'Walk the walls' run by Southampton Tourist Guides Association is a guided walk which gives you a fascinating insight to the Old Town, hidden behind the fairly soulless city centre. Southampton boasts the third longest original uninterrupted stretch of medieval defensive walling of any other town or city in Great Britain. The walk includes a long section of the walls, towers, and gates. Also a couple of medieval vaults that are not otherwise open to the public, some of which were used as air raid shelters in WW2. The walks are varied during the year to look at other historical aspects of the city as well, such as the Titanic Trail, or you can book tailor-made group walks. I went on one of the night walks when I first moved here and although I am not that into history the guides made it all so interesting and I got to view parts of the city that I wouldn't have given a second glance to in a different light. The walk is 90 minutes long, covers about four miles, and has some steps. They say they can offer alternative more accessible routes as well. Cost £3 for adults, free for children. You could also combine a walk with a visit to the Tudor House and Garden, which has re-opened 30th July after a long restoration project.
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