Southampton, besides being a cruise port of call, is also Great Britain’s largest cruise ship port. It is the most convenient port to London which is only 65 miles away with London’s three international airports. Southampton is also a major departure port for cruise itineraries to Scandinavia, Portugal, Spain, the Canary Islands, Azores as well as cruises around the British Isles. From the port you can catch a ferry to Cowes over on the Isle of Wight to discover Queen Victoria’s holiday home at Osborne House.
Where Your Ship Docks
The Southampton cruise ship piers are located just inside the port facility with an easy walk into the central city. While there is no dedicated terminal a major shopping mall and retail outlets are only a short distance from the port.
With Brixet the Euro is out ant the British Pound is now the official currency. You’ll find credit cards welcome and ATM machines plentiful.
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. Southampton is also easy to get to by road or rail with direct London to Southampton train service that takes about 75 minutes from London’s Waterloo Station. The city is great for exploring on foot with most Southampton shopping areas featuring pedestrian malls. Southampton has a good public bus network that serves the city and surrounding areas.
Around half of Southampton’s Medieval City Walls survive to this day, providing a unique glimpse into the architecture and history of the period. It has also been a major port since medieval times. The Historic Southampton Dockyard is Englands first destination for exploring naval history.
It is also near the scenery and wildlife of the New Forest National Park, where you’ll also find Beaulieu National Motor Museum that houses one of world’s finest collections of cars and motoring memorabilia and Paultons Park, the home of Peppa Pig World.
Shop the trendy shops in Westquay, discover the home of the historic Spitfire aircraft at Solent Sky, catch a show at the Mayflower Theatre, browse renowned masterpieces at the City Art Gallery or explore 800 years of history at the Tudor House and Gardens.
The city of Winchester is only a 20-minute train ride to the north of Southampton, houses the striking 11th century Winchester Cathedral and is also famous for its upscale shops.