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“Pleasant walks” 4 of 5 stars
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The Common
The Avenue, Southampton, England
44 2380 833605
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Ranked #12 of 68 attractions in Southampton
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Owner description: This 327-acre wide-open green space in the heart of Southampton is a designated "Site of Special Scientific Interest" and an excellent venue for picnicking, walking and watching wildlife.
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant walks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Whilst not exactly being an attraction in the true meaning of the word this vast open space is ideal for walking and for children to play on. There is an ornamental lake and also paddling pool which is great for children. Recently a café area has opened which is perfect for refreshments. On bank holidays you will find a fairground attraction which is usually packed. If you are looking to spend a few hours walking about or just lazing in the sun then this would be ideal.

Visited July 2013
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“The Common”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The common is a lovely huge open area outside Southampton city with large flat grassy areas surrounded by woodland. It is great for jogging, cycling, dog walking and barbequeing. There's a lovely little cafe adjacent to the wildlife center which has toilets which they don't seem to mind non-customers using. On the south side there is the Cowherds pub/restaurant which serves incredible food. There are also a few lakes/ponds and a lot of seating areas. The only downside is that it wouldn't be recommended to walk through it at night- after dark you often get a fair few unusual characters around. I've never had any problems in the day time though!

Visited July 2013
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“A under used asset of Southampton”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A lovely public area to walk, jog, cycle, and have a family/friends get together.
In the summer months the common is well used by the public to do all of the above, but in the winter months it's more for the hardened walker, jogger, and cyclists. Many dog walkers too, so mind where you step, not every dog owner is responsible!.
There is plenty of free parking close by, and the main pub on the common "The Cowherds" is always busy with nice food on offer.
There are local events held on Southampton common, but i still feel its such a lovely asset to the city, it deserves more money spent on it to make this lovely open area more attractive to visitors to this maritime city.

Visited July 2013
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“The Southampton Common”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A must visit, great for dog walking, fishing, picnics and even has a paddling pool which is enclosed, for children open during the summer. There are 2 pubs at opposite sides of the common whom both provide food.

Visited July 2013
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“Let the kids run riot !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Common is a nice place to wander around although wouldn't recommend it after dusk and definitely not after dark ! Splash pool for the kids and enough space for them to run around and tire themselves out ! Also VERY handy - The Cowherds pub right by the Common does an excellent lunch or if you fancy a pint - so good for a Sunday morning "exercise" ! Some times the Cowherds gets VERY busy so best to see if you can book - they do probably one of the best lunches in Southampton !

Visited August 2012
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