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Two Hours Before the Match in Southampton

It’s game day in Southampton and you’ve arrived in the city with a couple of hours to spare before kick-off.

Why not make the most of your time in this historic city with a wander down its bustling central spine. Also known as the QE2 mile, this self-guided walk begins at the top of Above Bar street and works it's way down south into Southampton's Old Town. If you’re arriving by train, Above Bar Street is just a quick walk up from the station. Take a look at our map below to get your bearings!

Southampton Bargate on a summer's day

On route, you will find an exciting mix of familiar retail brands, independent stores and food and drink galore, such as JD Sports, Dr Martens, Costa, Stein Garten, and The Standing Order.

If you're looking to weave a bit of sport into your evening, challenge your mates to some axe throwing by visiting Axeology or Boom Battle Bar or head down to East Street for an hour of free-play amusements at High Score Arcade.

Don't miss your chance to walk through the historic Bargate – the iconic symbol of Southampton for more than 800 years and the entrance to the city’s Old Town.

Stein Garten

Continue down the High Street, into the Old Town and past the ruins of Holyrood Church, which have been preserved as a memorial to the damage the city suffered during the bombings of WW2.

Just past the church, you will find the black and white frontage of The Red Lion pub. Pop inside for a pre-match pint and bite to eat, while absorbing the atmosphere enjoyed by its famous visitors, including King Henry V, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Queen Victoria and Lord Nelson as well as the Pilgrim Fathers and the crew of the Titanic.

Nearby there is also the popular Stein Garten which is a lively German beer hall offering a wide range of beers and spirits in addition to their mouthwatering bratwurst and schnitzel.

From here, St Mary’s Stadium is just a 20-minute walk or short taxi ride away.

More to discover

Interior seating area of Orange rooms

Looking for a place to go for post game celebrations? Why not head to Trilogy, Orange RoomsBrave, or Buddha Lounge in and around Bedford Place and Carlton Place for some drinks and music. Discover more ways to Light Up your SOcial life here.

QE2 Mile map

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