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Sightseeing

There are many things to see in the city that relates to it's wealth of hertiage and history. Get the camera at the ready and visit the momunents, places of worship and museums in Southampton.

Southampton’s Old Town has more hidden treasures than many other cities can boast and is located just south of the city centre. It has attracted famous residents and visitors including William The Conqueror, Henry V, William Shakespeare, the Pilgrim Fathers, Isaac Watts and Jane Austen, among many others.

Originally built as the main gateway to the medieval city, the 800 year old Bargate stands as a prestigious entrance to the Old Town where you will find the third longest stretch of unbroken medieval defensive walling in England.  Eleven pairs of plaques have been laid from the Bargate down to the waterside, marking key events in the city’s history. The plaques mark key moments, from the early Roman settlement, to the opening of the National Oceanography Centre.

The Old Town and its hidden treasures provide visitors with a truly memorable ‘step back’ experience into Southampton’s past

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Arundel Tower

0.12 miles to city centre

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City Walls
Bargate
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 7LP
GB
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Arundel Tower may be named after Hirondelle  (swallow in French), the magical horse of Sir Bevois, a mythical founder of Southampton. Legend has it when Sir Bevois died he flung himself from the tower in sorrow. It is also known as Windwhistle Tower. It may also be named after Sir John Arundel who was Keeper of the Castle in the late 1300's.The town walls stretched for one and a quarter miles around the town and originally there were 8 gates and 29 towers. Today, roughly half the walls, 13 towers and 6 gates remain.  The tower is located at the north-west corner of the walls.

Bargate Northside

0.50 miles to city centre

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Bargate
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 1HF
GB
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The Bargate was the main entrance to the old town of Southampton from the North. It was constructed in Norman times as part of the fortified walled city. The Bargate is a Grade I listed building and a scheduled monument. The original Bargate was built around 1180 AD, constructed of stone and flint. Further alterations were made to the building up to 1320, when large drum towers were added to the north side with arrow slit windows. A team of gunners defended the town and 3 guns were stationed at the Bargate. The embattled north front was added around 1400. 

Bargate Southside

0.50 miles to city centre

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Bargate
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 1HF
GB
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Up at the parapet you can see the 17th century curfew bell (from the French phrase “couvre-feu” meaning cover the fire). A sundial was added a century later.  The first floor Guild Hall was used as a courtroom and the ground floor was a prison. A two-storey extension was made to the south side towards the end of the thirteenth century, with four windows lighting the upstairs room. The Bargate has been judged ‘probably the finest, and certainly the most complex, town gateway in Britain'.  

Blue Anchor Lane

0.68 miles to city centre

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Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 2AE
GB
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Blue Anchor Lane led from the medieval quayside into the town and the market in St Michael’s Square. The stone arch forms part of the town walls. In the late medieval period the lane was called Lord’s Lane. It was renamed in the 18th Century after the Blue Anchor Inn which was located in the lane. The name may have derived from the blue clay waters that the ships used for anchorage here. Southampton SO14 2AE, UK 

Catchcold Tower

0.12 miles to city centre

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City Walls
Bargate
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 7LP
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Catchcold Tower is also known as Prince Edward Tower after the Black Prince the eldest son of Edward III. Both were in Southampton in 1346 on route to fight the French at Crecy. The Tower was built around 1400 and is an early example of a tower with keyhole gun ports for canon to be fired from - maybe to catch the enemy cold?  Located south of the Arundel Tower in City Walls, Bargate, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7LP.

God's House Tower

0.90 miles to city centre

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Winkle
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 3AW
GB
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God’s House Tower provided formidable defence for the medieval town. The town gunner lived here and the town’s armoury of guns, powder and shot was stored at ground level. The guns were hauled up through the tower when needed. Keyhole shaped gun ports are visible around the building.  Beyond the wall you can still see where the town ditch ran down to the shore. A sluice gate there allowed the ditch to fill with water at high tide, to help defend the town. 

Holyrood Church

0.74 miles to city centre

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High Street
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 2NS
GB
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Holyrood Church, erected in 1320, was severely hit by bombing on 30th November 1940. As it was known as the Church of the Sailors, rather than being rebuilt it has instead become the Merchant Navy War Memorial. 

Mary Ann Rogers Stella Memorial

0.66 miles to city centre

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Western Esplanade
Southampton
Hampshire
SO151QJ
GB
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Mary Ann Rogers Stella Memorial opposite Mayflower Park is a small covered fountain memorial to the heroine of the Stella, a passenger steamer which hit the Casquets rocks west of Alderney on Maundy Thursday 1899 and sank almost immediately at the cost of 105 lives. Mary Ann Rogers, the senior stewardess aboard sacrificed her own life to save passengers from drowning. Western Esplanade, Southampton SO15 1QJ

St Michael’s Church

3.88 miles to city centre

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St Michael's St
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 2AD
GB
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St Michael’s Church is the oldest medieval building in Southampton, dating from 1070. It is dedicated to St Michael, patron saint of Normandy. It is the only church still active of the five originally located in the medieval walled town. The interior boasts many treasures, including a rare black Tournai marble font and two brass lecterns.The most famous tomb in the church is that of Richard Lyster, who was Lord Chief Justice to King Henry VIII and lived for part of his life at the nearby Tudor House. 

Statue of Dr Isaac Watts

0.30 miles to city centre

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Watts Park
Cumberland Place
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2GB
GB
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This statue of Dr Isaac Watts, born in Southampton in 1674, commemorates the important role he played in establishing the hymnal as a central part of Christian worship. Watts Park, Cumberland Pl, Southampton SO15 2BG,England