Southampton Town Walls
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  • Gerry A
    Deal, United Kingdom41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not well advertised or signposted - kept almost like a secret
    The old town walls and buildings of Southampton require considerable pre-research to get a reasonable route and there is little to no explanation of the remains. However, anyone interested in the ancient and medieval beginings and history of Southampton would be fascinated and a walk of the old walls from the Bargate (the best preserved City gate in England) to the Friary Reredos at the back of God's Tower is only just over 1 mile with plenty of places to stop en route. Shame Southampton Council don't make more of it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Seaside56618776513
    Greater Sydney, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Surprise in Southampton
    A huge surprise. Having visited Southampton many times, to visit friends as well as to disembark from ships, this was the first time we'd stayed overnight at the docks. The old town is fascinating, a substantial part of the town walls are still intact and the buildings around the wall area are a mix of medieval and Tudor. It's very impressive and right beside a ginormous shopping complex including Ikea. The 'new' High Street is also more interesting than the glitzy shopping centre and the closer you walk towards the old town, the nicer the street becomes.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • dan j
    Port Coquitlam, Canada732 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Save the Wall
    There are many sections of the old town wall found throughout the city as you are exploring. Some are archways and clocks and some are large sections of the wall still intact. It is great to see that they try to keep as much of the walls as they can.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD2,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Interesting end of town, rich in history, rich in history for sure, can walk along or on top at different areas, easy walkable from cruise port. Definitely worth a look & explore around it.
Written 8 December 2023
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dan j
Port Coquitlam, Canada732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
There are many sections of the old town wall found throughout the city as you are exploring. Some are archways and clocks and some are large sections of the wall still intact. It is great to see that they try to keep as much of the walls as they can.
Written 10 November 2023
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Annie M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
It was my 1st visit in 25 years so I started in the city center. It's amazing how it was a walled city. Worth a visit!
Written 7 September 2023
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Seaside56618776513
Greater Sydney, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A huge surprise. Having visited Southampton many times, to visit friends as well as to disembark from ships, this was the first time we'd stayed overnight at the docks. The old town is fascinating, a substantial part of the town walls are still intact and the buildings around the wall area are a mix of medieval and Tudor. It's very impressive and right beside a ginormous shopping complex including Ikea. The 'new' High Street is also more interesting than the glitzy shopping centre and the closer you walk towards the old town, the nicer the street becomes.
Written 2 August 2023
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HawaiiSeaDog
Hawaii4,053 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We were staying in the Leonardo Royal Hotel which is very close to this wall so it was very easy to walk by and enjoy the ruins.
Written 31 July 2023
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We were staying at Holiday Inn pre-cruise so went to explore around. We were surprised to see very intact town walk stretching quite far. Great tourist attraction.
Written 23 July 2023
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The Places Where We Go Podcast
Simi Valley, CA985 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We walked from our hotel to the area of the city walls. We enjoyed stepping into the stone ruins - wonderful places to take photographs. During our time exploring this area, we started to notice several young boys and men who gave us an uncomfortable feeling. We clearly looked as tourists in the area, hoisting our GoPro and iPhones for photos. Next, it seemed we were being followed.

We turned one corner to explore the city walls in a sidestreet area. Turning our heads - there were now two young adult males keeping their distance behind us but seemingly following our steps. Back out to the main street, we thought that might be safer - more city walls exploration, but another look back and guess who isn’t too far behind us. We started to realize we were being followed - maybe for an attempt to rob for money, photography equipment - who knows.

With our spidey senses up, we walked faster to get into a more crowded environment. Even once we made out it to the bustling shopping street now several blocks away - guess who was still there. Finally, we ducked into a pharmacy store - planned, as we needed shampoo and tylenol for the trip. And with police now patrolling the area, we finally seemed to be clear of the men who were making our experience of Southampton a bit nervous.

Southampton - perhaps being a cruise port, presented us with a sense of watching our backs - something we haven’t sensed in our preceding week exploring the greater London area. Would be thiefs know that tourists are often coming into this city for just a few hours - easy targets perhaps. Luckily, we were not targets today. One takeaway and message from our experience - be aware of your surroundings when traveling.
Written 27 June 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We saw remnants of the walls in various spots around town, some in the middle of downtown, some by the port. It's what is left from an ancient time when the walls were needed for defense. Now history.
Written 19 May 2023
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Gerry A
Deal, UK41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The old town walls and buildings of Southampton require considerable pre-research to get a reasonable route and there is little to no explanation of the remains. However, anyone interested in the ancient and medieval beginings and history of Southampton would be fascinated and a walk of the old walls from the Bargate (the best preserved City gate in England) to the Friary Reredos at the back of God's Tower is only just over 1 mile with plenty of places to stop en route. Shame Southampton Council don't make more of it.
Written 9 May 2023
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Joe C
Portsmouth, UK46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
You can walk along and view most of the walls for free anytime - they are in open public spaces. A few sections of the walls are gated, which may be closed at certain times, but still free access otherwise. Some of the towers and buildings along the route do charge for entry, but that's optional. There are guided tours available too - but there is a lot to see just exploring the old walls and reading the useful information provided. There is a good hour's worth of exploration walking all the way along - surprisingly good.
Written 2 October 2022
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