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The Central Parks are the five parks located behind the Above Bar Street shopping area in the city. They are home to notable monuments like the Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial and the Cenotaph. Facilities include tennis, bowls and putting. Rare and old trees can also be viewed on special Tree Walks. Leaflets and further information may be obtained from the Leisure and Visitor Centre (The). The parks are included in English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest and were developed during the 19th Century from common land previously farmed by medieval citizens. For more details, call ahead on +0800 519 1919
Once an ancient field, today home to West (Watts) Park, East (Andrews) Park, Palmerston Park, Houndwell Park and Hoglands Park. These lovely old parks are full of great places to sit, think, watch and rest. You can enjoy colorful flowers from spring to autumn, and free guided tours are offered throughout the year, including walks like Central Parks, Summer Trees, Summer Bedding and Autumn Walk. The money is going towards features like a Victorian bandstand.
This large complex was the first building of its type to be called a Civic Centre. Designed by Mr E Berry Webber, with foundation stone laid in 1930, it was built on the site of the West Marlands leper colony. The Law Courts moved here in 1933 and it is also home to the Guildhall, the Library and the Reference Library, which contains stacks of local information. The City Art Gallery, one of the best in Europe, opened in 1939 and the excellent Fountains Café can also be found on the premises. Call ahead for more details.
If you are visiting Southampton, The Leisure and Visitor Centre should be your first port of call. The staff will book your accommodation for you and generally help out with any queries you may have. You can pick up leaflets that are free of charge and contain up-to-date information on all the attractions in the area. You can also buy souvenirs and mementos of the city. Maps and books about the region are available from the bookshop.
P&O Cruises make exploring the world fun. Whether it is the European cruise or the Caribbean, guests are treated to a luxurious stay onboard their vessels, the Oceana, the Arcadia, and the Artemis. You can also opt for a package, depending upon whether you're looking for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a historical sojourn. Special voyages of 103 nights are also available for those who want to travel the whole world by water. Call for schedules and packages.
This memorial opposite Mayflower Park commemorates the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers in the Mayflower and the Speedwell from Southampton in August 1620. It was unveiled in 1913 and features a copper replica of the Mayflower plus plaques commemorating both the pilgrims and the two million US troops who left Southampton during World War II more than 300 years later. If you can officially trace your ancestry back to the pilgrims, you can have a plaque added to the memorial.
St Joseph's is the oldest church in Southampton, dating from the 1800s. It is a good place to discover the maritime history of the city as the parish it used to serve consisted mainly of sailors, dock workers and other seafaring trades. The church buildings once housed the Stella Maris club, a spiritual, social and welfare organization for mariners and their families. It was a well known drinking club and drop-in point for sailors from all over the world. The church itself has some interesting features, such as the altar and the Gothic vaulted ceiling. It also houses the Titanic Restaurant Memorial (The).
This memorial honors the memory of the large number of crew members from Southampton who were on the Titanic. Most of them were Catholic and came from the parish of St Joseph's. The memorial is in the form of a table with an inscribed plaque and was donated by the Stella Maris Club, which at that time looked after the spiritual and pastoral well-being of its nautical parishioners. On 15th April, 1972, the Steward's Memorial Fountain was relocated in the Holyrood Church after years of neglect.
This memorial honors the memory of local officers, who served as engineers on the Titanic and were lost in the disaster. Erected by their fellow engineers and friends, it pays tribute to their high conception of their duty and their heroism for remaining at their posts as the ship went down. The memorial depicts an angel standing at the bow of a ship and lists the names of those lost. It sits at the cusp of East Park and can be viewed from above Bar Street.
This vast leisure complex provides a world of entertainment options, including the nightclubs Ikon & Diva, the live entertainment bar Jumping Jaks and a casino, plus bars and restaurants such as Ask Pizza, not to mention a 13-screen Odeon Cinema. Moored to the west of Southampton city center, near the docks, it was built in the late 1990s with a £27 million investment by the Rank Organization and attracts, on average, 40,000 visitors a week.