Direct transfer prices between Southampton and central London in a saloon car (allow around two hours) start at £235; between Southampton and Heathrow Airport at £220 and between Southampton and Gatwick Airport at £240. Minibus transfers are also available. The final cost depends on the size of vehicle and the exact pick up and drop off points. Prices are based on parties of between one and four people.
A half-day to spare will allow you to see one of the following: Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), Winchester (to explore the life and death of novelist Jane Austen), or the magnificent stately homes and gardens in the county of Surrey. Prices are from £530.
With more time to explore, on a journey from Southampton to London you have plenty of options:
From Southampton to central London takes around two hours. On this tour you will see the Houses of Parliament and learn how the UK’s parliamentary system works; Westminster Abbey, the venue for coronations, royal weddings and funerals and the resting place of monarchs, and 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister. At Buckingham Palace, you may be lucky enough to see the Changing of the Guard. In the City of London, where Londinium was founded by the Romans almost 2000 years ago, the main attraction is the Tower of London, which has borne witness to some of the most dramatic events in British history. It has been used as a mint, an observatory, a zoo and a place of execution. The main exhibit in the castle is the Crown Jewels, the world’s most magnificent set of royal regalia which are still used by HM The Queen at important ceremonies. Nearby is St Paul’s Cathedral, a site of Christian worship for 1400 years. The present church was completed in 1710 and was the venue for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Crossing to the south side of the River Thames, you will see the Tate Modern museum of modern art and the replica Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
From Southampton to Stonehenge takes about 50 minutes. Begun around 3000 BCE, Stonehenge is Britain’s most famous prehistoric monument and on many people’s “bucket list” of places to visit.
Numerous theories have been put forward about the original meaning and purpose of the stones but their orientation to the rising and setting sun at the winter and summer solstices is clearly hugely significant. The oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor has been a home to British monarchs for almost 1000 years and is now the favourite weekend retreat of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The State Apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the royal collection.
From Southampton to Highclere takes about 50 minutes Set among 1000 acres of parkland and woods, Highclere is one of Britain’s finest Victorian buildings. The Carnarvon family (the 5th Earl, along with Howard Carter, discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt in 1922) has lived here since the 17th century. The present house was, however, designed in 1842 by Sir Charles Barry who was also responsible for the Houses of Parliament in London. In the hugely popular TV series Downton Abbey, the Castle is used for the exterior shots and for much of the interior “upstairs” filming. Highclere can also be combined with Stonehenge instead of Windsor. See above for more information.
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