Things to do in Southampton

Our most recommended things to do in Southampton

Southampton: Secrets of the Titanic Guided Walking Tour

1. Southampton: Secrets of the Titanic Guided Walking Tour

Explore the Southampton's relationship with the ill-fated Tanitic on this guided walking tour. Soak up sights along the way on the QE2 Mile walkway and Oxford Street. Finish your tour with some classic pub fare and a pint with the included 20% off at The White Star Pub (reservation required).  Meet your guide outside the Starbucks on the Town Quay Pier and begin your stroll in the bustling Port of Southampton. Step back in time as your guide tells you about famous ocean liners from the city's past. Pass by the Mayflower Memorial, where the famous Pilgrim Ship sailed to America. Take in the QE2 Mile pedestrian route which passes thorugh the heart of the city. Stroll down Oxford Street which is lined with cozy bars, restaurants, and coffee shops.

London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

2. London to Southampton Cruise Terminal via Stonehenge

Travel by executive coach from London to the Southampton cruise terminal via Stonehenge on this 6-hour excursion. One of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world, Stonehenge has been described as a temple, as a clock, and by some as a burial site. Enjoy a visit with an audio-guided tour around the world-famous stones. After 90 minutes at Stonehenge you’ll depart on the 1-hour drive to Southampton. When you arrive at the cruise terminal all you’ll need to do is identify your luggage to the porters and then check-in to begin your cruise. The tour price includes travel by executive coach, admission to Stonehenge, the services of a tour manager, and drop off at Southampton Cruise Terminal.

London: Transfer to Southampton with Windsor Castle Visit

3. London: Transfer to Southampton with Windsor Castle Visit

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in London or Heathrow, then heads towards Windsor Castle where over 900-years of royal history awaits you. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest continuously occupied castle in the world, and the official home of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. At the castle, enjoy the chance to explore the lavish state apartments, the Grand Reception Room, and the Royal Chapel of St George, which is the resting place of former Kings and Queens and also the setting for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding. After your visit to Windsor Castle, begin the 90 to 120-minute journey to Southampton. Upon arrival in Southampton, head straight to the cruise terminal check-in desk where the porters will take care of your luggage and ensure it is delivered to your cabin. Please make sure that you use the luggage label in your cruise package to facilitate this. Drop-off at the terminal will be between 1:30 and 2pm.

Southampton–London via Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

4. Southampton–London via Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

The first stop on your excursion is Salisbury, boasting one of the finest Gothic Cathedrals in Britain, built in the 13th century, and a stunning medieval town center. You’ll spend an hour in Salisbury before departing for mysterious Stonehenge. The drive from Salisbury to Stonehenge takes you through some beautiful English countryside and villages, passing historic churches and thatched cottages. Before arriving at Stonehenge your guide will tell you about the many myths, legends, and facts surrounding this prehistoric structure. Stonehenge has been described as one of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world. Was it a temple, a clock, a burial site, or something else? On arrival you’ll have time for a visit and an audio-guided tour around the world famous stones (admission fee not included), or time to browse the gift shop. After 90 minutes at Stonehenge you’ll depart for Royal Windsor, where you’re scheduled to arrive in time for a late lunch. You’ll then have some time to explore the city and castle. Windsor Castle is the largest continuously occupied castle in the world and your guide will tell you about its history from William the Conqueror to the current Queen (admission not included, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). If you opt not to enter Windsor castle, enjoy a stroll through the old town and Eton. The coach departs Windsor at 16:00 and passengers will be dropped off at major Heathrow hotels beginning at 16:45. When booking, please specify your hotel and the terminal, if applicable. Drop offs are also provided at terminals 1-5. A drive into London is next, which is less than an hour from Heathrow. The guide will manage the hotel drop offs, where additional vehicles or taxis may be used (included in the price) to ensure the hotel drops are completed as quickly as possible. Drop off options include 250 London hotels and selected main line London train stations.

From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off

5. From Southampton: Bath and Windsor Tour with London Drop-Off

After meeting your tour guide and driver, the tour will begin the journey into the limestone country, complete with rolling hills and honey-colored cottages, before edging westwards into the Mendip Hills towards Bath, a city popular for over two thousand years, owing to the hot thermal springs that attracted both Celtic Kings and a while later, Roman aristocracy and is still a popular destination today. On arrival, there will be a full tour followed by optional entry to the Roman Baths, a testament to the cult of Sulis Minerva, both a God of healing and of the underworld. Walk along the original Roman paving, admire the ruins of the ancient temple, and steaming baths. After the city tour there will be free time for lunch before the tour departs for its next stop, Royal Windsor. Over 900 years of Royal history await you at the majestic Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world. You will have the option of entering the Castle (except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) where you can see the state apartments and the Royal Chapel of St.George. The town of Windsor sits alongside the River Thames with royal parks, traditional shops, and typical English pubs, making it one of England's most popular destinations. Departing Windsor the coach will begin the drop-offs to selected Heathrow hotels, all Heathrow airport terminals, selected mainline train stations, and any centrally located London accommodation. Drop-offs at Heathrow begin between 5:15 PM and 5:45 PM, and the tour aims to drop off in London between 6:45 PM and 7:30 PM. All timings are approximate and subject to traffic and other delays.

Southampton Cruise Terminal to London Direct Transfer

6. Southampton Cruise Terminal to London Direct Transfer

Relax at the end of your cruise and avail of a direct transfer from the cruise ship terminal in Southampton to Heathrow Airport or selected train stations, or hotels in central London if you are planning on staying the night.  Save money with a shared service, scheduled to serve ships operated by Celebrity Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Oceania, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Princess. If your ship is with another cruise line, you can still take advantage of the service by making your own way to the nearest ship on the pick-up list. Get a meet and greet from a driver at the terminal building after disembarkation, and relax in the knowledge that if your ship is delayed, the departure time will be adjusted accordingly. Sit back and relax as you travel by executive vehicle for drop off at hotels and terminals at Heathrow Airport, before continuing to hotels and selected train stations in central London. 

Transfer from Southampton Cruise Terminal to Hotel/Airport

7. Transfer from Southampton Cruise Terminal to Hotel/Airport

This transfer from any cruise terminal from Southampton cruise terminal to London Hotel or London airports makes traveling simple and easy for you. These transfers operate 24 hours, 7 days a week. This shared transfer will take you to your cruise terminal arrival hall to the destination of your choice. Your driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. They will assist you with your luggage, then drive you to your destination while you relax comfortably in the vehicle.

London: City Center and Heathrow to Southampton Transfer

8. London: City Center and Heathrow to Southampton Transfer

Enjoy a stress-free start to your cruise and take advantage of this shared, direct transfer from any London city center hotel, Airbnb property and selected Heathrow Airport hotels, to Southampton cruise terminals. Pickup will begin in Central London from 9:45 AM, and Heathrow hotels from 10:30 AM. You will be contacted shortly after booking with your exact pickup time. Each vehicle will have a maximum of 6 passengers and 4 pickups completed en-route, to ensure a smooth and efficient service. After pickups are completed, you will travel directly to Southampton in a luxury air-conditioned minivan (a journey which takes approximately 2.5 hours), aiming to arrive in Southampton between 1:00PM and 1:30PM. Upon arrival at the cruise terminal in Southampton, you will walk straight to the check-in desk. Porters will then take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered to your cabin (make sure you use the luggage label in your cruise pack to facilitate this).

London to Southern England Cruise Terminals Transfers

9. London to Southern England Cruise Terminals Transfers

Your driver or assistant will meet you at your accommodation, holding a sign with the lead traveler's name on it. The driver will then assist you with your luggage, loading it into the vehicle. The vehicle used is no more than 3 years old. Sufficient time will be allowed for any traffic delays, ensuring that you arrive on time.  Enjoy the English countryside as you travel to the cruise port. The driver will once more assist you with your luggage and bid you farewell as you board the cruise ship.

Private Transfer from London to the Port of Southampton

10. Private Transfer from London to the Port of Southampton

Book this private transport service for the best way to get from your hotel or accommodation in London to the Port of Southampton. Your driver will be waiting in your hotel lobby holding a sign with the lead traveler's name on it and assist you with your luggage. Sufficient time will be given for any traffic delays to make sure you’re on time. Admire the England countryside as you cruise along the roads and arrive at your destination, Southampton Port, in a timely manner. Your driver will once more assist you with your luggage and bid you farewell as you board your cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Southampton

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 146 reviews

I thought I was going to be able to get the entrance tickets for Stonehenge and Windsor Castle from the guide, but that wasn't the case. While we were able to get entrance tickets to Stonehenge when we arrived, we were not able to get entrance tickets to Windsor Castle because it was sold out. I was very disappointed to not be able to go into Windsor Castle.

Prompt pickup at the hotel. Enjoyable ride with a stop for the toilet and coffee. Information about the region and Stonehenge from our guide. The museum is very well done and did a wonderful job explaining the site.

Our guide, Brian was amazing ! I would take a tour with him anytime.

Easy transfer, good communication coordinating pickup.

Easy to book pick up and transportation to London.