Southampton has the largest shopping centre in the area and
Southampton’s Old Town has more hidden treasures than many other cities can boast. A place, with some unique features, that has played its part in the country's history and that, for diverse reasons, attracted the interest of William The Conqueror, Henry V, William Shakespeare, the Pilgrim Fathers, Isaac Watts and Jane Austen.
The 800 year old Bargate stands as a prestigious entrance to the Old Town. Here, you will find the third longest stretch of unbroken Medieval defensive walling in England. The Old Town and its hidden treasures provide visitors with a truly memorable ‘step back’ into Southampton’s historical past. Tour the medieval vaults and enjoy a tankard of ale at the charming Duke of Wellington public house which also dates back to the twelfth century. The newly restored Tudor House and Garden is once again welcoming visitors. Enjoy exciting new audio-visual displays, guiding you around the house, plus a mini-beasts tour of the pretty knot garden.
Within a stone’s throw of Southampton’s OldTown is the waterfront, also steeped in history. Ocean Village and Town Quay offer peaceful spots for watching cruise ships and container vessels come and go, and may be an opportune moment to reflect on the port’s key role in the D-Day landings, as well as the launch of the fateful RMS Titanic in 1912.
Solent Sky Museum is also located nearby, exhibiting an impressive array of aircraft which documents the history of aviation in the Solent and Hampshire area. The museum displays many of the planes that helped make Southampton a famous hub of innovation, notably the legendary Spitfire.