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Shirley is a district on the Western side of Southampton, England. Shirley's main roles are retailing and residential. It is the most important suburban shopping area in the west of the city. Housing is a mixture of council houses in the centre of the district surrounded by private housing, with larger suburban houses concentrated in Upper Shirley. Shirley is separated from Highfield by Southampton Common. The general Shirley area covers the main residential areas of Shirley, Upper Shirley, Regents Park & Freemantle and is serviced by a large shopping area known as Shirley High Street. The whole area is situated to the West of the City Centre and basically extends from the Railway Station to almost the M271 to the West, The Common to the North and includes the area to the lower side of the Southampton General Hospital.
The greater Shirley area offers a wide selection of residential properties ranging from the typical brick-built 1900's style Victorian's to modern stylish apartments as well as local council housing in the centre and on the Northern and Western parameters of the area.
Shirley High Street has a good selection of shops, banks and building societies, ranging from small independent business's to large retailers including the likes of Sainsbury's, Iceland, Wilkinson's and many more. Just on the outskirts of the area, there is a large 24/7 Tesco's and two retail parks.
There is a wide selection of restaurants and take-aways to satisfy all taste buds, although there isn't any nightlife as such in the Shirley area, there are a large number of "local" pubs. Night buses run from Shirley into the City Centre and back.
Shirley is home to several schools including Upper Shirley High School (formerly Bellemoor Boys School), Taunton's College and the 450-year-old King Edward VI School. The area is also served by Regents Park Community College (formerly Regents Park Girls School). Amongst the many infant and junior schools in the area, Shirley Junior School on Bellemoor Road has been a great public school to the children of the Shirley district
By car, Shirley is just a 5 minute drive to the City Centre and is easily accessible to the Railway station. Shirley is also located off the two main roads into Southampton, the A35 and A31 and just a few minutes’ drive to the main motorways M27 and M3.