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Home to the Premier League’s Southampton FC club at the St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton is also well know for it’s historic city walls (including the Bargates) and for being the starting place of the Titanic’s fateful journey. The Port of Southampton is not only a busy commercial port but also home to many cruise liners which can be seen frequently visiting.

Getting to Southampton

Road Directions

Southampton has excellent road links, with access from both the M3 and M27 motorways.

Public Transport

The main National Express coach station for the area is located on Harbour Parade.

National Express coaches also pick up/drop off at the University of Southampton and St Mary’s Stadium.

Southampton Central rail station is served by direct trains to and from many cities across the country including:

South Western Railway services to: London Waterloo (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes), Bournemouth (approximately 30 minutes) and Winchester (approximately 17 minutes).

Southern Railway services to: Brighton (approximately 1 hour 55 minutes), London Victoria (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes) and London Gatwick Airport (approximately 1 hour 55 minutes)

Great Western Railway services to: Bristol (approximately 1 hour 40 minutes), Portsmouth (approximately 50 minutes), Brighton (approximately 1 hour 50 minutes) and Salisbury (approximately 30 minutes).

Cross Country Train services to: Birmingham (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes), Oxford (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes) and Manchester (approximately 4 hours 7 minutes).


One of the best ways to find out about the city is to go on a guided tour! The guides at See Southampton are very dedicated and come from a wide range of backgrounds including the legal profession, medicine, education, entertainment, linguistics and engineering. All have been trained and examined to the exacting and very high standards of the Institute of Tourist Guiding of which they are all members. With two universities located in Southampton they are also experts at showing international students around!

Click the logo above or the image below to be taken to the See Southampton website (opens in new window).

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