A pleasant city, Southampton has four cruise terminals. The Ocean Cruise Terminal and City Cruise Terminal are within walking distance of town as well as to the free Citylink bus that runs through town every 15 minutes and will take you to the train station. The QEII Cruise Terminal and Mayflower Cruise Terminal are too far from the town or railroad station to walk so consider a taxi. Also, check with your cruise ship as it may offer a free shuttle into town. Public bus stops are 5 to 25 minutes away depending on the terminal with QEII and Mayflower Cruise Terminals being the furthest away. All the cruise terminals have similar facilities and offer WCs, café, and taxi stand. Wifi may be available at some but ATMs are unlikely.
Southampton itself has little to visit but two possibilities exist: the Sea City Museum next to the Civic Center, and the Tudor House and Gardens. The museum features an exhibit on the Titanic with a multimedia approach. Another exhibit traces the history of Southampton from prehistoric days to the present. Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and costs about $15. The Tudor House and Gardens includes a 520-year old restored house with ample exhibits and an audioguide. Open daily 10:00 AM to 6:00; about $8. A combination ticket for museum and house is about $22.00.
If you have time, you might consider a trip to:
1. London-1.25 hours away by train. Trains leave Southampton for London’s Waterloo Station every 30 minutes, but other slower trains are also available. Cost is about $40 round trip, $37 one way.
2. Portsmouth-50 minutes. Trains leave Southampton hourly for Portsmouth’s train station which is within walking distance of the sites. Cost is about $20 for a same day round trip, and only slightly less for a one way ticket.
When returning to Southampton, get off at the Southampton Central Station, not the airport station.
Internet can be found free at the library in the Civic Center or at Costa coffee shops for the price of a purchase. ATMs can be found in the town center but train tickets and most taxi cabs can be paid for with credit cards.