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London (Southampton), England
Cruises from Southampton depart year-round.
Southampton is a coastal city located in southern England, about 70 miles southwest of London. The city is a major cruise departure port and one of the country’s largest commercial ports. Visitors will find the longest surviving stretch of medieval walls in England and museums such as Tudor House and Garden, the maritime SeaCity Museum and the aviation-focused Solent Sky. Many London tours hit the highlights, from the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and the Crown Jewels display at the Tower of London, to a cruise along the River Thames and a ride on the world-famous London Eye, a 443-foot Ferris wheel offering bird’s-eye views of the capital city. It also is a great starting point for countryside excursions to the mysterious structures at Stonehenge as well as the towns of Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.
Driving Directions and Port Information
Port of Southampton
Mayflower Cruise Terminal/City Cruise Terminal
From/To: London Heathrow/Pier (Southampton)
From/To: London Gatwick/Pier (Southampton)
From/To: Victoria Coach Station/Pier (Southampton)
Train transportation is available - South West Trains operate from London Waterloo direct to Southampton Central Station approximately every 30 minutes. Travel time is approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. Directions from Airport
From London Heathrow: Take M4 toward Central London/M25, follow the direction to M3 toward Southampton. From M3 follow the sign to M27 West Junction 3 onto M271 to signposted Southampton. Follow the signs to Eastern Docks for the Ocean Cruise Terminal, follow the signs to Dock Gate 10 for the Mayflower Terminal or follow the signs to Dock Gate 4 for the Queen Elizabeth Terminal.
From London Gatwick: Take M23 to M25. Continue on M25 and exit on M3 toward Basingstoke/Southampton. From M3 follow the sign to M27 West to Junction 3 onto M271 to signposted Southampton. Follow the signs to Eastern Docks for the Ocean Cruise Terminal, follow the signs to Dock Gate 10 for the Mayflower Terminal or follow the signs to Dock Gate 4 for the Queen Elizabeth Terminal.
Directions by Rail - Direct train services link Southampton with many parts of the UK. South West Train operates 15-minute interval daytime fast service between London Waterloo and Southampton Central. Longer distance services provide direct links with Bristol, South Wales, the Midlands, the North and Scotland.
From outside the train station (southside and signed for Red Funnel and Isle of Wight) you can either use a taxi, or there is a free CityLink bus service (green coloured bus) which runs every 10-15 minutes between the rail station and Town Quay.