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In and Around Itchen Valley

Go Ape at Itchen Valley Country Park, set in the heart of Hampshire, promises a truly epic adventure day out.

Nestled away within 440 acres of stunning woodland and meadows, and just a stone's throw away from the River Itchen, you will come across Go Ape. Our famous tree top adventures include award-winning high ropes, tunnels, crosses, bridges and an awesome wind-in-your-face zip wire to top it all off. But if you've made a special journey out to this neck of the woods, where do you and your tribe plan on hanging out before or after your Go Ape experience? Here are a few suggestions we've put together to help you on your way.


Walk through Itchen Valley Country Park.

While you're here in the beautiful woodlands, why not explore this large area of unspoilt countryside further? The rural beauty of the park can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. With trails to suit all levels, stroll along the paths and take in the woodland, water meadows, pasture and hay fields. You'll also find plenty of picnic areas - ideal if the weather's on your side.


Walk the walls.

Take a guided tour around Southampton's Old Town - a compact area with a fascinating history. Although it suffered very heavily during the bombing of the Second World War, there's still plenty to be seen from centuries past. A tour guide will be able to tell you all about the various events (pirate raids etc.) that resulted in one of the finest, and most striking, gateways England has to offer: Southampton's Bargate.


Simons at Oxfords.

Located in the bustling, cosmopolitan area of Oxford Street in Southampton (just four miles from Go Ape), Simons has earned a reputation for its quality, home-cooked food. With plenty of al fresco seating, your day in the great outdoors can continue at this awesome eatery. Pop down in the week for the best deals, including set menus. From steak and chips to risottos and salads, there's something for everyone on their menu. For those who like to share, the deli boards will go down a treat.


SeaCity Museum.

Right in the heart of Southampton is SeaCity Museum, which tells the story of the people of the city, particularly focusing on their fascinating historic connections with the Titanic, and how the disaster affected them. With interactive experiences designed for all ages, this makes the perfect way to hear all about maritime history - but without getting wet.