Medieval Walls of Southampton
The medieval walls of Southampton date back to 1290 and were built in stages over the subsequent 300 years. They are some of the most complete walls in the country.
Southampton city walls were over a mile in circumference and included eight gates and twenty-nine towers.
Half of the walls remain as do thirteen of the towers.
Our tour will take you along parts of the walls, up the highest tower and through the labyrinth of back streets to take in some of the sights plotting the history of the city.
The Grade 1 listed church of St Michaels dated from 1070 and is still active today. The Tudor House that started life in the 12th century is a museum in it’s own right.
Discover the Catchcold tower and retrace the steps of the Pilgrim fathers that left the port on the Mayflower in 1620 to discover and settle in America.
March through the Westgate in the footsteps of Henry V and his army on route to the Battle of Agincourt
For more recent history visit the wall were American Servicemen carved their names onto a wall before leaving the city for the Normandy Landings in 1944
Interspersed throughout the tour learn about the murders and violence over 500 years that are threaded through this ancient city.
Perhaps there will be time to visit the 14th century Wool House?
Once used as a store to ship wool to Italy and then for Napoleonic Prisoners of war it has now been converted into a Micro-Brewery. Something to eat or drink?