Located on the eastern bank of the River Itchen, Woolston is a suburb of Southampton, bounded by the river, Sholing, Peartree Green, Itchen and Weston.

The area is rich in maritime and aviation history. The ancient hamlet grew as new industries, roads and railways came to the area in the Victorian era with Woolston being formally incorporated into the borough of Southampton in 1920. Building of the Itchen Bridge in the 1970s, to link Woolston with the City Centre, required the demolition of old terraces to make room for the new structure. The station that served passengers boarding and departing the Woolston ferry was also demolished to make way for new townhouses.

Woolston is again experiencing a period of major change, with the construction of Centenary Quay on the site of the former Vosper Thorneycroft shipyard which built many frigates and destroyers for the Royal Navy and other navies around the World.