Have you ever wondered how you would get to the other side of Portsmouth harbour and what you would find when you got there?
If you wanted you could drive there or take a bus, but that would take quite a long time despite the comparatively short distance. By far the best way to get there is to travel across the water using the Gosport Ferry. This incredibly efficient service runs nearly every day of the year from early in the morning to Midnight. It takes just 4 minutes to cross from one side to the other. The ferry departs every 7.5 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes between these times. In terms of value for money, the crossing is surely one of the best, at just £3.60 for a return trip.
Once aboard the distinctive green and white ferry, it’s best to go up the internal stairs to the top of the ferry where you will be outside. From here you will get a really spectacular view of both Portsmouth and Gosport. As you cross to the Gosport side look back at Portsmouth. You’ll see the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, the Historic Dockyard and Old Portsmouth. In the harbour itself, you’ll see lots of commercial vessels, pleasure boats, other ferries, including ones going to the Isle of Wight, France and even Sapin, and military ships, including Britain’s newest naval ship the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Be sure to take some pictures!
Once you get to the Gosport side you’ll find a lot to do. There are four very good museums. There is the Submarine museum, which includes one of the world’s first ever submarines, Explosion! the Royal navy’s museum of firepower, the Navy’s diving museum and a truly, very British museum, the Hovercraft Museum. Take the opportunity to walk along Gosport’s 3km long Waterfront Trail from where you’ll again get great views of Portsmouth. If you need to find out more about Gosport and how to get around, head towards the Tourist Information Office, with its very welcoming and informative staff, which you’ll find very near where you get off the ferry.
So, have a good time over on the other side of the harbour, but do remember to come back!
Below are some photos we took on a recent trip over to Gosport to show what you can see: