As one of England’s leading ports, Southampton is a city oozing with medieval heritage. Today, you can explore the old town walls soaking up the beauty of this historical city – take a look at the Jurys Inn’s guide to…Medieval Southampton for more information on top spots to explore. Aside from its rich history, this city offers a wide range of attractions, days out, and entertainment venues for you to discover, peruse below our Southampton city guide and plan your trip today.

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What's on in Southampton

16 November - 23 December
The Southampton Christmas Market features traditional Christmas music, a flying santa and his refindeer plus plenty of apline themed chalets!

24 January
In the Summer of 1620 the Mayflower was in Southampton for two weeks. Discover the Story of Southampton's Mayflower with a talk by SeeSouthampton guide Godfrey Collyer as he explains the important role the town played in the preparations for her voyage and the twelve critical events that took place in the Old Town.

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Best Bar: The Chilworth Arms offers a fantastic country pub, just ten minutes away from Jurys Inn. With a wide range of beers and wines to indulge in, this is the ideal spot to curl up with a drink away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The menu also has a range of delicious food to choose from.

Best Restaurant: Always popular with the locals, the Olive Tree (Oxford Street) offers a large selection of fresh homemade food. Inspired by many classic French bistro dishes, this restaurant offers a delightful dining experience.

Best Kept Secret: The New Forest National Park is Britain's smallest national park and is inhabited by a variety of wildlife, perfect for a day out exploring the countryside. Take a look at our Enchanted New Forest map and guide to plan a trip.

Mayflower Theatre

Offering magical evenings catered to all tastes and ages, the Mayflower Theatre is host to many spectacular shows. As the largest theatre in the South, there is always an array of performances from touring musicals (many direct from the West End), operas, and ballets to some of the biggest names in popular music and comedy.

The venue also offers pre/post theatre dining, with packages for theatre tickets, dinner, taxi, and overnight stay with breakfast available at Jurys Inn. This package can be booked online via the theatre’s site or by calling (+44) 2380 711824. Mayflower Theatre is a short ten-minute walk from our Southampton hotel.

O2 Guildhall Southampton

As the South’s largest multi-purpose entertainment venue, O2 Guildhall Southampton is the number one spot to see your favourite acts. The hall hosts a plethora of performances and stars from classic pop to indie rock, as well as offering hospitality services for your exhibition, banquet, or dinner dance!

Situated in the heart of the city centre, just an eight-minute walk from Jurys Inn hotel, and 10 minutes from the railway station, this impressive venue is ideal for catching a show during your stay.

Orange Rooms

Winners of Southampton's Best Bar Award, Orange Rooms is a fantastic retro themed bar, eatery & cocktail lounge. The decor and music transports you back in time as you enjoy great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a range of themed nights from Monday Night Blues Open Mic to Mixtape Fridays.

If you are looking to book a private event, preferential rates are available for Jurys Inn guests on request. Orange Rooms is a brief six-minute walk from our hotel.

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