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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.

Understand[edit]

The Point, Eastleigh

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.

The Chamberlayne Arms at the junction of Blenheim Road and the High Street

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.

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.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Buildings on Station Hill

By taxi[edit]

By bus[edit]

Regular bus services to Southampton, Romsey, Winchester and areas in the surrounding borough. National Express coaches run services through the town centre.

By plane[edit]

Regular services from many airports across the British Isles to 4 Southampton Airport (SOU IATA). Southampton Airport (Q8988) on Wikidata Southampton Airport on Wikipedia, but very few from further afield.

By car[edit]

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)

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

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.

By bike[edit]

Cycle Route Map

See[edit]

Looking from Archers Road into The Crescent
  • 1 Eastleigh Museum, High Street, +44 23 8064 3026. 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)), +44 7626 943163. 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. Marwell Zoo (Q15249491) on Wikidata Marwell Zoo on Wikipedia
  • 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, +44 23 8061 3989. 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.

Do[edit]

Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway

In the town centre[edit]

  • 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), +44 23 8065 2333. A variety of stage and film productions throughout the year.
  • 4 Partyman World of Play (formerly Gambado's), +44 23 8001 8336. 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[edit]

  • 6 Lakeside Country Park, Wide Ln, +44 23 8061 7882. 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, +44 23 8068 4800. 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, +44 23 8061 2710. 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, +44 23 8064 7090. Sports and recreation facility with large green area. The River Itchen runs alongside it.

Buy[edit]

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.

Eat[edit]

Chinese food[edit]

Indian food[edit]

Sweet food[edit]

Cafés[edit]

Restaurants[edit]

Fish and chip shops[edit]

  • 29 Sandra's Fish & Chips (formerly Golden Fry Chip Shop), 112 Chamberlayne Rd, SO50 5JF, +44 23 8061 4161. Fish and chip shop.
  • 30 Mikes Chippy, 12B Derby Rd, SO50 5LY, +44 23 8061 3399. Fish and chip shop.
  • 31 Mike's Traditional Fish & Chips (formerly Nicks Fish Bar), 8 Spring Ln, SO50 6LS, +44 23 8061 2776. Fish and chip shop.
  • 32 Chip Stop, 7 Falkland Rd, Chandler's Ford, SO53 3GA, +44 23 8026 0022. Fish and chip shop.

Pizza places[edit]

Drink[edit]

  • 1 The Good Companions, 119 Leigh Rd, SO50 9DS, +44 23 8062 9001. Family-friendly pub with outdoor patio.
  • 2 The Grantham Arms, Chamberlayne Rd, SO50 5HZ, +44 23 8061 2141. Family-friendly pub.
  • 3 Steam Town Brew Co., 1 Bishopstoke Rd, SO50 6AD, +44 23 8235 9139. 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.

Sleep[edit]

Connect[edit]

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.

Go next[edit]

  • 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.
Routes through Eastleigh
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