Heysham is a charming, peaceful, idyllic seaside village in the Lancaster district.
With its streets lined with 17th century cottages and its award-winning floral displays (Heysham has win Britain in Blooms Gold Small Village award twice), this is a very pretty place indeed. So pretty, in fact, that the renowned artist JMW Turner painted Heysham in the 1790s.
People have lived in the area since the Stone Age, so there is plenty of history to explore including the North West’s most impressive Anglo-Viking sites. Known locally as ‘The Barrows’ this area is considered to be a fine example of an ancient burial ground.
Heysham has a little bit of everything including sand covered beaches with exciting rock pools, extensive swathes of woodland, and open countryside where the fresh air of Lancashire can fill your lungs.
For something entirely different, there is the Heysham Nuclear Power Plant Tour which allows you to entire a real nuclear power station and find out how it works, what it does, and what the future holds.
Ferries from Heysham
|Heysham Douglas||13 weekly||3½ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
Taster Cruise Ship Itineraries
Sorry, no mini cruise routes can be found departing from Heysham sailing on a cruise ship.
Top 3 Cruise & Ferry Deals
- Sail to Belfast with Stena Line from £10pp each way
- 2 for 1 Guernsey mini cruise on Condor Ferries from £32
- P&O Ferries Amsterdam mini cruise from £40pp
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Isle Of Man Steam Packet Company Passenger Terminal, South Quay, Heysham, Lancashire, LA3 2XE, United Kingdom
The ferry terminal sits to the south of Heysham village and is well signposted. The A683 is the main road that links to the port and this connects to the M6 via Lancaster.
The terminal is a short distance from Morecambe and is perfectly located for residents of Lancashire, Cumbria, and West Yorkshire looking for a short break to the Isle of Man.
As a guide, Heysham ferry terminal is approximately a 50 minute drive from Kendal, and an hour from Preston. It's 1½ hours away from Liverpool and Manchester, 2 hours from Leeds, and 2½ hours from York, Birmingham and Newcastle upon Tyne.
There is limited car parking available at the port which cannot be pre-booked. When I last checked in May 2016 the charge was £9.50 per 24 hours.
Getting there by coach
Take route 570 operated by National Express to travel from London to either Lancaster or Morecambe by coach. The service runs from central London through Coventry, Birmingham, Preston, and Blackpool, amongst others. The route runs in full from London to Whitehaven. It takes around seven hours between London and Morecambe. From Lancaster or Morecambe you'd need to take a local bus or taxi to the terminal. Book your tickets here.
Getting there by train
Heysham Harbour railway station is located next to the passenger terminal. Northern Trains manage the station and run services to Leeds, via Morecambe, Bare Lane, Lancaster, Carnforth, Wennington, Bentham, Clapham (North Yorkshire), Giggleswick, Long Preston, Hellifield, Gargrave, Skipton, Keighley, Bingley, and Shipley (Yorkshire).
National train services often connect through Lancaster or Leeds so it's possible to travel to Heysham Harbour train station from as far away as London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh in under five hours. Most long journeys require two or three train changes. Plan your journey here.