Southampton is unique in that its city centre includes a number of parks which allow residents and visitors to walk through the city along tree lined pathways and green vistas.
In 2013 Southampton’s Central Parks were relisted as Grade II, a decision which reflects their national importance.
The parks are important historically having roots in the Saxon town that predates modern Southampton as well as containing a number of monuments and art works.
The parks were designed and laid out on the middle of the 19th century with the intention of providing a green space for leisure and also lungs for the city. The plan was to enable Southampton to retain its pleasant ambience of the Spa Period at a time when the railways and the docks were transforming and industrialising the town.
A most pleasant treat at any time of the year is to enter Houndwell Park from Hanover Buildings and walk along the Lime Avenue into Palmerston Park and then on into Andrews Park, a distance of about half a mile. Along the way passing numerous monuments of important Southampton men whose industry and enterprise contributed to the growth and fortune of Victorian Southampton. In the north west corner of Andrews Park is the monument to the engineers of the Titanic and across the street the War Memorial designed by Lutyens which provided the prototype for the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
A 90 minute guided tour of the parks is available and further information can be found on the Walks page of this website.