Christmas in Southampton
- On the waterfront
Seek out some splendid shopping opportunities in the city’s rejuvenated quayside.
- Beautiful Beaulieu
Look forward to an included excursion visiting one of the grandest stately homes in the country.
- Location, Location, Location
Leonardo Grand Harbour Southampton is superbly located for exploring all the city has to offer.
- Medieval marvel
Explore Southampton at leisure to discover rich architectural history, including Bargate.
- Season's greetings
Enjoy festive hospitality at your hotel.
- No fly
- Full board
Savour the season in Southampton
Enjoy a festive short break in the heart of the historic city in the contemporary, locally rated 4-star Leonardo Grand Harbour Southampton.
The stylish hotel is a perfect base for a Christmas break in the city, walking distance from the the superb shopping at West Quay and well located for exploring other jewels of the south coast – including stately Beaulieu which you can discover on an included excursion – and of course for exploring the water in one of Britain’s foremost ports.
After arriving on December 23, look forward to a welcome drink and then dinner in the hotel’s stylish Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill. You’ll be heading out on Christmas Eve, heading into the Hampshire countryside to visit Beaulieu – one of the grandest stately homes in the country. Lunch and dinner are back at the hotel as you prepare for the big day! Enjoy Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings, but be sure to save a little room for mince pies and a hot drink over the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day afternoon. On Boxing Day you can look forward to some time at leisure before and after a carvery lunch – perhaps hit the sales in the nearby West Quay shopping complex or take a stroll by the waterfront. You might even find your way to St Mary’s Stadium, home of Premier League football club Southampton, should they have a festive fixture at home today. Dinner is back at the hotel tonight. Depart after breakfast the following day to begin your journey home.
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Welcome drink
- Christmas lunch with all the trimmings
- Wi-Fi at the hotel
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights
Leonardo Grand Harbour Hotel, W Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1AG
The locally rated 4-star Leonardo Grand Harbour Hotel is one of the most iconic buildings in Southampton, overlooking the waterfront with a towering triangular glass atrium which is lit up after dark. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful Christmas retreat or are keen to explore the city independently, this stylish hotel is the perfect base from which to discover Southampton.
All 173 spacious rooms come with air-conditioning and an ensuite bathroom.
Tea coffee making facilities
Iron with Ironboard
Food and Drink
The hotel boasts a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill where you can enjoy breakfasts in the morning and gourmet-style two and three-course meals the rest of the day. The hotel’s Royal Bar is the perfect place to unwind with a range of drinks and tasty bar snacks available.
Other Hotel Information
On site car parking is available for an additional charge.
Indoor swimming pool
This stylish 4-star hotel boasts an enviable location on the waterfront. If you love to shop, then a 5-minute walk from your hotel is the West Quay shopping complex, where you can find numerous high street brands to indulge in some retail therapy. All that shopping is sure to work up an appetite and there’s no better place than the newly-developed, multi-million pound West Quay Watermark where you can enjoy food options from all corners of the globe.
If you would like to enjoy some live entertainment during your break the Grade II-listed Mayflower theatre hosts a variety of attractions throughout the year – Cinderella is this year’s pantomime and stars Craig Revel Horwood and Debbie McGee – while the city also hosts Premier League football at St Mary’s Stadium, a short walk from your hotel.
The city is renowned for its green spaces and you may wish to seek-out East Park, Watts Park or Palmerston Park for a stroll, picnic or just people-watching. Southampton Common is a larger green space to the north of the city centre where there are more than 300 acres of flora and fauna in a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The park also has woodlands and walking trails to explore plus a large Victorian Lake and the deepest artesian well (one which doesn’t require a pump) in the UK. Southampton Common is also home to The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre, which gives visitors the opportunity to learn about local history, geology and wildlife.
Other attractions include the City Art Gallery, considered to have the finest collection of 20th century art south of London and the Solent Sky Museum where you can discover the history of aviation in the area. The Spitfire was built in the heart of the city and you can see an example of the iconic aircraft at the museum as well as step on board a Sandringham Flying Boat or sit at the controls of a jet fighter.
It’s not just modern history which the city can boast, Old Town showcases the medieval prosperity of the city through the surviving town walls, towers, and historic buildings such as the Wool House, Tudor House Museum, and St Michael’s Church. The Old Town Walls date back to around 1175, however after a raid in the 1330s by the French pirate Grimaldi – who later used his plunder to help establish the principality of Monaco – they were extensively strengthened. To save on costs, locals built walls linking houses to form part of the structure. About half of the original one-mile circuit of town walls still survives, with 13 of the original 29 towers and six of the eight gates still standing, as well as more than 90 listed buildings and 30 ancient monuments.
The Old Town Walk starts from historic Bargate which is a 13-minute walk from the hotel. Another must-see is the 14th-century medieval Merchant's House which has been lovingly restored and offers a glimpse back into life in the city nearly 700 years ago.
Beaulieu is one of the Treasure Houses of England, a venerable collection of the ten best stately homes, castles and palaces in the country. Palace House – originally the Abbey's gatehouse – has been home to the Montagu family since 1538. Extensively remodelled in the 19th century, it is packed with family treasures. The beautiful ruins of Beaulieu Abbey have been conserved by the family, after its destruction on the orders of Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries. Beaulieu is also home to the British Motor Museum and here you learn about the history of motoring from the earliest models to state-of-the-art F1 racing cars.
Included on 4 nights itinerary