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Days Out in Southampton!

Southampton has a lot to offer!

There are so many attractions in Southampton that it can be hard to decide where to go. Do you take the family shopping? Take them to a Country Park, or the Zoo?

Here is a list of Southampton's top attractions, we are sure that you will find something that the whole family will enjoy!

Marwell Zoo

1. Marwell Zoo

A visit to Marwell Zoo is a chance to get up close and personal to the wonders of the natural world. Just by coming to Marwell Zoo, you are helping to preserve endangered species across the globe.

Marwell has a menagerie of animals, with everything from tigers, camels, bats, cheetahs, hippos, lizards and zebra to giraffes, wallabies and monkeys!

Throughout the park there are three large play areas, countless ice cream stands, café’s and you can even catch a free train ride! If that’s not enough then you can visit Marwell House, a beautiful building, covered in flowers and set in a stunning garden. It’s the perfect place for a picnic!

West Quay

2. West Quay

West Quay is a modern fashion paradise!

West Quay is full of high-street brands, designer brands, gadgets and technology, accessories, music, cafes and even a huge food court with eateries including Wagamama, McDonalds, Café Rouge Express, Chicago Rib Shack, Sushi Bar, Pizza Express and the brand new American styled restaurant, Ed’s Easy Diner!

On West Quay's ground floor you can find a selection of tasty treats. There's a Millie's Cookie, which sell delicious muffins, cakes and cookies, and there's Dream Cupcake, which sell scrumptious cupcakes covered in sweets and chocolate. It's every cake-lovers dream come true!

With so many fashion outlets there’s something for everyone!

Thorpe Park

3. Thorpe Park

You have to take a trip to the Nation’s Thrill Capital!

Full of action packed rides and screaming rollercoasters, Thorpe Park is one of the best theme parks in the South of England!

New to 2013, The Swarm is taking over the park. This gut-wrenching roller-coaster might leave you gasping for breath, but you will definitely want to go back for more!

Throughout the park you will find attractions for all ages, including water float rides, tea cups, banana rides, loop rollercoasters, scary rollercoasters, like SAW and much more! There are also dozens of food outlets that sell everything from three course meals to ice cream, doughnuts, slush puppies and drinks.

Thorpe Park – A great day out for all the family!

Mayflower Thatre

4. Mayflower Theatre

The Mayflower is a brilliant charity that hosts a wide variety of performances all year round.

Shows include dance performances, musicals, operas, gigs, live comedy and dramatic theatre performances. There’s always something on that is bound to entertain and delight!

You can watch all of the classics come to life on the Mayflower’s stage, and you can see brand new acts too!

The Mayflower provides the perfect opportunity to get together with the family.

SeaCity Museum

5. SeaCity Museum

Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages.

At the SeaCity Museum you can lose yourself in the past and see how it has shaped our present and will continue to contribute towards our futures.

Royal Victoria Country Park

6. Royal Victoria Country Park

The Royal Victoria Country Park is a country park in Netley, Hampshire, England, by the shores of Southampton Water. It comprises 200 acres of mature woodland and grassy parkland, as well as a small shingle beach.

The Royal Victoria Country Park has so much to offer. From country walks and nature trails, a miniature railway, story trails, tower tours and children’s play areas to a heritage visitor centre; this Country Park has lots of fun activities and facilities to keep you entertained.

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