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Hertz in Southampton

The sea is in Southampton’s blood. This south-coast city has a long, proud nautical tradition stretching back centuries. The Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower sailed from Southampton in 1620 and it was from here that the Titanic embarked on its ill-fated maiden voyage. Not surprising, then, that it used to be known as the Gateway to the World.

Today, Southampton remains a launch pad for discovery, opening the door to exploration of much of the south of the UK and its most popular attractions, such as the ancient cathedral city of Winchester, the picture-postcard New Forest, the historical treasures of Portsmouth and the olde-worlde charm of the Isle of Wight.

Hire a car at our convenient locations throughout the city or at Southampton Airport and get out to explore all of this and more. But don’t miss the chance to explore the sights of Southampton itself. The historical port has many ancient buildings to muse over, medieval town walls to wander and that sea-faring past to be discovered at the fascinating SeaCity Museum.

Hertz Southampton Locations

Southampton International Airport

Terminal Building,
Hampshire

+44-(0)-843-309-3069*

West Quay Industrial Estate

West Quay Road
+44-(0)-843-309-3070*

Southampton Central Railway Station

West Quay Road,
West Quay Industrial Estate

+44-(0)-843-309-3070*

NXP Soton

Milbrook Industrial Estate

A quick guide to Southampton

Southampton has plenty of historical interest for the curious visitor, both nautical and for land lubbers, and on its doorstep lie even greater treasures in the surrounding towns, cities and countryside. 

Revisiting the past

The Titanic famously set sail from Southampton docks on its maiden voyage. Visit the fascinating SeaCity Museum and meander through the story of the city’s historical connections with the ship through powerful oral testimony from survivors and a variety of poignant exhibits.

Afterwards, head past the shiny new WestQuay shopping centre and arrive at Bargate, a Grade-I listed Norman gatehouse and the main entrance to the medieval part of town. It was built as part of the walls that stretched for over a mile around the town. Nearly half of the original walls can still be seen, along with 13 towers and six gates. Make sure you also visit Southampton’s most important historic building, the late 15th-Century Tudor House, and gain a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of its residents and of the city itself.

Wind your way to Winchester

The past still echoes loudly around the ancient walls of the cathedral city of Winchester, one of the county’s great historical attractions. It was the capital of Saxon kings and a power base of bishops, and inextricably linked with two of England's most famous kings, Alfred the Great and Arthur (of the round table). Wander through Winchester's narrow streets and marvel at the handsome Elizabethan and Regency buildings that line your way, many of them beautifully preserved. At its heart stands one of England’s most awe-inspiring buildings, the 12th-century Gothic Cathedral.

Naval gazing

Just a short drive away from Southampton lies the rejuvenated port city of Portsmouth, another place with a strong maritime heritage. The big draw is undoubtedly Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, which was raised from the sea bed in 1982. A £35-million museum has been built around her, giving close-up views of her massive hull. You can also see the 16th-century warship from tiered galleries that faithfully reconstruct life on each deck.

Don’t miss seeing HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's legendary flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Climb below deck and visit the crew's quarters for an incredibly evocative experience. There are yet more seaborne attractions in Portsmouth’s harbour, including the Victorian HMS Warrior and Second World War-era submarine HMS Alliance. The Spinnaker Tower soars 170m above Gunwharf Quays with spectacular views from the top of Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and the South Downs.

Country fare

In Hampshire's south-western corner are the open heath and woods of the New Forest, designated as a royal hunting ground in 1079 by William the Conqueror. England’s newest national park is a joy to explore. See if you can spot legendary wild ponies, which roam freely, while you make your way through country villages that dot the landscape, connected by a web of walking and cycling trails. The Fox and Hounds in picturesque Lyndhurst is a great option for a tasty lunch in a real country pub.

Beside the seaside

Anchored off the mouth of the Solent and reached by ferry from Southampton or Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight has been a magnet for family holidays for many years. The island’s great appeal remains its mild climate and its stunning 113-km-long coastline lined with beaches, dramatic white cliffs and tranquil sand dunes, punctuated by charming seaside resorts. Exploring the undulating roads and lanes of this timeless holiday favourite in your rental car from Southampton is a rare pleasure not to be missed.

Driving in and around…

It’s not just sea lanes that head to Southampton – it’s also very well connected by road. Getting around the city will present no problems and getting out and exploring the surrounding area is straightforward. We have a couple of pick-up locations in the city and one at Southampton Airport, which is just a short drive away, only 7 km north of the city by the M27 motorway. The M27 is the fastest route to the neighbouring city of Portsmouth, whose maritime attractions are only a 30-minute drive away.

The magnificent medieval city of Winchester is also half an hour away, via the M3 motorway which starts at the M27. The M3 continues north-east towards London and meets the M25 London Orbital. You can be in the centre of London in less than two hours from Southampton.

To explore the bucolic pleasures of the New Forest, take the A33 and A35 west from the city centre, then cross the River Test and follow signs to the charming village of Lyndhurst, which is only 25 minutes away. Car ferries to the delightfu Isle of Wight depart from Southampton’s docks. It’s a 25-minute crossing to the yachting centre of Cowes.

There are plenty of parking spaces in the centre of Southampton. Pay and display zones operate Monday-Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sundays and Bank holidays 1pm to 6pm. Outside these times, on-street parking is free. There are several large car parks around the city, including at WestQuay shopping centre, Ocean Village Marina and along the Western Esplanade between the main railway station and WestQuay.

Speed limits vary within the city, with a top limit of 30 miles per hour in most built-up areas, increasing to 70mph on UK motorways. If you have any specific queries about driving in Southampton and the UK, our local teams will be delighted to help you.

HERTZ SOUTHAMPTON LOCATIONS

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Southampton International Airport

Address:Terminal Building,
Hampshire

Phone:+44 (0) 843 309 3069**

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-2100, Sa 0730-1900, Su 0930-2100

West Quay Industrial Estate

Address:West Quay Road

Phone:+44 (0) 843 309 3070**

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa-Su 0800-1300. From 1 November 2018: Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed

Southampton Central Railway Station

Address:West Quay Road,
West Quay Industrial Estate

Phone:+44 (0) 843 309 3070**

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0900-1700, Sa 1000-1200, Su closed

NXP Soton

Address:Milbrook Industrial Estate

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1800 Sa 0900-1300 Su closed