About Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant and well-connected, dynamic city.

In addition to its historic walls, Southampton is also famous for its association with the RMS Titanic and the Spitfire. It was also one of the departure points for D-Day and today, as the homeport of a number of the largest cruise ships in the world.

One of Britain’s top five cities for economic growth

£1.6bn has gone into developing the city, with the new Cultural Centre and £70 million leisure complex. This facility includes new entertainment venues, restaurants, cafes, a luxury cinema and shops. This is part of a £3bn masterplan to help develop and improve the city.

Central hub for travelling

Visitors can travel to cities across the south by train or ferry such as Bournemouth, Brighton, London and Portsmouth from Southampton Central train station. Southampton Airport and Red Funnel ferries give access to international locations.

Entertainment and culture

Southampton is home to four venues where you can see plays, performances and musicians: The Mayflower, The O2 Guildhall, The Point and the Nuffield Theatre, which is supported by the University of Southampton and located at Highfield Campus. The O2 Guildhall and The Joiners have hosted some of Britain’s most popular bands.

There are four cinemas in the city centre and one on Highfield Campus, all connected by Uni Link bus network.