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Shopping in Southampton

Shopping in Southampton offers a wide range of experiences.

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The huge WestQuay Southampton mall on Portland Terrace contains over 90 stores, including many major high-street names. Nearby Marlands Mall also has a fine mix of niche and high-street retailers, and there's the small Bargate Centre, off the High Street on East Street.

For more traditional shops and specialist stores, head to East Street, Bedford Place and Above Bar Street.

Markets

At the Bargate Market Place, there are a number of regular and speciality markets. The Friday Market is open 0900-1700 with over 90 attractive continental-type stalls selling all kinds of high-quality food items. Hampshire Farmers Markets take place here one Saturday every month from 1000-1400. There are also specialised Saturdays every month: Art & Design Craft on the first Saturday, followed by a World Market on the second and fourth Saturdays, and a Farmer's Market on the third Saturday.

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Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

This large chain hotel has clearly spent a lot of time agonising over the finer details, including individually designed headboards created by artists in each of the 65 rooms. The buildings date from 1790 and 1890, and Jane Austen attended a ball in the hotel's Assembly rooms on her 18th birthday. A hotel with genuine character.

Premier Inn Southampton City Centre

A neat, clean and comfortable budget option well placed for exploring the city. It might not be the most exciting place to stay in Southampton, but if your priorities are location and price then this central Premier Inn can't be beaten.

Jury Inn

Book early to get the best prices at this city centre hotel, which overlooks East Park and is within walking distance of the main rail station. With 270 rooms, Jury Inn is the largest hotel in the city. Plus points include flatscreen TVs and supremely comfortable beds in all rooms, as well as free Wi-Fi.

Novotel Southampton

This hotel has a central location near the main railway station and West Quay shopping centre. It has 121 rooms, including four for disabled guests, and there is a swimming pool with exercise area and a sauna. Wi-Fi access is available. The hotel has a bar and restaurant.

The Mayfair Guest House

Most of Southampton's best budget options are chain hotels, but this neat little guesthouse is a nice exception. Set in an elegant Edwardian building, it owes its excellent reputation to warm service, a cosy lounge area with free Wi-Fi and award-winning breakfasts based on locally sourced ingredients.

Grand Harbour Hotel

Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Louvre, this iconic hotel stands out both for its architectural style and for its facilities. Many of the 173 rooms have sea views, there are suites with Jacuzzi baths and double balconies for luxury lovers, and the in-house fitness centre has a state-of-the-art gym and a pool as well as several therapy rooms.