area of Southampton. They specialise in burgers and shakes. We’ve ate there a few times now, always delicious and recommended!
It’s not every day you come across a Portuguese eatery. It’s even rarer to find one as good as Diego’s in Southampton, on Belford Place. With a stylish-rustic red brick and wood interior, Diego’s serves up the best of what Portuguese barbecuing has to offer - from chicken, steaks and burgers right down to a whole fish that’s grilled to perfection. With its legion of platters and tapas to share, Diego’s in Southampton’s city centre is the perfect spot for a royal round table with your friends or family. Don’t wait to discover the succulent taste of Portugal and piri piri down at Diego’s.
Diego's Rotisserie
10 Bedford Pl
It’s not every day you come across a Portuguese eatery. It’s even rarer to find one as good as Diego’s in Southampton, on Belford Place. With a stylish-rustic red brick and wood interior, Diego’s serves up the best of what Portuguese barbecuing has to offer - from chicken, steaks and burgers right down to a whole fish that’s grilled to perfection. With its legion of platters and tapas to share, Diego’s in Southampton’s city centre is the perfect spot for a royal round table with your friends or family. Don’t wait to discover the succulent taste of Portugal and piri piri down at Diego’s.
They hand make each of the Gourmet Burgers fresh to order. They also serve Sunday Roast dinners and have a very special eat in Tapas in menu! If you're planning to eat in make sure you book ahead. They believe quality should never be a compromise. No matter what Burger or treat you fancy, they guarantee fresh, local produce is used to hand make everything you order.
Burger Bodega and Lime Bar
59 Lodge Road
They hand make each of the Gourmet Burgers fresh to order. They also serve Sunday Roast dinners and have a very special eat in Tapas in menu! If you're planning to eat in make sure you book ahead. They believe quality should never be a compromise. No matter what Burger or treat you fancy, they guarantee fresh, local produce is used to hand make everything you order.
As a new addition to Country Inns (which is a local family run business) The Bold Forester offers fresh home cooked food on the premises, lovingly produced by experienced & passionate chefs. The menu offers dishes created with fresh locally sourced ingredients, where possible, and offers a range of flavours to appeal to all. They have some lovely large tables for families and friends and some cosy tables for 2. Situated on the edge of the beautiful New Forest – its central location is ideal for exploring the New Forest with its spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife where ponies, cattle, pigs and deer are free to roam. Nearby are the Cathedral cities of Salisbury. The nearby shopping centre of Southampton, the market town of Lymington and the blue flag beaches of Bournemouth offer access to the world famous sailing waters of the Solent. The fully trained attentive staff are here to ensure that your visit is relaxing, fun and enjoyable and that you will return time and time again. Whether you are popping in for a drink (check out the varied wine list, real ales, ciders and lagers) or want an evening out dining, make sure you come and meet their team and let them know what you think. Oh….. and don’t forget to bring your four legged friend as they also welcome dogs!
Bold Forrester
As a new addition to Country Inns (which is a local family run business) The Bold Forester offers fresh home cooked food on the premises, lovingly produced by experienced & passionate chefs. The menu offers dishes created with fresh locally sourced ingredients, where possible, and offers a range of flavours to appeal to all. They have some lovely large tables for families and friends and some cosy tables for 2. Situated on the edge of the beautiful New Forest – its central location is ideal for exploring the New Forest with its spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife where ponies, cattle, pigs and deer are free to roam. Nearby are the Cathedral cities of Salisbury. The nearby shopping centre of Southampton, the market town of Lymington and the blue flag beaches of Bournemouth offer access to the world famous sailing waters of the Solent. The fully trained attentive staff are here to ensure that your visit is relaxing, fun and enjoyable and that you will return time and time again. Whether you are popping in for a drink (check out the varied wine list, real ales, ciders and lagers) or want an evening out dining, make sure you come and meet their team and let them know what you think. Oh….. and don’t forget to bring your four legged friend as they also welcome dogs!
Piggys is a Fully Licensed Cafe/Restaurant With award winning Teas and delicious Coffee. A Lovely family run Cafe/Restaurant in the heart of Woolston. They serve good food at a reasonable price!
Piggy's
26 Victoria Road
Piggys is a Fully Licensed Cafe/Restaurant With award winning Teas and delicious Coffee. A Lovely family run Cafe/Restaurant in the heart of Woolston. They serve good food at a reasonable price!
They are a family run business and have been at the Big Blue Cafe since 1992. Daily specials and homemade cakes always available, sandwiches, baps, wraps + fresh-baked baguettes. They also have local produce beef burgers, melts + paninis, hearty healthy salads and more. Free parking on site and dogs are welcome!
Big Blue Cafe
35a Chapel Lane
They are a family run business and have been at the Big Blue Cafe since 1992. Daily specials and homemade cakes always available, sandwiches, baps, wraps + fresh-baked baguettes. They also have local produce beef burgers, melts + paninis, hearty healthy salads and more. Free parking on site and dogs are welcome!
Shopping
Westquay (formerly WestQuay) is a shopping centre in Southampton, United Kingdom. It has an area of 800,000 square feet (70,000 m2) of retail space and contains around 130 shops, including major retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Zara, Schuh, Waterstone's, Hollister Co., Apple, and many more top brand names. It is situated in the city centre, close to the docks, with entrances on the main High Street (Above Bar Street), on Portland Terrace, through Waterstone's and on Harbour Parade, through the new (2016-2017) Westquay South. There is a built-in multi-storey car park with an entrance into the centre along with a 3 tier car park beneath. Building work began in 1997 as the former Daily Echo building and Pirelli Cable Works were demolished to make way for the centre. Westquay North was opened on 28 September 2000. The building is heated using geothermal energy, as is the civic centre. A centralised plant uses heat from an aquifer underground and then distributes it to the buildings in the city centre via a district heating scheme. In mid-May 2009 the first Hollister store to be opened outside of the extended London area opened in Westquay North; this is considered to be a major coup for Westquay as it reflects well on the strength of the retail offering available within Westquay.
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West Quay Shopping Centre
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Westquay (formerly WestQuay) is a shopping centre in Southampton, United Kingdom. It has an area of 800,000 square feet (70,000 m2) of retail space and contains around 130 shops, including major retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Zara, Schuh, Waterstone's, Hollister Co., Apple, and many more top brand names. It is situated in the city centre, close to the docks, with entrances on the main High Street (Above Bar Street), on Portland Terrace, through Waterstone's and on Harbour Parade, through the new (2016-2017) Westquay South. There is a built-in multi-storey car park with an entrance into the centre along with a 3 tier car park beneath. Building work began in 1997 as the former Daily Echo building and Pirelli Cable Works were demolished to make way for the centre. Westquay North was opened on 28 September 2000. The building is heated using geothermal energy, as is the civic centre. A centralised plant uses heat from an aquifer underground and then distributes it to the buildings in the city centre via a district heating scheme. In mid-May 2009 the first Hollister store to be opened outside of the extended London area opened in Westquay North; this is considered to be a major coup for Westquay as it reflects well on the strength of the retail offering available within Westquay.
Robins Nest is an emporium based in Southampton, with 90+ traders offering Homewares, Kitchenalia, Collectibles, Fashion, Gifts, and more. They have a lovely coffee shop on site and host bookable craft workshops. FREE Parking on site. We love visiting this store as they always have really interesting, unusual and unique items. Definitely worth checking out!
Robin's Nest Emporium
Robins Nest is an emporium based in Southampton, with 90+ traders offering Homewares, Kitchenalia, Collectibles, Fashion, Gifts, and more. They have a lovely coffee shop on site and host bookable craft workshops. FREE Parking on site. We love visiting this store as they always have really interesting, unusual and unique items. Definitely worth checking out!
Pickwell Farm Shop and Pick-Your-Own is located on the outskirts of Southampton and is a family run business established at this location since 1985. The pick and pay fields are open from 9am until 4.30pm 7 days a week and depending on the season offer rhubarb, strawberries, broad beans, black/redcurrants, courgettes, raspberries, blackberries, runner beans, french beans, sweetcorn (late August) and pumpkins (October). Please note that when in the pick and pay fields you will be crossing fields on a working farm, if it has been raining it will be muddy sensible footwear, enclosed toes, should be worn at all times. Pumpkin picking is open in October. Do check Pickwell Farm's websites for dates and availability.
Pickwell Farm Shop
Pickwell Farm Shop and Pick-Your-Own is located on the outskirts of Southampton and is a family run business established at this location since 1985. The pick and pay fields are open from 9am until 4.30pm 7 days a week and depending on the season offer rhubarb, strawberries, broad beans, black/redcurrants, courgettes, raspberries, blackberries, runner beans, french beans, sweetcorn (late August) and pumpkins (October). Please note that when in the pick and pay fields you will be crossing fields on a working farm, if it has been raining it will be muddy sensible footwear, enclosed toes, should be worn at all times. Pumpkin picking is open in October. Do check Pickwell Farm's websites for dates and availability.
Julia’s House is a Children's Hospice in Dorset and Wiltshire. They are an award-winning children’s hospice charity dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families across the two counties. They have several charity shops and the Creekmoor store (roughly 35 miles from Southampton) is the best charity shop we’ve ever been to! Lovely staff, an amazing selection of items and a bridal room which is stunning and has so many nice wedding dresses (needs to be booked beforehand). Highly recommended if you’re checking out the Dorset area.
Julia's House Warehouse and Showroom Charity Shop
Julia’s House is a Children's Hospice in Dorset and Wiltshire. They are an award-winning children’s hospice charity dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families across the two counties. They have several charity shops and the Creekmoor store (roughly 35 miles from Southampton) is the best charity shop we’ve ever been to! Lovely staff, an amazing selection of items and a bridal room which is stunning and has so many nice wedding dresses (needs to be booked beforehand). Highly recommended if you’re checking out the Dorset area.
Uniquely positioned in a cultural harbour front location in the heart of Portsmouth roughly 20 miles from Southampton, Gunwharf Quays is the South’s leading designer shopping outlet. Boasting over 90 stores, offering up to 60% off original retail prices, and over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, Gunwharf Quays is a unique and vibrant shopping and leisure destination. Set right on the beautiful Solent waterfront, it is the ideal place to explore, shop, dine and take in the exciting sights of this historic coastal city.
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Gunwharf Quays
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Uniquely positioned in a cultural harbour front location in the heart of Portsmouth roughly 20 miles from Southampton, Gunwharf Quays is the South’s leading designer shopping outlet. Boasting over 90 stores, offering up to 60% off original retail prices, and over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, Gunwharf Quays is a unique and vibrant shopping and leisure destination. Set right on the beautiful Solent waterfront, it is the ideal place to explore, shop, dine and take in the exciting sights of this historic coastal city.
Pubs/Bars/Clubs
Located right in the middle of Southampton’s lively Bedford Place, the London Road Brew House is a vibrant, buzzy pub with lots going on! There are two bars, Sky and BT Sport, and their very own microbrewery where you can watch an eclectic range of beers being brewed. Also, with an open kitchen, you can watch the chefs prepare and cook your pizza in the stone bake oven. They have an amazing weekly line-up of events including a hugely popular Monday night quiz and ‘Sessions’ live music every Friday after work. You and your friends can also liven up your evening with ping pong, table football or pool. We’ve ate and drank here many times and have always really enjoyed it! The beers and cocktails were great and the pizzas are delicious! A fun spot in town to visit.
London Road Brew House
67-75 London Rd
Located right in the middle of Southampton’s lively Bedford Place, the London Road Brew House is a vibrant, buzzy pub with lots going on! There are two bars, Sky and BT Sport, and their very own microbrewery where you can watch an eclectic range of beers being brewed. Also, with an open kitchen, you can watch the chefs prepare and cook your pizza in the stone bake oven. They have an amazing weekly line-up of events including a hugely popular Monday night quiz and ‘Sessions’ live music every Friday after work. You and your friends can also liven up your evening with ping pong, table football or pool. We’ve ate and drank here many times and have always really enjoyed it! The beers and cocktails were great and the pizzas are delicious! A fun spot in town to visit.
Rising from the ashes of those historic barrels, the Old Cooperage in Botley is once again brewing fine quality ales, under the name of CrackleRock Brewing Company. The brewery is located just off Botley high street, so when the sun gets too hot or the shops get too busy, come and check them out at the CrackleRock Brewery at the Old Cooperage. The new Tap Room is just over the road on the other side of Botley High Street behind Clarke Mews. They are air conditioned and serve 9 ales on tap, 7 keg beers, over 20 gins, vodkas, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
CrackleRock Brewing Company
Rising from the ashes of those historic barrels, the Old Cooperage in Botley is once again brewing fine quality ales, under the name of CrackleRock Brewing Company. The brewery is located just off Botley high street, so when the sun gets too hot or the shops get too busy, come and check them out at the CrackleRock Brewery at the Old Cooperage. The new Tap Room is just over the road on the other side of Botley High Street behind Clarke Mews. They are air conditioned and serve 9 ales on tap, 7 keg beers, over 20 gins, vodkas, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
A cosy village local overlooking cricket pitch; well kept Wadworths ales and generous helpings of enjoyable sensibly priced home-made food, nice eating area away from bar, conservatory; some live music including folk night third Weds of month, pool and darts, free wi-fi; children and dogs (in bar) welcome, aviary with parrots, good sized garden, lovely church nearby, open all day, food all day weekends (till about 6pm Sun).
Samuel's Rest
A cosy village local overlooking cricket pitch; well kept Wadworths ales and generous helpings of enjoyable sensibly priced home-made food, nice eating area away from bar, conservatory; some live music including folk night third Weds of month, pool and darts, free wi-fi; children and dogs (in bar) welcome, aviary with parrots, good sized garden, lovely church nearby, open all day, food all day weekends (till about 6pm Sun).
Situated in the heart of Botley, the Brewery Bar offers a fun and friendly atmosphere whether it be at the end of a busy day at work or at leisure, a weekend escape or an evening out with friends or family. With live music every week, open mic nights, pub quiz, and plenty of deals and offers, The Brewery Bar has something for everyone no matter what your pleasure. They have an outside terraced area, beer garden with children's play area and a large car park. They serve a wide range of excellent homemade food and snacks as well as plenty of drinks!
The Brewery Bar
10 Winchester Street
Situated in the heart of Botley, the Brewery Bar offers a fun and friendly atmosphere whether it be at the end of a busy day at work or at leisure, a weekend escape or an evening out with friends or family. With live music every week, open mic nights, pub quiz, and plenty of deals and offers, The Brewery Bar has something for everyone no matter what your pleasure. They have an outside terraced area, beer garden with children's play area and a large car park. They serve a wide range of excellent homemade food and snacks as well as plenty of drinks!
Whether you're coming to enjoy a meal with friends or a quick drink after work, soak up the atmosphere and take your time to choose from the fantastic selection of great beers, wines and spirits, and browse through their delicious beer-matched food menu. However you decide to use Brewhouse & Kitchen you will be assured of a great time.
Brewhouse and Kitchen - Southampton
47 Highfield Ln
Whether you're coming to enjoy a meal with friends or a quick drink after work, soak up the atmosphere and take your time to choose from the fantastic selection of great beers, wines and spirits, and browse through their delicious beer-matched food menu. However you decide to use Brewhouse & Kitchen you will be assured of a great time.
The Dancing Man Brewery is a 1000l Brewpub and restaurant, making and selling fantastic beer. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Southampton’s Woolhouse. This building has a rich history which they have embraced and preserved, with guests from all over the world coming to see the graffiti etched into the beams by prisoners of war kept here during the 18th century and the Victorian crane as you enter the beautiful doorway. You can watch staff busily brewing and ask any questions! Dancing Man Brewery offers an extensive menu including a plethora of vegan and vegetarian dishes. There’s a mixture of old favourites, decadent, indulgent dishes or light tasty bites. Perfect for families, couples or larger parties they welcome (and encourage!) you to bring your 4 legged friends as there is also a menu just for dogs. They’re in this year’s Good Food Guide and are known for their award winning pies! If there’s something to celebrate Dancing Man Brewery also offer bespoke weddings and events!
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Dancing Man Brewery
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The Dancing Man Brewery is a 1000l Brewpub and restaurant, making and selling fantastic beer. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Southampton’s Woolhouse. This building has a rich history which they have embraced and preserved, with guests from all over the world coming to see the graffiti etched into the beams by prisoners of war kept here during the 18th century and the Victorian crane as you enter the beautiful doorway. You can watch staff busily brewing and ask any questions! Dancing Man Brewery offers an extensive menu including a plethora of vegan and vegetarian dishes. There’s a mixture of old favourites, decadent, indulgent dishes or light tasty bites. Perfect for families, couples or larger parties they welcome (and encourage!) you to bring your 4 legged friends as there is also a menu just for dogs. They’re in this year’s Good Food Guide and are known for their award winning pies! If there’s something to celebrate Dancing Man Brewery also offer bespoke weddings and events!
The Duke of Wellington is a welcoming English Pub with real English Ales. Positioned in Southampton's historic Bugle Street, the award winning Duke of Wellington Pub has been a silent witness to many of the city's most famous events. The dark timbered building was originally built upon Norman vaults and cellars in 1220 and was first leased out to a Benedict Ace, one of the city's earliest mayors. During the great French raid of 1338 it was badly damaged but only required a repair job when other parts of the city were destroyed. In 1494 the building was for the first time converted into a public house after being bought by brewer Rowland Johnson who named it Bere House or Brew House. Johnson not only sold drink but also started brewing his own and subsequently set up the city's first brewery. Port books of the day record the importation of his brewing equipment and brewing hops from his native town in what is now Holland. In 1620 the pub would have been passed many times by the Pilgrim Fathers on their way to the Mayflower, which sailed its maiden voyage to the New World from the bottom of Bugle Street. By 1771 the pub was renamed the Shipwrights Arms serving the many local ship builders. After the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the owners of the pub celebrated by changing its name to that of the victorious Duke of Wellington who had become a national hero.
The Duke Of Wellington
36 Bugle St
The Duke of Wellington is a welcoming English Pub with real English Ales. Positioned in Southampton's historic Bugle Street, the award winning Duke of Wellington Pub has been a silent witness to many of the city's most famous events. The dark timbered building was originally built upon Norman vaults and cellars in 1220 and was first leased out to a Benedict Ace, one of the city's earliest mayors. During the great French raid of 1338 it was badly damaged but only required a repair job when other parts of the city were destroyed. In 1494 the building was for the first time converted into a public house after being bought by brewer Rowland Johnson who named it Bere House or Brew House. Johnson not only sold drink but also started brewing his own and subsequently set up the city's first brewery. Port books of the day record the importation of his brewing equipment and brewing hops from his native town in what is now Holland. In 1620 the pub would have been passed many times by the Pilgrim Fathers on their way to the Mayflower, which sailed its maiden voyage to the New World from the bottom of Bugle Street. By 1771 the pub was renamed the Shipwrights Arms serving the many local ship builders. After the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the owners of the pub celebrated by changing its name to that of the victorious Duke of Wellington who had become a national hero.
The present owner and Landlord Stewart Cross took over The Platform Tavern in June 1997 taking it from a run-down quiet maritime themed establishment that had seen better days to a thriving and ambient Traditional English Pub it is today. The décor today has an ethnic feel with walls adorned with masks, relics & pictures many of which Stewart has acquired from his travels abroad to make this pub truly homely & unique. Over the years The Platform has built up a good reputation for its live music bringing some of the best acts from far away lands to local hero’s playing an array of original music with the bulk being Blues & Roots acts. Always free entry & always of the highest quality. The food produced is of restaurant standard with local produce a priority. The menu is varied from Pub classics to more exotic fare. The Platform has become renowned for its short-crust Desperate Dan style pies, Fresh fish & Sunday lunches.
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Platform Tavern
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The present owner and Landlord Stewart Cross took over The Platform Tavern in June 1997 taking it from a run-down quiet maritime themed establishment that had seen better days to a thriving and ambient Traditional English Pub it is today. The décor today has an ethnic feel with walls adorned with masks, relics & pictures many of which Stewart has acquired from his travels abroad to make this pub truly homely & unique. Over the years The Platform has built up a good reputation for its live music bringing some of the best acts from far away lands to local hero’s playing an array of original music with the bulk being Blues & Roots acts. Always free entry & always of the highest quality. The food produced is of restaurant standard with local produce a priority. The menu is varied from Pub classics to more exotic fare. The Platform has become renowned for its short-crust Desperate Dan style pies, Fresh fish & Sunday lunches.
This delightful village pub has undergone many a change of use in its 600-year history. At one time or another the Inn has been a factory, a school, doubled up as a dentist and a private house. The Inn is so called because way back in history, it catered for the needs of the travelling Brushmakers who used the vale of Upham as their base when they were not touring the countryside selling the brooms which they made from the hazel sticks from the green hedges of Hampshire. One of the regular guests at the Inn was a Mr Chickett; he was famous for the good quality of his brushes and it was known that he made a good living. One night while he lay in his bed above the Inn Mr Chickett chucked it…losing his life and his money. The murdering thief was never found, but Mr Chickett’s ghost keeps on searching, either for the money or the thief, haunting the low-ceilinged room where he had slept his last sleep. The village’s most famous resident was possibly the eighteenth-century poet and philosopher Edward young (1681-1765), born in the rectory, rector and author of ‘Night Thoughts’ illustrated by William Blake. I like to think he may have been in this very Inn when he penned “procrastination is the thief of time”. During the English civil war, sometime after the battle of Cheriton (1644), Oliver Cromwell put up at this Inn, used it as his headquarters, thumbed his maps and laid his plans for the roundhead advance on Winchester (1645). Not only to the seeker of haunted Inns, the Brushmakers Arms is a fascinating pub; it is a picturesque place with a slice of history all of its own. This is a great base for walking holidays for the Monarchs Way and the South Downs. There are many routes for walking dogs, rambling and cycling, with breath-taking views of the Hampshire countryside and Winchester Hill. Nicky and Reece own the pub and you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and excellent food. With many years' experience of running excellent pubs and producing fantastic food, this really is a place not to be missed. They pride themselves on the quality of food and drink they offer and feature on the Square Meal website, Highly Commended as 2019 Regional Finalists by the Countryside Alliance and appear in the Good Pub Guide. Booking is recommended, especially at weekends, as they get very busy! Pop in for one of their famous Black Pudding Scotch Eggs, locally produced Pork Scratchings, sandwich, Ploughmans light lunch or evening meal with friends and family. They source local produce from local farms, food producers and grow herbs, vegetables and salad in their garden. All food that they serve has travelled no more than 10 miles to get here, and they always go organic and cook everything fresh every day. The real ales are delicious, sourced from local breweries and there's always a guest ale on offer. They also stock a wide range of gins, whiskies, spirits, wines, fine wines and soft drinks.
The Brushmakers Arms
This delightful village pub has undergone many a change of use in its 600-year history. At one time or another the Inn has been a factory, a school, doubled up as a dentist and a private house. The Inn is so called because way back in history, it catered for the needs of the travelling Brushmakers who used the vale of Upham as their base when they were not touring the countryside selling the brooms which they made from the hazel sticks from the green hedges of Hampshire. One of the regular guests at the Inn was a Mr Chickett; he was famous for the good quality of his brushes and it was known that he made a good living. One night while he lay in his bed above the Inn Mr Chickett chucked it…losing his life and his money. The murdering thief was never found, but Mr Chickett’s ghost keeps on searching, either for the money or the thief, haunting the low-ceilinged room where he had slept his last sleep. The village’s most famous resident was possibly the eighteenth-century poet and philosopher Edward young (1681-1765), born in the rectory, rector and author of ‘Night Thoughts’ illustrated by William Blake. I like to think he may have been in this very Inn when he penned “procrastination is the thief of time”. During the English civil war, sometime after the battle of Cheriton (1644), Oliver Cromwell put up at this Inn, used it as his headquarters, thumbed his maps and laid his plans for the roundhead advance on Winchester (1645). Not only to the seeker of haunted Inns, the Brushmakers Arms is a fascinating pub; it is a picturesque place with a slice of history all of its own. This is a great base for walking holidays for the Monarchs Way and the South Downs. There are many routes for walking dogs, rambling and cycling, with breath-taking views of the Hampshire countryside and Winchester Hill. Nicky and Reece own the pub and you can always be guaranteed a warm welcome and excellent food. With many years' experience of running excellent pubs and producing fantastic food, this really is a place not to be missed. They pride themselves on the quality of food and drink they offer and feature on the Square Meal website, Highly Commended as 2019 Regional Finalists by the Countryside Alliance and appear in the Good Pub Guide. Booking is recommended, especially at weekends, as they get very busy! Pop in for one of their famous Black Pudding Scotch Eggs, locally produced Pork Scratchings, sandwich, Ploughmans light lunch or evening meal with friends and family. They source local produce from local farms, food producers and grow herbs, vegetables and salad in their garden. All food that they serve has travelled no more than 10 miles to get here, and they always go organic and cook everything fresh every day. The real ales are delicious, sourced from local breweries and there's always a guest ale on offer. They also stock a wide range of gins, whiskies, spirits, wines, fine wines and soft drinks.
Situated on Queen's Terrace Southampton and overlooking the historic Queen's Park, Porters name originates from the history of its surroundings, 'Porters Meadow'. Tucked away from the vibrant Oxford Street, Porters offers a place to unwind, eat and drink in the company of friends. They are passionate about creating a social dining experience to be enjoyed by all. Whether it be drinks after work, a business meeting or an evening out, Porters is the perfect setting to meet. At Porters they have taken great pride in creating an extensive list of various wines from around the world. They have worked in collaboration with an experienced sommelier to produce a diverse menu of beautiful wines. For those who are not wine connoisseurs, they also serve spirits, beers and soft drinks. To complement their handpicked wines, they have sourced only the best UK produced meats and cheeses. Their unique menu allows you as the customer to build your board by selecting from a great range of charcuterie. The boards have been designed to share among friends and to create a social and relaxed dining experience.
Porters Wine & Charcuterie
20-22 Queen's Terrace
Situated on Queen's Terrace Southampton and overlooking the historic Queen's Park, Porters name originates from the history of its surroundings, 'Porters Meadow'. Tucked away from the vibrant Oxford Street, Porters offers a place to unwind, eat and drink in the company of friends. They are passionate about creating a social dining experience to be enjoyed by all. Whether it be drinks after work, a business meeting or an evening out, Porters is the perfect setting to meet. At Porters they have taken great pride in creating an extensive list of various wines from around the world. They have worked in collaboration with an experienced sommelier to produce a diverse menu of beautiful wines. For those who are not wine connoisseurs, they also serve spirits, beers and soft drinks. To complement their handpicked wines, they have sourced only the best UK produced meats and cheeses. Their unique menu allows you as the customer to build your board by selecting from a great range of charcuterie. The boards have been designed to share among friends and to create a social and relaxed dining experience.
Set in Southampton's Cultural Quarter, Belgium And Blues is an independently owned Bar and Brasserie selling Belgium and British craft beer and great food. Born from passion and the want for something a little more, it's really "All About the experience!" Great beers, spirits, wines and of course food!
Belgium And Blues
184 Above Bar St
Set in Southampton's Cultural Quarter, Belgium And Blues is an independently owned Bar and Brasserie selling Belgium and British craft beer and great food. Born from passion and the want for something a little more, it's really "All About the experience!" Great beers, spirits, wines and of course food!
Beaches
Calshot beach forms part of a mile long shingle spit which reaches out into the mouth of Southampton Water. From here you get a great view of the ships coming and going from one of the UK’s largest ports. The beach also offers panoramic views of the Solent, Southampton and the Isle of Wight so it is little wonder the beach is the site of a 16th century castle. Built in 1539 by Henry VIII, Calshot Castle is one of number of similar forts built to defend the south coast from the French and Spanish.
Calshot Beach
Calshot beach forms part of a mile long shingle spit which reaches out into the mouth of Southampton Water. From here you get a great view of the ships coming and going from one of the UK’s largest ports. The beach also offers panoramic views of the Solent, Southampton and the Isle of Wight so it is little wonder the beach is the site of a 16th century castle. Built in 1539 by Henry VIII, Calshot Castle is one of number of similar forts built to defend the south coast from the French and Spanish.
A stony beach that forms part of Lepe Country Park, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Views across to the Isle of Wight and excellent coastal walks featuring pine-fringed cliffs, D-day remains and wild flower meadows. The main swimming area is a short walk east of the car park.
Lepe Beach
A stony beach that forms part of Lepe Country Park, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Views across to the Isle of Wight and excellent coastal walks featuring pine-fringed cliffs, D-day remains and wild flower meadows. The main swimming area is a short walk east of the car park.
Roughly 26 miles from Southampton, Southbourne Beach is one of Bournemouth's favourite Blue Flag award winning beaches, particularly loved by the locals for its wide, exceptionally clean, sandy and shingle beaches situated further to the West of Bournemouth, away from the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth Pier and the town centre. Access Southbourne beach directly from Southbourne high street through Fisherman's walk. The beach is popular with young families due to convenient facilities such as toilets with baby changing facilities, lost children centres, RNLI lifeguard stations, pubs and ice cream
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Southbourne Beachfront
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Roughly 26 miles from Southampton, Southbourne Beach is one of Bournemouth's favourite Blue Flag award winning beaches, particularly loved by the locals for its wide, exceptionally clean, sandy and shingle beaches situated further to the West of Bournemouth, away from the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth Pier and the town centre. Access Southbourne beach directly from Southbourne high street through Fisherman's walk. The beach is popular with young families due to convenient facilities such as toilets with baby changing facilities, lost children centres, RNLI lifeguard stations, pubs and ice cream
Roughly 27 miles from Southampton, Hengistbury Head is a relatively unspoilt and south-facing pebble and sand beach, with imposing clay and ironstone cliffs. At the less developed end is Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, which separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay. There is plenty of parking as well as toilets and a cafe. It's about a 30-60 minute walk (depending on your fitness) from the carpark to the beach through beauiful scenery or they have a cute "land train" which takes you back and forth for a small fee.
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Hengistbury Head Beach
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Roughly 27 miles from Southampton, Hengistbury Head is a relatively unspoilt and south-facing pebble and sand beach, with imposing clay and ironstone cliffs. At the less developed end is Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, which separates Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay. There is plenty of parking as well as toilets and a cafe. It's about a 30-60 minute walk (depending on your fitness) from the carpark to the beach through beauiful scenery or they have a cute "land train" which takes you back and forth for a small fee.
Roughly 22 miles from Southampton, Highcliffe Beach is the most easterly beach in Dorset, sitting right on the border with Hampshire. A series of breakwaters help to create a sand and shingle beach that is popular with swimmers and surfers, particularly body boarders. Not in keeping with its name, Highcliffe is backed by grassy dunes, bushes, trees and low-rise cliffs. The dunes and shrublands behind the beach are criss-crossed with a number of paths and at the western end there is the Steamer Point Nature Reserve. From July to September there is a lifeguard service on the beach and the beach is cleaned daily during the high season and at regular intervals during the winter. Car-parking for just over 600 cars is available at the top of Highcliffe cliff, a pay car park, including disabled parking as well as a café (The Cliffhanger Café) and toilet and baby changing facilities. From here there is a rather steep path descending down onto the beach that makes disabled access difficult. However, there is a surfaced wheelchair route from Waterford Road to Chewton Glen. Pubs, restaurants, and shops can be found a few hundred meters away in the centre of the town of Highcliffe. The Dorset coastal path runs alongside the coast from nearby Chewton Bunny along to Mudeford Quay, providing a few miles of undisturbed paths for walkers to enjoy. This is by far our favourite local beach. The views from the beach and cliffs are stunning and we always have an amazing day here, highly recommended!
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Highcliffe Beach
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Roughly 22 miles from Southampton, Highcliffe Beach is the most easterly beach in Dorset, sitting right on the border with Hampshire. A series of breakwaters help to create a sand and shingle beach that is popular with swimmers and surfers, particularly body boarders. Not in keeping with its name, Highcliffe is backed by grassy dunes, bushes, trees and low-rise cliffs. The dunes and shrublands behind the beach are criss-crossed with a number of paths and at the western end there is the Steamer Point Nature Reserve. From July to September there is a lifeguard service on the beach and the beach is cleaned daily during the high season and at regular intervals during the winter. Car-parking for just over 600 cars is available at the top of Highcliffe cliff, a pay car park, including disabled parking as well as a café (The Cliffhanger Café) and toilet and baby changing facilities. From here there is a rather steep path descending down onto the beach that makes disabled access difficult. However, there is a surfaced wheelchair route from Waterford Road to Chewton Glen. Pubs, restaurants, and shops can be found a few hundred meters away in the centre of the town of Highcliffe. The Dorset coastal path runs alongside the coast from nearby Chewton Bunny along to Mudeford Quay, providing a few miles of undisturbed paths for walkers to enjoy. This is by far our favourite local beach. The views from the beach and cliffs are stunning and we always have an amazing day here, highly recommended!