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About Ocean Village

Ocean Village from the Itchen Bridge

Ocean Village from the Itchen Bridge

Ocean Village Marina is simply a great place to live and to visit! There’s always so much going on and there’s so much to see. It has great restaurants and bars, two cinemas, great sailing facilities and great views. If you should tire of Ocean Village then you don’t have to look very far to find even more to see and do. This little section of Southampton is a real gem. It has great proximity to the town centre and all that has to offer. More great restaurants and bars can be found in abundance on nearby Oxford Street. It is literally surrounded by numerous sites of historical interest and a short walk to Mayflower Park will allow you to get close up the numerous cruise and cargo ships that arrive and depart from Southampton almost every day. What’s not to like?

On Wikipedia Ocean Village is described as follows:

Ocean Village is a large, mixed-use marina, residential, business and leisure development on the mouth of the River Itchen in Southampton, on the south coast of England. Ocean Village is currently undergoing a major £70m re-development project and is set to become one of the main leisure destinations in Southampton. Current recreational facilities include two cinemas, cafes, wine bars and restaurants including Banana Wharf and Pitcher & Piano. The recently opened multi-storey car park has space for 776 vehicles.

The marina is managed and owned by Marina Developments Limited (MDL), a division of British-based Yattendon Investment Trust. The area, formerly used for commercial ships, now offers 375 berths and the basin is deep enough to provide mooring facilities for tall ships and large yachts. The Global Challenge yacht races started from here in 1992, 1996 and 2000. Ocean Village is also the base for the Royal Southampton Yacht Club.

A number of large companies have offices or regional headquarters in the complex, including HSBC, Barclays plc and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The marina is home to the historical building, Enterprise House, which was originally a dock warehouse and has now been converted into serviced offices.

Ocean Village wasn’t always the exciting marina it is today, surrounded by a wealth of restaurants, cinemas, bars and homes. Strolling around Ocean Village looking at all that is on offer today, you may have occasionally paused for a moment and pondered how all of this came about. If you have then hopefully we can provide the answer and share with you the fascinating history of Ocean Village Marina. A place, it might surprise you to learn, that has played a key role in the development of both Southampton as a major city and Britain as a trading nation.

Whether you live, work, sail at or visit Ocean Village we hope to open your eyes to a fascinating and interesting past. Read our Ocean Village history page to discover how it all began, what was once here before the Ocean Village Marina we know today and find out what remains of the past. After reading this you can wander around the marina and think of what was once here. Imagine the countless people that have journeyed though, the army of workers once employed in the docks and the vast amounts of cargo that has come and gone. You will never look at Ocean Village in the same way again.


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