Southampton Olde Towne

Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
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Trip End Mar 02, 2010


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The Cledwyn's

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Friday, February 5, 2010

So we caught the train on time and were on our way to Southampton. The journey was about 2 hours, and passed some nice scenery along the way but nothing particularly fantastic. Along the way, we were trying to get hold of the people we were staying with, but there was no answer at home. We finally arrived in town, still not having been able to contact them, and so decided to make our way down to the city centre where we could hopefully find a tourist cente and some information.

Soon after catching the bus down into town, we managed to get in contact with Sue who said she could come and pick us up in about an hour and a half. We then found the info centre and got a map, but there is nowhere in town to leave bags so we had to take them with us. We stopped for a toilet break at Hungry Jacks, then walked down to the old town which appeared to be the most interesting part of the city. Ringed around the old town is the remnants of the old city wall, at the front of which still stands the main gate. We took a few photos and then roamed through the small market stalls set up around the gate.

From here we headed up the street and came to the ruins of a church. I think the church caught alight during an air raid in the war, and there was a plaque dedicated to a group of people that died trying to save it from destruction. There was also a memorial to the crew lost on board the titanic which departed from Southampton. Further along still we came to an old looking building which was apparently an old merchants house. Unfortunately it wasn't open though, so all we could do was look around the outside.

At the bottom of the road we came to the harbour and the back walls of the old town, which had a few old building ruins connected to them as well. We took a few photos and walked right down to the banks to see the boats and things out in the harbour. There was a sign pointing to an old tudor house, so I ran up to see if it was open but unfortunately its being renovated so was closed as well. We then walked back up another road and made it back to the gate a little early, so we got some drinks from Starbucks and waited for our lift.
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