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Southampton

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings and Excursions

Once one of Britain’s most vital ports, today this city is the gateway into centuries of Norman, Tudor and Victorian history and the rich ecology of Hampshire.

How do you get to Southampton?

For centuries, Southampton’s busy port was a forest of ship’s masts and rigging, alive with the chatter of seaman and merchants. Today, this city in southern England resonates with the footsteps of visitors who come to explore its museums, galleries, gardens and well-preserved architectural heritage. Southampton is situated next to the New Forest, a natural wonder that draws travelers and nature lovers from around the world.

In the city’s heart, enjoy an ice cream at Queens Park and admire the park’s artwork and military memorial. A little further north in Riverside Park, join a game of soccer or just bring some bread to feed the ducks by the River Itchen.

A little further south, near the Isle of Wight, spend a few hours at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Admire the floral displays across the site’s 200 acres (81 hectares) of gardens then ride the charming steam train across the colorful landscape.

Back in the city center, browse almost 4,000 works spanning several centuries at Southampton City Art Gallery. A major highlight is a collection of drawings, known as the Perseus series, which tell a story based on Greek myths.

Learn about Southampton’s Norman, Tudor and Victorian history in the Old City Walls. Take a self-guided tour from the arched entrance at Bargate. Marvel at old wine vaults, medieval churches and a spa frequented by the likes of Jane Austen. Be sure to visit Tudor House and Garden, which dates back more than 800 years and holds a fascinating collection of antiques. Then, take to the skies at the Solent Sky Museum, which houses a World War II Spitfire among its collection of vintage aircraft.

Reserve a ticket for a show at the historic Mayflower Theatre, which first opened in 1928. Enjoy a post-show dinner at one of the restaurants along Commercial Road.

Southampton lies just under 2 hours’ drive or train ride to the southwest of London, making it the perfect port of call for daytrips or longer visits.

Things to do in Southampton

You can study the exhibits at Southampton Maritime Museum, a museum with a storied past, during your travels to Southampton. Wander the area's lush forest or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

One of the busiest cruise ports in England is just a few steps from the historical and entertainment attractions of Southampton.  

Tour an oceanographic research institute, watch independent theater productions and see designs by notable British architects at this 150-year-old university. 

From touring West End musicals to magic shows, stand-up comedy to children’s entertainment, this historic theater serves up Southampton’s best entertainment. 

This city center university forms part of the Cultural Quarter, a district home to galleries, museums, parks and performing arts venues. 

Explore the great outdoors at Mayflower Park, a lovely green space in Southampton. Wander around the area's the lush forest or experience its acclaimed theatre scene.

Sail back into Southampton’s rich nautical past at this state-of-the-art museum created to mark the 100-year anniversary of RMS Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage. 

With an IMAX cinema, a nightclub and a bowling alley, this venue has a range of fun activities for all the family.

Tickets & Tours

This service is available on all dates (April to November) when Royal Caribbean, Oceania, NCL, Celebrity, Cunard, Princess and Azamara cruise ships are visiting Southampton. Service also available to passengers on other ships not listed when dates and arrival times coincide with ships listed.

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Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

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Enjoy convenient private transportation between London and Southampton Port in the comfort of a standard car. For transfers to or from Southampton Port, the serviced areas are: London Select this option for hotels located in the London city center or London airports.

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Combine your transfer from Southampton to London with a sightseeing tour, and make the most out of your time in England! On this tour you will discover the delights of the English countryside on a post-cruise excursion to London via three world class attractions; Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor.

Tickets & Tours

Enjoy convenient private transportation between London and Southampton Port in the comfort of a standard minivan. For transfers to or from Southampton Port, the serviced areas are: London Select this option for hotels located in London city center or for London airports.

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From golden-sand beaches to historic Victorian architecture, Bournemouth offers a wealth of sights to explore. Enjoy access to the city with this comprehensive bus pass, which gives you the freedom to check out attractions as you please.

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