Southampton's parks make it the greenest city in Southern England. Close to the Old Town are seven formal parks which were originally common land where the medieval townsfolk grew crops and grazed their animals, converted into elegant parks in the early Victorian period.
These Grade II listed parks are now fully restored and have their traditional bandstand, rose gardens, elaborate fountains and imposing sculptures which evoke the city's history and civic pride.
Outstanding art galleries, two magnificent theatres, countless concerts, festivals and events. Whether you want to see new films or classic ballets, hear traditional jazz or the latest garage, admire paintings or photographs, you'll find it in Southampton.
At the heart of Southampton's performing arts tradition is the majestic Mayflower Theatre, the largest theatre in southern England. This opened in 1928 and has recently undergone extensive refurbishment. Here you can see musicals, ballet, traditional pantomime, operatic productions as well as comedy acts and evenings with celebrities.