The International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2021) will be held in the adjoining venues situated within Guildhall Square in Southampton city centre; the MAST Mayflower Studios and the John Hansard Gallery. Guildhall Square is sited within the Southampton City Centre Cultural Quarter, within close proximity to the Southampton City Art Gallery and the SeaCity Museum. and Southampton Central train station.

The venue is close to Southampton Central train station and the National Express Bus Station – both of which have direct links to Heathrow and Gatwick International Airport. The area is also served by the local bus network such as UniLink and BlueStar

The venue is also in close proximity to hotels and eateries such as those in Bedford Place and West Quay Shopping Centre, which has over 30 restaurants open unitl late.  

More information about the venue can be found here, and the area can be explored on Google Maps or via the walking map. Please see below for travel advice by car, rail, bus, walking or air.

By Air

Southampton International Airport is a short bus ride from the city centre (Unilink bus: U1, £2.20 single/£3.70 all-day pass) or taxi (usually around £7-10), off junction 5 of the M27. There are flights to Southampton from UK airports, mainland Europe and the Channel Islands.

London Heathrow Airport is just over 60 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach direct to Southampton from the central bus station, located close to Terminals 1, 2 and 3. You can also travel by train from Heathrow to Paddington in central London. From London, you can take a train to Southampton. For more details see the National Rail website.

London Gatwick Airport is nearly 90 miles from Southampton. You can catch a National Express coach direct to Southampton Coach Station. You can also catch a direct train from Gatwick Airport to Southampton Central. For more details see the National Rail website.

Taxis to/from London airports

The following local companies provide a taxi service between Southampton and the London airports:

By car

  • Postcode for satnav: SO14 7DU
  • Visitor parking: should you require parking during the conference, please use the Southampton City Council interactive map to plan your journey. Please note that while there is ample city-centre parking, there is no long-stay parking directly on-site.
  • From the M3: Exit at junction 14 – follow direction to the City Centre down the Avenue and check direction to parking
  • From the M27: Exit at junction 5 – follow the A335 on to Onslow Rd and check direction to parking

By Rail

Fast trains from London and Bournemouth/Weymouth stop at Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway. Trains from Portsmouth and Bristol/South Wales stop at Southampton Central. There are also regular trains from major airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow to Southampton Central. From Gatwick there are direct trains to Southampton Central Train Station. From Heathrow, take the bus to Clapham Junction and then take the direct train to Southampton Central Train Station. Details of routes and timetables can be found on the National Rail website.

MAST is 0.5 miles from Southampton Central Train Station, and 3.8 miles from Southampton Airport Parkway. You can get the Unilink bus: U1 from either of these stations stopping at the Cenotaph (2 minutes walk from the venue) and it is 5-10 minute walk from Southampton Central Train Station to the venue.

By Bus or Coach

National Express provides regular coach services to Southampton from central London, Heathrow, Birmingham, Bournemouth and the north. Southampton Coach Station is at Western Esplanade, only 0.3 miles from the venue.

MAST is easily accessible using our Unilink bus service. Unilink buses go from Southampton Airport, Southampton central train station, the city centre, the National Oceanography Centre and Southampton General Hospital. You can find timetables and route maps on the Unilink website.The Unilink bus fare is £2.20 for a single or £3.70 for an all-day pass.

By Walking or Cycling

For full information on walking and cycling, see the city centre walking map and the city bike guide.