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SeeSouthampton – The home of Southampton’s most recently established tour guiding group for individuals and visiting groups, with innovative and active guides who are committed to showing you the very best of Southampton. Experience tour guiding at its best, with qualified English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese speaking guides.

Southampton has a tremendous amount of Hidden History that is told in a wide variety of our walks and talks that SeeSouthampton offer. We believe that taking part in a walking tour should not only be enlightening, but also entertaining and remembered as a highlight to your visit in Southampton.

Below is a selection of the SeeSouthampton walks and places of interest. We accept pre-bookings for groups from as small as 6 adults

  • Southampton’s Hidden History
  • The Titanic Trail
  • Story of The Mayflower
  • Group Tours of SeaCity Museum
  • The iconic Bargate and Holyrood Church
  • A trip on the largest working steam ship in Britain – SS Shieldhall
  • The home of the Spitfire and Flying Boat
  • and of course the stunning walks through the parks with their historical monuments
    …not forgetting the medieval streets and buzzing shopping precinct

We hope that you enjoy browsing our various webpages which hold event calendar details, a concise A – Z of Southampton as well as interesting blogs written by our own guides. SeeSouthampton offer a wide range of tourist associated services such as a foreign speaking Welcome desk at the Cruise Terminals, Meet and Greet at Southampton Airport and Ports and chauffer driven bespoke tours. All SeeSouthampton tour guides are fully insured and qualified members of the Institute of Tourist Guides

SeeSouthampton looks forward to meeting and greeting you in Southampton – more history than you ever imagined

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We have a dedicated Team of foreign speaking guides who “Meet & Greet” directly in the Cruise Terminals

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All our theme walks can be individually booked to suit your schedule and interests

The Western Walls & The Vaults Joy To the World 1.30pm

SEE Southampton's popular Western Walls and Vaults Walk described below will link to the Festive season! 'Joy To the World! A walk through the Christmas Past of Southampton, exploring the Vaults and Western Walls, recounting tales of yesteryear referencing historical characters, events and songs.'

A stroll around the ancient Western walls of the City, and an exploration of the town area inland to the High Street, including at least two of the medieval vaults.

From about 1100, Southampton was a walled city, the walls being finally completed in the 1300s. Starting from the Bargate, we visit sections of the North and West walls, and many parts of the old city, including its oldest Church, St Michael’s.
Our route enables us to include many famous aspects of the city’s varied history.
Places associated with Jane Austen are visited, and the City’s Spa Period from 1750-1830 is described. The Mayflower and Speedwell departed from Southampton. Therefore important locations associated with the Pilgrim Fathers are also visited The City’s important maritime and commercial history is also described as is its role in conflicts from the Battle of Agincourt through to the Normandy Landings on D-Day. This includes a visit to the unique American Wall.

Tours depart the statues of the Lions at the north side of the Bargate, on Saturdays and Sundays at 1.30 pm from 1st October to 31st March.
Cost £6, accompanied children under 16 free.

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The Shadow Factory

A supporting event to “THE SHADOW FACTORY ” at Nuffield Southampton Theaters City 30th  January to 2nd March 2019. (you are NOT booking tickets for the Theater event)

Walk on the Woolston side, home of the spitfire and special “Shadow Factories” Walk

The Supermarine Spitfire is an aviation icon. It combines grace, beauty, raw power and staggering performance. It is arguably the best fighter aircraft ever created with a huge 20,000 plus production run. The Spitfire was in RAF service from her first flight on 5th March 1936 until 1952 and remained in service with foreign Air Forces long past that date.

Created by the brilliant Reginald Mitchell and his team of designers and craftsmen on the banks of the River Itchen at Woolston, this originally private design, needed production on a scale impossible at the Woolston Supermarine works. A shadow factory was, therefore, built at Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands to produce initially the Spitfire MK2. However, 8,000 Spitfires of various MKs were built at Woolston and after the complete destruction of the Supermarine factory by the Luftwaffe in September 1940, in over 28 different, dispersed locations in Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Not much remains of the original Woolston works as the foundations of the 1977 Itchen Bridge occupy that space but you will see the flying boat ramp which is still there plus the original molding loft where two full sized Spitfires were built out of wood to enable modifications to be tested.

Itchen Ferry Village and its memorial are next. This fishing village was destroyed in the Supermarine air raids with the loss of many lives. This deeply affected the families living there.

Our walk takes us on a 90-minute tour starting at Woolston Millenium Garden, Bridge Road, SO19 9RH walking the surviving locations, including the rebuilt Itchen Flying Boats works also destroyed in 1940. Still in use as a packing factory there is an original part of the old plant visible.
We look at the remains of the air raid shelters where the victims of a direct hit still lie buried before walking up to Peartree Green where residents watched the town burn at the end of November 1940. You will visit Peartree Green Church, the first Anglican Church built in England after the reformation. You will also hear the story of Richard Parker, a victim of the last known act of cannibalism on the high seas, whose remains are buried here.
Walking along Defender Road, so named after the bombed buildings were used for street fighting practice before D-Day and we pass over the site of the camp of Viking King Olaf I

From here he could look down on the hapless Anglo Saxons in Hamwic Town.

We return to our starting point at the Millennium Gardens via a pedestrian railway footbridge, once the site of a 40mm Bofors gun emplacement.

This walk works well with a visit to SOLENT SKY aircraft museum either in the morning or afternoon, together with a walk or one stop bus ride over the Itchen Bridge.

SHADOW FACTORIES WALK To compliment the brilliant NST “Shadow Factory” Production at the CITY Theatre the walk explores in detail the events around the First and second dispersal schemes and ends at the remains of Itchen Ferry Village followed by a walk back to the start point and the main car park 

The walk taken by Geoffrey Wheeler a Southampton Green Badge Guide, Woolston Born in 1945 and resident and colleagues is arranged by SEE SOUTHAMPTON tour Guides and costs £6.00 per

Adult PAY ON THE DAY! Children and Teenagers free.
For further information SEESOUTHAMPTON FACEBOOK PAGE, Email geoffrey@seesouthampton.co.uk or call Geoff on 07500 330410.

Those with personal or family memories of this time especially welcome!

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