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  • Couple looking out over the harbour
  • Condor Ferry coming in to harbour
  • Lord Nelson
  • Portsmouth Harbour
  • Statue of King George III in Weymouth

The South Coast of England

Staying overnight before your sea crossing?

If you have a reasonably long journey to get to your departure port, it may be wise to consider overnight accommodation near the ferry terminal. You could also consider extending your holiday and spend a little time exploring this side of the Channel.

Condor Ferries’ high speed catamaran operates from Poole and Weymouth and is situated in the picturesque county of Dorset, famous for sharing its Jurassic coastline with East Devon and being England’s first world heritage site. Poole harbour lays claim, along with several other harbours, to being the world’s second largest natural harbour but is probably more famed amongst locals for its bottlenose dolphins.

Weymouth harbour is situated in the bustling Georgian town of Weymouth, with its long golden beach and traditional seaside atmosphere with donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and sand sculpting, all taking place in the summer months. Along with the neighbouring ‘Isle’ of Portland, Weymouth hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.

Condor Ferries’ traditional ferry service operates from the city of Portsmouth in Hampshire and is the only ‘Island City’ in the UK. Probably better known for naval connections, Portsmouth also has the world’s oldest dry dock, home to famous ships such as The Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and Nelson’s HMS Victory. Portsmouth is still a major Royal Navy port and dockyard today and hosts the headquarters for the Royal Marine Commandos.

Things To Do in Portsmouth

Spinnaker Tower

View things differently at the top of Spinnaker Tower – Britain’s best viewing tower, located in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Discover one of the most fascinating sea and landscapes, spanning 23 miles and over 1700 years of history with the new i-VIEW interactive interpretation. Plus venture across the amazing glass Sky Walk, 100 metres above the waves! Book online and save 15%.

Things To Do in Dorset and Hampshire

Treasure Trails

If you are looking for something new to do with friends and family then why not try a self-guided, themed Treasure Trail – they offer an imaginative and fun way to explore – and learn about – the great outdoors. They are ideal for discovering more about where you live or for taking on holiday.