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“A great place for dogs”
Review of The Common

The Common
Ranked #8 of 130 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
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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, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“A great place for dogs”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

I go to the common nearly every day with my dog Frankie. It is a lovely green space which is great for walks. The local dog walkers are respectful and the common is very clean with many bins for dog waste. There are lots of places with water for dogs who like to swim and plenty of big open spaces for playing fetch. The only times that I would not recommend it are over bank holidays when the fair comes to town. Then it becomes a giant rubbish dump, after having to wrestle many chicken bones and bits of disposable barbecues away from my dog, which was stressful. Other wise its a great place to be :)

Visited September 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“a great place for a walk”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

a great place for a long walk and fresh air, and its quite handy for a trip to the cowherds to rest and recouperate

Visited August 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

The common has a lovely atmosphere and is absolutely stunning.If you are interested in wildlife it is a great place to go to spot all different types of woodpecker. It can be a great place to go for a bike ride although some of the general public do not ensure their dogs are kept away from cyclists.Go there during the day not during the night as a word of warning as there is limited lighting in Southampton and it can be quite dangerous to walk through after dark.

Visited June 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Something for everyone”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

The Common has something for everyone and can be a relaxing Sunday afternoon walk, fitness ground or just a 'back garden' to relax in. It's a shame some dog owners aren't responsible enought to clean up after their dog and give dog owner a bad reputation.

Visited March 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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“Southampton's ancient parkland.”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

A real asset for this city, the common gives everyone free access to open grassland, woodland walks, two natural lakes and a model boating lake.
There is the Hawthorns wildlife centre with its varied environments which is very informative, great for the kids, on the site of the old Chipperfields zoo.
Close by is the Cowherds pub, a very popular place to eat.
The common is also where you will be able to visit various shows and fairs during the year, although sadly we no longer have the balloon and flower festival.
The old Southampton cemetery is in the south corner of the common, which is gradually being rejuvenated by volunteers.
The common is a brilliant place to pass a few hours, walk along the tracks or Tarmac paths and enjoy the fresh air.

Visited June 2012
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