Two Hours Before the Match

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. If you’re arriving by train it’s a 20-minute walk from the station, or just five minutes by bus or taxi.

As well as an exciting mix of familiar retail brands, independent stores and food and drink galore, you can walk right through the historic Bargate – the iconic symbol of Southampton for more than 800 years and the entrance to the city’s Old Town.

Holyrood Church

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.

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

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