Southampton welcomes over 2 million cruise passengers a year as well as the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving by plane, train and coach.
The city boasts a wealth of fascinating experiences that are available to visitors within a relatively small radius, making it perfect for group travel. As well as the heritage, culture and leisure pursuits found within the city centre, Southampton is also ideally located to serve as a base from which to visit other popular destinations further afield.
A guided tour is the most interesting and enjoyable way to explore a destination as it brings to life the place, the people and its history. There is an excellent choice of knowledgeable guides in Southampton, including those affiliated to See Southampton and Southampton Tourist Guide Association.
Southampton has plenty of venues able to host large groups, including hotels, restaurants, theatres and attractions. Destination Southampton Conference Bureau can assist with group bookings for hotels and restaurants and there is plenty of coach parking available in the city (see below).
The guide below has been produced especially for cruise companies wishing to offer their passengers an exciting and engaging excursion in Southampton and the surrounding area.
Free coach parking is offered at several locations across the city. This applies for coaches wishing to stop for up to ten hours.
Coach (Bus) Stop for picking up/setting down passengers:
Coach (Bus) Parking places for up to 10 hour parking. These facilities are intended for long stay Coach parking with a maximum stay of 10 hours no return same day:
Coach parking up to 4 hours, no return the same day Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm
For queries on all of the above contact Southampton City Council call 023 8083 3008 (lines are open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm. Closed Bank Holidays) or visit Southampton City Council’s website http://www.southampton.gov.uk/roads-parking/parking/