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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:


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Opening times:
Please check website for timetable as dates and times vary substantially throughout the year Mar - Dec 2011 (annual)

Reading FC 2011/12

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Basildon Park. Courtesy of the National Trust
Basildon Park

Opening times:
Mar-Oct: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm; Dec 11am-4pm Feb - Dec 2013; not Tue (annual)

Semi-State Rooms

Opening times:
Daily 9.45am-4.15pm Sep 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)

The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle © The Dean & Canons of Windsor
Changing of the Guard

Opening times:
Apr-July Mon-Sat 11am; Aug-Mar 11am alternate days and excluding Sundays; please visit the castle's website for full details Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Southampton:


Dominic Cooke's colourful WNO production of Mozart's Magic Flute
Welsh National Opera Autumn Tour

Dates Open:
29/11/2014 to 03/12/2014

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
19/09/2015 to 19/09/2015
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015
03/01/2015 to 03/01/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
21/02/2015 to 21/02/2015
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
07/11/2015 to 07/11/2015
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
17/01/2015 to 17/01/2015
20/12/2014 to 20/12/2014
03/10/2015 to 03/10/2015
17/10/2015 to 17/10/2015
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Dates Open:
01/11/2015 to 30/11/2015
01/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015

Christmas Lights Switch On

Dates Open:
27/11/2014 to 27/11/2014

Bournemouth Christmas Market. Courtesy of Bournemouth Tourism
Bournemouth Christmas Market

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 03/01/2015

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