For an exciting and memorable UK city break, stay in our beautiful and luxurious Southampton hotel, located just under 5 miles from the city centre, the perfect place from which to explore the exciting, cosmopolitan city, or to delve into Hampshire. Sitting on 12 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds and equipped to the hilt with spa, swimming pool, plenty of entertainment and state-of-the-art leisure facilities, you will be hard pressed to find a nicer hotel in Southampton than the Best Western Chilworth Manor.
Nicknamed the 'Green City,' Southampton is graced with many commons and parks, such as Houndwell Park or Hoglands Park, giving the city a feeling of space and tranquility. The largest, Southampton Common, is 148 hectares, the perfect place to have a picnic and relaxing summer's day out with the family before heading back to your hotel in Southampton centre. The city has a rich historical heritage. The Old Town is currently undergoing much investment and refurbishment and presently there is a lot of history on display. There are more hidden treasures here than most cities can claim, after all, it was the town that gave birth to the USA by bidding farewell to the pilgrim fathers. It also launched the most famous ship in history, The Titanic, as well as drawing the time and investment of many historical figures including William the Conqueror, Henry V, Shakespeare and many more. Southampton's Above Bar area, so named as it sits north of the 12th-century city wall entrance Bargate is a really vibrant and buzzing district, the shopping hub of the city. After leaving your Southampton hotel, head west for Mayflower Park, Mayflower Memorial, the Tudor Merchants Hall and the Tudor House to get a taste of the city's historical flavour. Watch the big cruise ships gliding in from the Solent at Town Quay which has a sparkling new marina with bars restaurants and shops.
Shopping in Southampton
Southampton is known for its high-quality and top-end shopping centres, perhaps Westquay, Marlands and Bargate being the most famous and having elevated the city to one of the UK's top retail destinations. For something a little different, get to the Bargate, very easy to find from a hotel in Southampton centre, it was once the main entry into Old Town and now hosts regular, buzzing markets. Much of the mainstream and big-name shopping opportunities are found around East Street. Beatnik Emporium on Above Bar Street sells offbeat clothes and shoes while Southampton's boho loves Oxfam Retro on Portswood Road.
Eating and drinking in Southampton
Keen foodies should make sure they head to Oxford Street from their Southampton hotel. This is where the main focal point for restaurants and eating-out is based. Modern British and Mediterranean cuisine flavour the scene, but the city plays host to a variety of cultures in its eateries. You'll find Greek tavernas, American diners as well as some exceptional Italian, Indian and French restaurants. Plenty of cafes and snack bars decorate these streets to rehydrate and energise the dragging feet of tired shoppers.
Culture and nightlife in Southampton
Southampton is known throughout the region as the place to party. The streets are packed with casual lounges to enjoy an intimate drink, traditional and historic pubs, as well as funky bars, clubs and venues. The Southampton Guildhall always provides a memorable experience, seating over 1,700 people, it is the city's largest venue and has welcomed a number of big names including Pink Floyd, Bowie, the Kaiser Chefs and the Killers. With two Universities in the city, there is a varied and relatively inexpensive nightlife and music scene. There is something for everyone. For something a little different, check out the Mayflower Theatre, which hosts a wonderful mixture of comedy, opera, musicals and ballet; you won't be disappointed! Southampton is blessed with a very efficient and modern transport system. Nightstar provide safe and reliable late-night transport to take you home, no matter where your hotel in Southampton is. For a great UK city break, the beautiful, seaside settlement of Southampton, is simply a must. Get booking now!
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