Southampton

Ferries linking to Southampton ©VisitSouthampton

Southampton

With its medieval walls and maritime heritage, discover a south coast cruise port packed with cultural gems and top-notch shopping.
Southampton SeaCity Museum ©VisitSouthampton / James Newell
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Wander Southampton’s historic city walls for a feel of this maritime port, a key destination on Britain’s south coast for nearly a millennium. Now a cruise hub and vibrant retail destination, you can embark on a voyage through the story of Southampton’s people at SeaCity Museum, shop for designer goods in Westquay or uncover the birthplace of the famed Spitfire aircraft at Solent Sky. Catch a show at the Grade II listed Mayflower Theatre, browse internationally renowned masterpieces at the City Art Gallery or breathe new life into 800 years of history at the Tudor House and Garden. Venture into the New Forest National Park for wild horses and stunning woodland walks, or explore the romantic surrounds of Mottisfont house and country estate. Alternatively, Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World offer an abundance of family fun, while Beaulieu National Motor Museum houses one of world’s finest collections of cars and motoring memorabilia.

Where is Southampton?

Located on the south coast in the heart of Hampshire, Southampton has its own airport serving a number of European cities. The city is also only 65 miles (an 80-minute drive) from London Heathrow Airport, with connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide.

Getting around Southampton

Southampton can be easily accessed by road and rail from locations across Britain. London to Southampton train services are direct and take around 75 minutes from London Waterloo. The city can be explored on foot and the main Southampton shopping areas are all pedestrianized, while a reliable public transport network serves the city and the surrounding area.

  • Visit Southampton has a useful map showcasing the best of the city centre, as well as the Cultural Quarter, the Maritime Quarter and Old Town.
  • My Journey has travel information and advice for Southampton and the wider Hampshire area.

BY FOOT

Central Southampton and the shopping hub of Westquay are best explored on foot, as many routes are pedestrianized. A two-mile circular walking route follows the remainder of the city walls with panoramic views of the city and quay.

BY BUS

First Bus, Bluestar and Unilink provide frequent bus services around Southampton and the surrounding area, including to Winchester, Eastleigh and Romsey. These companies accept contactless and cash payments, for fast and convenient travel.

BY TAXI

Southampton is served by an array of taxi and private hire firms, making it easy to get around. You’ll find taxi ranks at both Southampton Central and Airport Parkway railway stations, as well as in the city centre near Westquay Shopping Centre and the High Street.

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