Portsmouth Harbour is the small terminal adjacent to Portsmouth Harbour railway station for fast services to and from the Isle of Wight.
Not to be confused with Portsmouth International Port, this small terminal is used by commuters heading to the mainland for work or by tourists looking to day trip to the Isle of Wight. The fast services are designed for foot passengers only.
Portsmouth Harbour is where the British Royal Navy decided to call home, and it has done since the Middle Ages – although it wasn’t exactly the British Royal Navy at that time. It’s because of the way the harbour narrows at the entrance, making it almost impossible to launch an attack against it. There are also a number of forts around the harbour, which were built to prevent any kind of invasion; the first of these to be built was Portchester Castle, which dates back to the Roman era.
Attractions nearby include the soaring Spinnaker Tower, HMS Warrior, National Museum of the Royal Navy, and the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre.
Ferries from Portsmouth Harbour
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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 Portsmouth Harbour sailing on a cruise ship.
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- Irish Ferries Ireland mini cruise from £38pp
- Day trip to Rosslare with Stena Line from £5.50pp
- Sail to Belfast with Stena Line from £10pp each way
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The Hard, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3PS, United Kingdom
Portsmouth Harbour can be accessed off the B2154. Park Road and Queen Street link this to the A3 road running north to south through the city. The A3 links to the M275. This merges with the M27 that runs west to Southampton. Here the M3 is the link northwards leading to the M25, with links to the M4 via the A34 to Newbury.
The A27 runs eastwards from the top of the M275 and heads across to Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. The A3(M) runs north and turns into the A3, running through Petersfield Gadalming and on to Guildford before feeding into the M25.
Due to the small size of the terminal there's no parking on-site. Parking is available at the nearby Gunwharf Quays shopping centre. When I last checked in May 2016 the price was £20 per 24 hours.
According to the Gunwharf Quays website you can claim a reduced car parking rate of £8 per 24 hours (excluding festival periods) if you travel with Wightlink. You must visit the Car Park office during opening hours with proof of your travel to receive a validated reduce rate ticket.
Getting there by coach
National Express have a stop located at The Hard Interchange mere steps away from the terminal.
Route 030 runs from Fareham to London via Southsea, Portsmouth, and Guildford.
Route 203 connects Portsmouth (and occasionally Southsea) to Heathrow Airport. This stops at Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke.
Route 303 connects Blackpool with Weymouth via Bolton, Liverpool, Chester, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, Oxford, Southampton, Portsmouth, and Bournemouth amongst others.
Route 315 is the link to the South Coast between Eastbourne and Penzance. Stops include Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Exeter, Plymouth, Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell, Truro. Falmouth and St Ives.
Getting there by train
The terminal is situated mere steps away from Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station. The station offers excellent links to London, Basingstoke, Cardiff, Brighton, Eastleigh, and Littlehampton.
These links help facilitate long distance services. London to Portsmouth Harbour takes a mere 1½ hours thanks to direct services. Cardiff is 3½ hours away but also enjoys a direct train route.
Birmingham is up to 4 hours from Portsmouth Harbour and the journey involves at least one train change. Manchester is around 5 hours away and includes two train changes. Edinburgh is a respectable 7½ hours away and also comes with a couple of train changes required to complete the journey.