10 Southampton places you NEED to visit

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While studying in Southampton, you have the perfect opportunity to explore a new city. After visiting the outlets that you have on your doorstep at the Students’ Union, you may want to branch out further afield. From the weird to the wonderful, here are some of the quirkier places to visit that you may not have come across before…

Southampton Reptile

Centre for snakes, geckos, chameleons…you name it! This UK exotic animal centre even sells the reptiles too. That python could make a perfect house pet – or not!

Opening times; Mon-Sat: 9:30-6pm Sunday: 10:30-4pm

12-14 Deacon Road, Southampton, SO19 7PZ. | Tel. 02380 443641


Alpine Snowsports Southampton

The 110 metre slope supports a relaxed atmosphere, bringing together people of all ages and abilities.

Opening times; Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm. Sat: 9am-7pm. Sun: 11am-7pm.

Thornhill Road, Basset, Southampton, SO16 7AY

Prices: 1hr discovery session = £10

2hr practice session = £17 or, if you become a member of Sports and Wellbeing, you can get this for free!

1hr donutting rings = £12


Go Ape

Tucked away in 440 acres of beautiful woodland and meadows close to the River Itchen, Go Ape Southampton is a great day out! Award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire to finish.

Opening times: Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm

Prices: Treetop adventure = £33 per person

Forest Segway = £35 p.p

Zip trekking = £45 p.p.

Go Ape Southampton, Itchen Valley Country Park, Allington Lane, Southampton, SO30 3HQ


John Hansard Gallery

If you’re more of a culture vulture, you can view some work from some of the most prestigious contemporary artists from across the world right on your doostep at the University’s John Hansard Gallery. Consisting of five exhibition every year, you can experience something new every visit.

Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 5pm, Saturday: 11am to 4pm
Free Admission

John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ


Talking Heads

Known for its open mic nights, comedy and eclectic mix of music, this is destined to be a great evening. It’s only in Porstwood too so no travelling excuse!

Opening times: Mon-Sat: 6pm-11:30pm, Sun 2pm-10:30pm

The Talking Heads, 16-22, the Polygon, Southampton, SO15 2BN


The Alex (Pub)

This pub is like no other….cult film memorabilia, Star Wars / Game of Thrones cocktails, retro gaming

(Game Cubes etc) and live music and all be found in the Alex.

Opening times: Mon-Thu: 5pm – 11pm Friday: 11am – 1am Saturday: 12pm – 1am Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

6 Bellevue Road, Southampton, SO15 2AY


Union Films (Students’ Union Cinema)

Located on the second level of the SUSU building (42) the 320 seat cinema is a great way to

watch new films without the massive price tag. Amazing convenience since being located on

campus, there are even free film screenings (often on Thursdays).

Price: £3 per film


Chalk Valley

Chalk Valley is a new concept in fast casual dining. It is an artisan steak and burger bar with huge ethical policies. For example 100% of its beef is grass-fed and it sources locally to avoid a higher carbon footprint.

37 London Road, Southampton, SO15 2AD number: 02380517114

Monday – Thu: 11:30am-10pm Fri: 11:30am-11pm Sat 10am-11pm Sun: 10am-10pm


River Itchen Bridge

Take a stroll on the bridge over the 28 mile long chalk river and look at the beautiful views either side. The River Itchen is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), which proves that this is an ecologically diverse area one needs to experience. This bridge can be found on the A3025 road (Southwest Southampton) and is free to pass for pedestrians.


The only beach in Southampton

Weston Shore is the only beach in Southampton and in those rare sunny days who wouldn’t want to hit the Southampton beach! Although it’s a shingle beach rather than sand, it means there’s less mess afterwards and no sandy sandwiches!

Location: SO19 9DX

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