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About Southampton

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Southampton is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire, England. It is 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 15 miles (24 km) west north-west of Portsmouth. Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the Rivers Test and Itchen with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area. The city, which is a unitary authority, has an estimated population of 253,651. The city's name is sometimes abbreviated in writing to "So'ton" or "Soton", and a resident of Southampton is called a Sotonian.

Archaeological finds suggest that the area has been inhabited since the stone age. Following the Roman invasion of Britain in A.D. 43 and the conquering of the local Britons in A.D. 70 the fortress settlement of Clausentum was established. It was an important trading port and defensive outpost of Winchester, at the site of modern Bitterne Manor


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Southampton Travel Links

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One of Southampton's great advantages is its convenient location on the south coast and impressive transport links. The city’s national and international travel links by road, rail, sea and air are unmatched in the region. 

Southampton is approximately 70 miles from London and 21 miles from the Channel ports making it the ideal city break or a stop off point for cruise and airline passengers on their way to further afield.

From the North, London and the Home Counties, the M3, M27 and A34 provide fast, direct road links into the city centre. The A36 is the major route from the West Country, Bristol and Wales. From the East, follow the A27/M27 and depart at Junction 8.



Taxi Firms in Southampton

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With so much to do within Southampton and the neighbouring towns and cities, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights and visit attractions.

Go-Mobility specialises in disabled requirements, call 02380 006090

New Forest Platinum Tours offer airport transfers, call 078019 00073

West Quay Cars, call 02380 999999



Hotels and Guest Houses in Southampton

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Southampton is a travel hub boasting an airport, railways, roads and, of course, the docks, as such it is no surprise that there is a large choice of accommodation available at various price points.

The charming Montagu Arms Hotel-
in the picturesque village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, is an idyllic 17th century house hotel offering 22 luxurious bedrooms and the award-winning Michelin star Terrace Restaurant. Perfect for romantic escapes and last-minute getaways, discover luxurious accommodation, timeless elegance and excellence in service.

Holiday Inn Southampton -
popular hotel in the heart of Southampton with great views of the waterfront.  All rooms have individual air conditioning, free wireless internet access, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Very comfy beds for a great night's rest with a choice of hard or soft pillows, wake to an invigorating power shower. Parking at the hotel, Meeting Rooms, Banqueting Facilities, Weddings and Social functions, Stay & Cruise Packages available to suit. For great family days out, visit Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig, The New Forest or take a trip to Isle of Wight.


The Grand Harbour Hotel is conveniently located in the city centre of Southampton and is easily accessible by road, rail, sea and air. The 173 bedroomed, conference hotel, is one of the largest on the South Coast. Guests can enjoy use of the leisure facilities including swimming pool and gym, and have the choice of a bar or restaurant to relax and dine in.


Places to Get Married in Southampton

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Southampton and the surrounding area (including the New Forest) have a host of beautiful venues that could be perfect for your wedding party.

The Vestry is one of the most historic and unique venues in Southampton.  Built in 1846 from the classical Normandy style this magical and historical destination is available for both your ceremony and wedding reception.

The Mercure Southampton Dolphin Hotel is in the city centre of Southampton’s old town where it has stood for over 600 years, what could be more sublime than their Jane Austen Suite as the perfect backdrop for your special day. With carefully selected menus for your wedding reception, The Dolphin Hotel is the ideal choice as your Hampshire wedding venue.

Best Western Chilworth Manor is the answer to your dreams. Picture the scene: sweeping up a rhododendron and tree lined drive to an Edwardian Manor House, drawing up in front of the double oak doors before you walk into the splendid galleried lounge with its paneled walls, open fireplace and the grand staircase leading to the Minstrel's Gallery.

If you can't find the perfect venue, contact DarkStar Discos, the Southampton marquee hire experts.



Event Planning in Southampton

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Complete your event in Southampton with DarkStar Discos, the Southampton marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Southampton marquee hire experts.



Top Restaurants in Southampton

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With spectacular panoramic views across Ocean Village Marina, The Jetty Restaurant concept has landed in Southampton expect the finest, local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. A great place to gather with friends, open a bottle of wine and enjoy.

 Situated in the heart of Botley, the Brewery Bar offers a fun and friendly atmosphere whether it be at the end of a busy day at work or at leisure, a weekend escape or an evening out with friends or family.

Popsi's, in the centre of Southampton, specialises in freshly handcrafted Pizza's baked in a traditional stone-built oven using the best of British and Italian ingredients.



Top Things to do in Southampton

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The city is home to the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in England, as well as a number of museums such as Tudor House Museum, reopened on 30 July 2011 after undergoing extensive restoration and improvement; Southampton Maritime Museum; God's House Tower, an archaeology museum about the city's heritage and located in one of the tower walls; the Medieval Merchant's House; and Solent Sky, which focuses on aviation. The Sea City Museum is located in the west wing of the civic centre, formerly occupied by Hampshire Constabulary and the Magistrates' Court, and focuses on Southampton's trading history and on the RMS Titanic. The museum received half a million pounds from the National Lottery in addition to interest from numerous private investors and is budgeted at £28 million.


The annual Southampton Boat Show is held in September each year, with over 600 exhibitors present.] It runs for just over a week at Mayflower Park on the city's waterfront, where it has been held since 1968. The Boat Show itself is the climax of Sea City, which runs from April to September each year to celebrate Southampton's links with the sea.


The largest theatre in the city is the 2,300-capacity Mayflower Theatre (formerly known as the Gaumont), which, as the largest theatre in Southern England outside London, has hosted West End shows such as Les Misérables, The Rocky Horror Show and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as regular visits from Welsh National Opera and English National Ballet. There is also the Nuffield Theatre based at the University of Southampton's Highfield campus, which is the city's primary producing theatre. It was awarded The Stage Award for Best Regional Theatre in 2015. It also hosts touring companies and local performing societies (such as Southampton Operatic Society, the Maskers and the University Players).


If you are feeling more active, try the classic and original Go Ape experience. They'll brief you for safety before you fly down their zip-wires, leap off their Tarzan Swing and tackle their crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain's most breath-taking scenery. Swinging through the canopy, wiping out at the bottom of zip wires and going on an adventure brings the family together like nothing else! It's for anyone who likes to live life adventurously - you don't have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience!


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Southampton Today

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Whether you are visiting the city for the first time, on a return visit, on business with a few hours to spare, or you're a resident wanting to find out more about the city, Southampton guarantees an enjoyable experience for everyone, of all ages and interests.

Known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton plays host to over four million visitors a year and boasts an impressive cultural offering, from museums, music venues and art galleries, to award-winning parks and the general hustle and bustle of a diverse city with fantastic shopping facilities.

For the ultimate event, contact DarkStar Discos, the Southampton marquee hire experts.



party venues berkshire - Social Tent


Up to 50

This amazing marquee will seat 40 in comfort for dinner or allow 50 people to throw shapes until dawn! There is ample room for a bar and DJ!


party venues hampshire - Gathering Tent


Up to 100

For a larger event, our 18-metre diameter Black Darkstar is the ultimate funky tent! It is designed to function as a nightclub during the day with black-out walls


party venues surrey - Epic Party Tent


Up to 150

When you really need to push the boat out for those important landmark events, we suggest the Ultimate Darkstar – that’s both tents used together!


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