Southampton Central is this bustling south-coast city's main station; it also houses South West Trains' head office and a British Transport Police station. Opened in 1895, and rebuilt in 1966, the station had a major £2.4 million further face-lift in 2009, drawing on art deco styling to welcome passengers from all over the country: London, Gatwick Airport, Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton.
Arriving about 20 minutes' walk from the city centre, in Blechynden Terrace, visitors have just a short hop (or bus ride) into the thick of the action. In the Cultural Quarter, the interactive SeaCity Museum traces the city's Titanic heritage; in the charming Old Town, the Tudor House and Garden covers over 900 years of history and is Southampton's most important historic building, and the internationally renowned Southampton City Art Gallery is well worth a visit. The Town Quay, a key departure point for ferries to the Isle of Wight, is a short bus ride away from the station.