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Eastleigh is a town in Hampshire that sits between Winchester and Southampton. The town has a long history associated with the railways, being the site of a large railway works that at one time was the major employer in the area.
The Borough of Eastleigh contains many small villages and hamlets, with Chandler's Ford to the north, Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath to the east.
Perhaps the best-known piece of history associated with Eastleigh is that it is the home of the Spitfire (a World War II fighter plane designed by R. J. Mitchell). The aircraft was built, designed and first flown from what is now Southampton Airport, which is in Eastleigh. Southampton Airport was claimed to have been sunk by the German Air Force during the Second World War! During its military service, it was known as HMS Raven, and this name was announced by the German propaganda machine as a successfully sunk ship of the Royal Navy!
The town also boasts a link to one of the UK's best known comics, Benny Hill. Indeed it was his work as a milkman in the town that spawned his well known "Ernie - the fastest milkman in the west" tune. The cartoon character 'Jane' and musician Heinz Burt are both connected with the borough.
Since the late 20th century, it has become a bit of a dormitory town, in that it has become home to many people who live here, but work elsewhere. This is mainly due to the good transport links of the M3 and M27 motorways and Southampton Airport - with direct flights to much of the UK and many points within Europe.
In 2006, Eastleigh was named as the ninth best place to live in the UK by the Channel 4 television programme The Best and Worst Places to Live 2006. The abundance of jobs and the excellent transport links were named as some of the primary reasons for this award. Nearby Winchester was named the best place to live in the UK by the same programme.
- Bishopstoke is just one of the many small villages and hamlets in the borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, England.
It has a history which stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times. It is featured in Domesday Book and has long links with Winchester Cathedral and its bishops. King John signed charters here during his visits in 1205 and 1207. William Gilbert, the novelist father of W.S. Gilbert, is stated to have been born here in 1804. During the reign of Queen Victoria Dean Garnier's garden is said to have rivalled that at Chiswick. In the early 1940s part of the village had its milk delivered by Benny Hill, who became a popular comedian after the war.
Bordering the River Itchen with a unique riverside frontage, the Angler's public house & restaurant is a favourite stopping off point for ramblers using the Itchen Way.
- Chandler's Ford has a long history associated with the railways, being the site of a large railway works that at one time was the major employer in the area. The population of Chandler's Ford is now over 20,000 and still growing.
- 1 Eastleigh railway station. Very good rail links, being on the main line between Weymouth and London. A service to London runs between half an hour to an hour. Local rail connections to nearby towns are described at Three Rivers Rail
Frequent rail services to Eastleigh station from Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth, Basingstoke & London. Fast services from Bournemouth/Poole, the Midlands, Scotland & London are available to Southampton Parkway station to the south.
- 2 Southampton Airport Parkway railway station.
- 3 Chandler's Ford Station. On the main line between Weymouth and London. A service to London runs between half an hour to an hour. A train that runs from Romsey to Totton, which also stops at Eastleigh, Southampton Airport Parkway and Southampton Central, stops at the station.
Eastleigh is also the end point of the M3 connecting the South Coast via the M27 with the rest of the country's motorway network.
Approximate travel times:
- London (1.5 hours via the M3 motorway)
- Birmingham (2.5 hours via the A34)
Eastleigh town centre is very small and can easily be travelled on foot. It takes less than ten minutes to traverse. Eastleigh does have a large residential sprawl a-joined in the north and west known as Boyatt Wood. There are regular buses and travel time on foot to the opposite end of Boyatt Wood is only 25 minutes.
Bishopstoke is a one mile walk along Bishopstoke Road or a short taxi ride. Alternatively catch a bus from the bus station in the town centre to "The Mill" stop which is at the centre of the village and close to Riverside and the River Itchen.
- 1 Eastleigh Museum, High Street, ☏ . Tu-Sa. It has files covering Bishopstoke's long history. Light refreshments are available & special exhibitions are staged on a regular basis.
- 2 St Mary's Church, at the lower end of Church Road, Bishopstoke. John "Bilious" Bale, a medieval rector, writer & playwright, preached his infamous sermons here. Samuel Sewall, a judge in the Salem Witch Trials was baptised here.
- 3 Marwell Zoological Park, Colden Common (On the B2177. Accessible by road or by Stagecoach bus 69 (4 buses on Su only)), ☏ . Apr-Oct: daily 10AM-6PM; Nov-Mar: daily 10AM-4PM; last admission 90 minutes before close; closed Dec 25th. The park has over 200 rare and endangered species of animals. The Marwell Preservation Trust is dedicated to conservation and increased knowledge of all living creatures. £11.50 adult; £9.50 senior or student; £8 child.
- 4 The Railwayman Statue, Leigh Rd, SO50 9FF. A statue celebrating Eastleigh's railway history.
- 5 Charlotte Mary Yonge Statue (also known as the Charlotte Yonge Statue), SO50 9FL (Sat on a bench outside Eastleigh train station). A statue of the novelist who named Eastleigh.
- 6 Shears Mill (The Mill), Bishopstoke Rd, SO50 6LP. Old water mill turned museum.
- 7 The Concorde Club, Stoneham Ln, SO50 9HQ, ☏ . Oldest jazz club under the same management in the United Kingdom and possibly the world. Also on-site are the Moldy Fig restaurant and the Ellington Lodge hotel.
In the town centre
- 1 Vue Cinemas, Swan Centre. 9-screen cinema.
- 2 Hollywood Bowl Eastleigh, Swan Centre. A 20-lane bowling alley and arcade.
- 3 The Point (Arts centre), Leigh Road (not far from Eastleigh town centre), ☏ . A variety of stage and film productions throughout the year.
- 4 Partyman World of Play (formerly Gambado's), ☏ . Large indoor soft play area for children.
- 5 Leigh Road Park, Leigh Rd, Eastleigh. Park with bandstand, war memorial and children's playground.
Not in the town centre
- 6 Lakeside Country Park, Wide Ln, ☏ . An area of land left behind by the gravel extraction for the M27. The three large holes are now flooded and provide a very pleasant green belt between Southampton and Eastleigh. Fishing, walking and birdwatching are all possible at the site, and there is a miniature railway that runs during school holidays.
- 7 Itchen Way. Ramblers can use to reach other locations along the valley of the river Itchen including Allbrook (home of Mary Beale, the artist, during the late 1660s) Brambridge (home of Maria Fitzherbert in the mid 1700s), Shawford, St Cross & Winchester.
- 8 Itchen Valley Country Park, Allington Ln, West End, Southampton (approx. 2 miles south of Bishopstoke, can be accessed by car via Allington Lane, Fair Oak to the east of the village or walkers may use the Itchen Way which adjoins the western edge of the village). Woodlands and meadows with a play trail, a café and a Go Ape assault course.
- 9 Bishopstoke Players, Memorial Hall. If your visit coincides with the staging of a performance by the talented Bishopstoke Players and you book early enough, you are in for a treat.
- 10 Hiltingbury Lakes. About 17 acres of water, woodland and wildlife. Here you can enjoy walking, fishing or just watching the wildlife.
- 11 Places Leisure (formerly Fleming Park), Passfield Ave, SO50 9NL, ☏ . Leisure centre with indoor pools, a gym, tennis and squash courts and a large park. The park contains a large playground and a paddling pool (open May-September).
- 12 The Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Rd, SO50 9LH, ☏ . Community venue with halls, suites and the Blackbird Café.
- 13 Stoke Park Wood, Stoke Park Wood, Bishopstoke. Woodland with a car park. Great for walking and cycling.
- 14 The Hub, The Hub, Bishopstoke Road, SO50 6LA, ☏ . Sports and recreation facility with large green area. The River Itchen runs alongside it.
The town centre consists of two streets (High Street and Market Street) and the Swan Shopping Centre which sits at the end of the two. Many national chains are represented as are independent shops. The main supermarket in the town centre is Tesco, which is attached to the Swan Centre. There is also a Sainsbury's, but there is a giant Asda 'Hypermarket' in nearby Chandler's Ford, and an out of town retail park alongside the M27 near Hedge End. There is a market in the town centre on Thursdays and Saturdays.
- 1 Peking Phoenix, 47 Leigh Rd, SO50 9DD, ☏ . Chinese restaurant.
- 2 Yummy Yummy, 2E High St, SO50 5LA, ☏ . Chinese takeaway.
- 3 Good Earth, 88 Desborough Rd, SO50 5NS, ☏ . Chinese takeaway.
- 4 China Wok, Central Precinct, 14 The, Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 2GB, ☏ . Chinese takeaway.
- 5 New Golden Wok, 14 Bournemouth Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3DB, ☏ . Chinese takeaway.
- 6 Saffron Indian Cuisine, 39 High St, SO50 5LG, ☏ . Curry house.
- 7 The Great Moghul, 1 High St, SO50 5LB, ☏ . Indian restaurant.
- 8 Badi Mirchi, 190 Leigh Rd, SO50 9DX, ☏ . Indian restaurant.
- 9 Taroka, 161 Fair Oak Rd, SO50 8LQ, ☏ . Indian/Bangladeshi takeaway.
- 10 Maya Fine Indian Dining, 5 Bournemouth Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3DA, ☏ . Indian restaurant.
- 11 Bengal Spice, 16 The Central Precinct, Chandler's Ford SO53 2GB, ☏ . Indian takeaway.
- 12 Jalalabad Balti House Ltd, 6 Bournemouth Rd, Chandler's Ford SO53 3DB, ☏ . Indian takeaway.
- 13 Treats Gelato, 2G High St, SO50 5LA, ☏ . Ice cream parlour.
- 14 Candy Room Sweet Shop, 96 Market St, SO50 5RE, ☏ . Sweet shop that sells American sweets.
- 15 Obriens, 94 Market St, SO50 5RE. Café and sandwich shop.
- 16 Choices, 1D Leigh Rd, SO50 9FG, ☏ . Sandwich shop.
- 17 Wells Place Centre Coffee Shop, Wells Place Centre, Wells Pl, SO50 5LJ, ☏ . Small coffee shop.
- 18 Matt's Bakery Boyatt Wood, Arrow Cl, SO50 4SY, ☏ . Bakery/sandwich shop.
- 19 Matt's Bakery Chandler's Ford, 9 Falkland Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3GA, ☏ . Bakery/sandwich shop.
- 20 The Hog Shack, 3 Bishopstoke Rd, SO50 6AD, ☏ . Artisan coffee house.
- 21 Hursley Cafe, 4 Hursley Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 2FU, ☏ . Café.
- 22 Katarina's (formerly Kat's Kafe), 1F High St, SO50 5LB, ☏ . Café by day, Greek restaurant by night.
- 23 Cosy Cafe, 84 Market St, SO50 5RE, ☏ . Restaurant with extensive menu.
- 24 Artisan Meze & Wine Bar, 25 High St, SO50 5LF, ☏ . Turkish restaurant and bar with pub garden.
- 25 The Cleveland Bay, 1 Pilgrims Cl, Chandler's Ford SO53 4ST, ☏ . Pub/restaurant.
- 26 The Angler's Inn, 17 Riverside, Bishopstoke, ☏ . Pub/restaurant.
- 27 Marmaris Grill Eastleigh, 4 Bournemouth Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3DB, ☏ . Restaurant.
- 28 The Hiltonbury Farmhouse, N Millers Dale, Chandler's Ford, SO53 1SZ, ☏ . Restaurant/pub.
Fish and chip shops
- 29 Sandra's Fish & Chips (formerly Golden Fry Chip Shop), 112 Chamberlayne Rd, SO50 5JF, ☏ . Fish and chip shop.
- 30 Mikes Chippy, 12B Derby Rd, SO50 5LY, ☏ . Fish and chip shop.
- 31 Mike's Traditional Fish & Chips (formerly Nicks Fish Bar), 8 Spring Ln, SO50 6LS, ☏ . Fish and chip shop.
- 32 Chip Stop, 7 Falkland Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3GA, ☏ . Fish and chip shop.
- 33 Fanellis Pizza, 8 Bournemouth Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3DB, ☏ . Pizza place.
- 34 Adore Takeaway, 6 Hursley Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 2FU, ☏ . Fast-food takeaway.
- 35 Roccos Pizza, 95 Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford SO53 2GG, ☏ . Pizza place.
- 1 The Good Companions, 119 Leigh Rd, SO50 9DS, ☏ . Family-friendly pub with outdoor patio.
- 2 The Grantham Arms, Chamberlayne Rd, SO50 5HZ, ☏ . Family-friendly pub.
- 3 Steam Town Brew Co., 1 Bishopstoke Rd, SO50 6AD, ☏ . M-Th 4PM-11PM, F-Su noon-11PM. Craft brewery and tap room with outside seating on the on-street terrace. They serve and sell a range of their own beers and guests by bottle, can and mini-keg.
- 1 Holiday Inn Southampton-Eastleigh, Leigh Rd (M3, jct13), ☏ .
- 2 Premier Inn Southampton (Eastleigh), 117-119 Leigh Rd, SO50 9YX, ☏ .
- 3 Village Hotel Southampton Eastleigh, Bournemouth Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3QB, ☏ .
- 4 Premier Inn Southampton Airport, Mitchell Way, Southampton SO18 2XU, ☏ .
- 5 Travelodge Eastleigh Central, Southampton Rd, SO50 9FJ, ☏ .
- 6 Travelodge Southampton Eastleigh, Ham Farm, Twyford Rd, SO50 4LF, ☏ .
- 7 Marwell Hotel, Thompson's Ln, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JY, ☏ .
Eastleigh's area code for landline numbers is 023 when dialled from within the UK or +44 23 from outside the UK. Calls made from landlines within the 023 area (which covers most of South Hampshire, including Southampton and Portsmouth) do not require the area code to connect. However, a great many Eastleigh phone numbers start "023 80..." leading many to incorrectly assume that "02380" is the town's area code.
- eastleigh.online. Discuss Eastleigh, ask local questions.
- Southampton 5 miles (8 km) to the south has several cinemas and theatres.
- Why not use the area as a base for exploring southern Hampshire? There is much to see at and around Winchester, Romsey, Bursledon, Netley and Hamble, not forgetting the New Forest. The area is well served with motorways although these should be avoided at peak commuting times.
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