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Portsmouth Harbour Ryde Ferry reviews

  • "Great experience"

    We had no problems at all with the crossings both to and from the Isle of Wight. The staff were very accommodating and answered all our questions, including about sailing at a time that was different from our tickets, if necessary. We would do it again in a heartbeat. (We did not make use of any catering--see below)

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  • "Professional trip"

    We found the trips very quick and professional,there was a 20 minute delay on the return trip so when you try and arrive in the allotted times I.e. Not more than an hour and not less than half an hour before we were told we had to go away for twenty minutes which was a chore as there are double yellow lines in the road and it's not apparent where you are able to wait which puts you in a position as you worry you may miss the check in..the staff were helpful though and is nice to hear the Captain when onboard...we would use the service with no hesitation in the future..

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  • "All shipshape"

    I've used the Wightlink between Portsmouth and Ryde a few times now and I've been impressed by the smooth, unfussy operation. The ferries have been punctual, ticketing has been smooth, the facilities are good and all the staff I've dealt with have been friendly and helpful.

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  • "Another great crossing"

    Although it's only a 20 minute crossing, it's always a pleasure to travel on the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Having a warn, sunny day and a seat on the sun deck really puts you in the holiday mood.

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Portsmouth Harbour Guide

The English city of Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England, in the county of Hampshire. It is the UK's only island city and is situated around 100 km to the south west of London and 30 km to the east of Southampton. The city's long history is inextricably linked to the sea. It is home to the oldest dry dock in the world still in use and also to famous ships such as HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior. The city is also home to the Royal Marine Commandoes and to a naval base.

The city's port is one of the best connected ports in the United Kingdom, serving nine different destinations. To the south of the Naval Base, you will find the Isle of Wight (Ryde) Passenger Ferry Terminal. The Continental Ferry Terminal is served by ferry services to Le Havre in France and Bilbao in Spain. There are also daily crossings to Cherbourg, Caen and St Malo in France, St Helier in Jersey, St Peter Port in Guernsey and to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.


Ryde Guide

Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight and is often referred to as the "Gateway to the island" due to its prominent position along the shores of the island and its hovercraft and passenger ferry links to the English mainland. Visitors to the town enjoy its lovely sandy beaches which stretch the length of the town, its boutique shops, museums and galleries. As the island's largest town it comes as no surprise to learn that it is also the venue for some of the island's largest annual events. For example, every August bank holiday thousands of scooter enthusiasts descend upon the town for the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally, and just a few weeks later the town's esplanade can be seen draped in classic cars for the International Classic Car Show. Ryde is also home to one of the United Kingdom's oldest carnivals which usually takes place at the end of the summer and forms the end of the Isle of Wight carnival season which travels all over the island. Ryde’s collection of late night bars and clubs also tend to make it one of the most popular spots for nightlife.