Southampton is a world-class port and one of Britain's busiest, both for freight and for passenger ships.
Southampton is a major port on the English south coast. Like nearby Portsmouth, Southampton has a long and proud history of seafaring and shipbuilding. But, whereas its neighbour’s economy still relies heavily on shipbuilding and its naval connections, ‘Soton’, as it is known by the locals, has become a world-class port, handling enormous amounts of freight and some of the largest and most luxurious cruise liners, all of which has led to a demand for serviced apartments in Southampton.
Southampton has a rich heritage and distinctive character. Visitors here can take a look at Tudor House Museum and Gardens, which homes a wide range of fascinating artefacts. Here you could experience a wealth of history, viewing everything from medieval jewellery to Victorian stuffed birds. Southampton Maritime Museum is another great day out, and it’s also worth trying out God’s House Tower, an archaeological museum situated on one of the city walls. In fact, on that point, Southampton has the third longest stretch of medieval defensive walls in England.
For more recent history, an interesting place to visit is Andrews Park, where there is a Titanic Memorial. The fateful luxury liner pulled away from White Star Dock in Southampton on 10th of April 1912 for her maiden voyage.
If you are a literature lover, you can follow the Jane Austen trail through the old town of Southampton, as the classic novelist a famous Sotonian. Her family house overlooked the old town walls.
With more than four million visitors a year, Southampton is known as the cruise capital of Europe. Accommodation in Southampton varies from short-term lets to aparthotels and the city plenty of entertainment to offer those coming to stay. It has vibrant and active nightlife, with bars and restaurants ready and waiting for visitors. In Southampton, you can visit numerous music venues, award-winning parks and green spaces, fantastic marina and a diverse city centre with great shopping facilities. West Quay is one of the biggest shopping centres in Southern England. The city even has a small airport located in Eastleigh that offers flights to Amsterdam and Paris.
The city is only 75 miles from London, with excellent rail and road links and its own airport. Although heavily targeted during the blitz, Southampton has not suffered as much in post-war reconstruction as many other cities, resulting in a city with a fresh, modern feel about its buildings, and helping to make it an attractive place for visitors, who find serviced apartments a more flexible option to staying in hotels.
Our Southampton short stay apartments offer safe and affordable living in a variety of locations around the city. These self-catering apartments provide a spacious environment so that corporate travellers visiting Southampton can make the most of their time there.
Southampton has a large railway station which offers frequent inter-city connections.
South West Trains offers an hourly service to London Waterloo via Winchester and Basingstoke. Southern Trains also operates a slower service to London Victoria and London Gatwick.
First Great Western provides services to Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Sailsbury.
Southampton has excellent local and national bus links.
Local bus operators include Uni-Link, Solent Blue Line, First and Wilts and Dorset, which connect visitors to the surrounding local area, as well as the university campus. Mega bus trains operate twice daily from London Victoria Coach Station. The National Express also runs regular direct services to London Victoria.
The city has its own airport, Southampton International.
This is located just a short distance outside of the city, in Eastleigh. The airport is fairly small and offers UK regional flights, as well as some European ones. The UK’s largest Airport, London Heathrow, is 60 miles away and can be accessed by the M4, M25, or the M3.
London Gatwick is also accessible via the motorway, there and an hourly train service, which takes just under two hours.