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Old Tudor House, Southampton

Stay in a Southampton hotel and see a city with a story of medieval discovery and maritime triumph and disaster.

Historic Southampton

The Grade I Norman-built Bargate was the main entrance to the city and has served as a jail and Second World War police HQ. From your Southampton hotel stroll to the ruins of Holyrood Church on the high street where Crusaders and Agincourt soldiers prayed and the Titanic dead are remembered. At Town Quay, the Tudor Merchants House and the Tudor House evoke a time when dockside commerce ruled the day.

Art and museums in Southampton

Many of the dead Titanic crew were from Southampton, and at the Maritime Museum you’ll hear the harrowing tales of local survivors. At the 1417 artillery fortification God’s House Tower, a museum of archaeology displays local finds from Roman, Saxon and medieval eras. Explore Southampton City Art Gallery’s whopping 3,500 works of European art across six centuries.

Quirky things to do in Southampton

On a sunny day, head to Mayflower Park to watch vessels small and gigantic arrive at the docks. At the Hall of Aviation learn about the city’s pivotal role in air transport, including the first Spitfire flight.

Events in Southampton

Whether you’re an ancient mariner or a trainee seadog, the Southampton Boat Show at Mayflower Park in September gets you addicted faster than a sailor can order a pint. June’s Power in the Park on Southampton Common draws 80,000 pop fans.

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Attractions in Southampton:

The Exbury Gardens steam railway, Exbury Gardens. Courtesy of Exbury Gardens
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5pm Mar - Nov 2013 (annual)

Westgate Museum

Opening times:
Feb-Mar: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 12pm-4pm
Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; not Mon (various dates)

Mompesson House, Salisbury. Courtesy of Salisbury District Council
Mompesson House

Opening times:
Sat-Wed 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Thu or Fri (annual)

Charles Dickens' Birthplace, Portsmouth. Courtesy of Portsmouth Tourism
Charles Dickens' Birthplace

Opening times:
May-Sep: daily 10am-5.30pm
Dickens' birthday 7 Feb 10am-5pm Feb 2013 (various dates)

Southsea Castle, Portsmouth. © Portsmouth Museums & Records Service
Southsea Castle

Opening times:
Daily 10am-5.30pm Apr - Sep 2013 (annual)

What's on in Southampton:

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
20/12/2014 to 20/12/2014
20/09/2014 to 20/09/2014
16/08/2014 to 16/08/2014
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
03/01/2015 to 03/01/2015
17/01/2015 to 17/01/2015
21/02/2015 to 21/02/2015
15/11/2014 to 15/11/2014
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
04/10/2014 to 04/10/2014
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015
01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014
18/10/2014 to 18/10/2014
02/08/2014 to 02/08/2014
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
06/09/2014 to 06/09/2014
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015

Twenty20 Cup: Hampshire Hawks

Dates Open:
14/06/2015 to 25/08/2015
14/06/2014 to 25/08/2014

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Dates Open:
24/07/2014 to 26/07/2014

Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Classic Powerboat Race

Dates Open:
24/08/2014 to 27/08/2014

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Dates Open:
18/08/2014 to 18/08/2014

2006 Carnival Parade. Courtesy of Bournemouth Carnival Week
Bournemouth Carnival Week

Dates Open:
30/07/2014 to 05/08/2014

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