Beautiful landscape of the city of Southampton, England

Southampton

The country’s largest cruise port, Southampton sits at the heart of the Solent, offering a maritime backdrop for meetings and events.

Getting here

Travelling to Southampton couldn’t be easier. The city has excellent links from Europe and throughout the UK by air, land and sea.

BY PLANE

Southampton International Airport serves many UK and European destinations, with onward connections worldwide. The airports’ one terminal sees over a million passengers a year flying to 33 destinations. It is located on the outskirts of the city with easy access from the M27 and M3 motorways, as well as to Southampton Airport Parkway train station.

BY TRAIN

Southampton Central rail station is served by direct trains to and from many cities across the country including London, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Leeds, Brighton and Manchester. London Waterloo is a one hour, 20 minutes journey to Southampton Central, passing Southampton Airport Parkway on the way.

BY CAR

Southampton is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes  from central London. The M3, M27 and A34 roads provide fast, direct links into the city centre. The A36 is the major route from the West Country, Bristol and Wales. From the East, follow the A27/M27 and depart at Junction 8.

BY FERRY

Cross channel ferry services, Brittany Ferries and LD Lines, operate from the nearby port of Portsmouth, offering fast and regular crossings from France and the Channel Islands. There are two Red Funnel ferry services to and from the Isle of Wight departing from Town Quay; a high-speed service for foot passengers and a ferry for vehicles, cyclists and foot passengers.

Expertise

Oceanography

The complexities of our oceans, the earth system and the biosphere are all studied in Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre - one of the world’s top oceanographic institutions. 

The NOC undertakes world leading research in large-scale oceanography and ocean measurement technology innovation; working with government and businesses to turn great science and technology into advice and applications. It supports scientists in universities and research institutes with facilities, research infrastructure and irreplaceable data assets – enabling the UK to harness the full power and diversity of its ocean science talent.

   
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Engineering innovation

Founded in 1956, Roke is a British centre of excellence for world-class innovation and engineering based in Romsey, just outside Southampton. Roke innovations can be found all over the world. From computer vision that powered the world’s first autonomous landing of a drone at sea; to AI systems that drastically reduce aircraft turnaround times through autonomously inspecting jet turbines; right through to the data engineering behind ‘Hawk-eye’ tracking the trajectory of balls in sport. It all began at Roke.

   

Marine technology & industrial aerodynamics

The Wolfson Unit was founded in 1967 to enable industry to benefit from the facilities, academic excellence and research activities at Southampton University, predominantly through model testing and consultancy. It’s comprised of full-time professional engineers and is best known for ship model testing, sailing yacht performance and ship design software. Other specialisms of the Wolfson Unit include computational fluid dynamics, wind tunnel and towing tank testing.

 

Where to stay

With almost 5,000 hotel bedrooms in the city and surrounding area, Southampton has accommodation to suit any budget.

5* hotels 117 bedrooms
4* hotels 1,460 bedrooms
3* and under properties 2,283 bedrooms
Other (student accommodation / home sharing) 2,200 bedroom

Venues

From academic centres of excellence to first-class hotels and a top-flight football stadium, Southampton offers an extensive range of conference and meetings facilities.

Hilton at the Ageas Bowl
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
O2 Guildhall Southampton
Southampton Football Club
Solent Conference Centre

Incentives

Southampton and the solent region has a raft of museums, stately homes and water-based activities to thrill groups and inspire team motivational skills.

Beaulieu
SeaCity Museum
Get out on the water
Operation I.O.W

Dining & social

Bombay Sapphire Distillery
The Pig in the Wall
The Rockstone

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