A short walk from the West Quay Shopping Centre is the Southampton City Art Gallery. Entrance to the Southampton City Art Gallery is free and there’s a fascinating programme of exhibitions.
The Spitfire, the famous fighter plane, was designed and developed in Southampton. You can see the important role the city played in the history of flight at Solent Sky, the Museum of Aviation. Further more, if you plan on visiting the city or anywhere else in the south of England, Southampton Airport is serviced by connections from around the U.K. and many of the largest cities in Europe.
Whether you are taking a luxury cruise or just travelling across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, why not stay in a local hotel the night before - or after - your trip? Wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your holiday, or the drive / flight home. Park your car securely at the hotel from where you can enjoy direct transfers to and from Southampton Docks. Shuttles also available from Southampton Airport.
Southampton is a busy port city, and as such has numerous sea links to countries across the world, however the port is mainly used for freight (particularly containers) and cruises. There are no international ferry services, however regular vehicle and passenger ferries operate to Cowes on the nearby Isle Of Wight and the village of Hythe across the water.
Red Funnel Ferry have two ferry terminals in Southampton: -
Passenger Vehicle Ferry Service
Southampton to East Cowes
Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, SO14 2AL.
Red Jet Hi-Speed Foot Passenger Service
Southampton to West Cowes
Terminal 2, Town Quay, SO14 2AQ.
Red Funnel's Red Jet Hi-Speed service, in conjunction with South West Train's Southampton-London Waterloo service is the quickest route to the Isle of Wight from London.
Parking is available at the Town Quay Triangle car park off Platform Road and Town Quay Road. The City Council operate other public car parks in the Waterfront area.