Clues To Go   -   Southampton

Starting at Bargate, at the entrance to the pedestrianised town centre, this route takes a circular loop that visits both the historic maritime area down by the Red Funnel ferry terminal, plus some of the medival backstreets.

On the way you will pass by the hostelry where King Henry V stayed before heading for Agincourt, buildings that were once the headquarters of the great ocean liner companies last century, sections of the city's old medieval defence walls and memorials to historic events such as the Napolionic wars, the Titanic sinking & the Normandy Landings of WWII.

Only a few decades ago it seemed like the age of great ocean liners sailing in and out of the port of Southampton was coming to a close and that the QE2 would be the last to pass this way. However the world has seen a massive boom in the cruise ship market and so, although the Queen Mary 2 stepped in to the QE2's shoes to become the only true ocean liner on the North Atlantic (sailing a scheduled of crossings each year), she and dozens of other super-sized cruise ships now provide a fine sight as they sail in and out of the port most days in the spring and summer months.

Pay-&-display car parking in Southampton town centre is clearly signposted as you approach the centre. The nearest multi-storey park to the start of this route is at the West Quay shopping centre.


For a refreshment break during your visit, you may wish to try one of the restaurants and bars located near the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferry terminal or on Oxford Street, near to the old Southwestern House building that used to be the headquarters of the Cunard Line (now turned into modern apartments).

Other places to visit in the vicinity of Southampton are the naval port in Portsmouth, the nearby New Forest (where you will find not only the famous ponies but also the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu) or take a ferry across to the Isle of Wight.

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