England, United Kingdom
Fishbourne is a port on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight and about 8 km from the capital of Newport. On Ferryhopper, you can take a look at available ferry routes from/to the port of Fishbourne and the best tips about the Isle of Wight.
Read our suggestions for your stay in the Isle of Wight and find useful information about the port of Fishbourne:
Ferry pictured off the coast of the Isle of Wight
Fishbourne ferry port
Fishbourne port is the first port of call for many car and foot passengers arriving by ferry to the Isle of Wight from the mainland. The port is well-connected to the rest of the island by road.
The port has a small terminal building with a few basic amenities, including a café, a customer service point, as well as toilet and baby changing facilities. A large, family-friendly pub can also be found near the port.
Ferries from Fishbourne port: schedules and tickets
Fishbourne is connected daily with the port of Portsmouth in southern England. Here, you can find more information about the ferry route from the Isle of Wight:
- Fishbourne (Isle of Wight) - Portsmouth ferry: the Fishbourne - Portsmouth ferry connection is served up to 27 times daily all year round. The route is operated by the ferry company Wightlink. The ferry trip lasts about 45 minutes and tickets start at around €19.
Tip: Fishbourne isn’t the only port on the Isle of Wight. The other 3 main ports include Yarmouth, Cowes and Ryde.
Where is the ferry port in Fishbourne?
The port of Fishbourne is positioned by the mouth of Wootton Creek. More specifically, it’s situated on Fishbourne Lane, which is just off the A3054 road that runs along the northern coast of the island.
How to get to Fishbourne port?
The port of Fishbourne is located only a 10 minute drive from the popular seaside town of Ryde and a 15 minute drive from Newport, the capital.
Alternatively, you can also reach it by bus. Kite Hill, which is about a 15 minute walk away, is the closest bus stop to the port. It is serviced by Southern Vectis bus Route 9, which links Newport and Ryde.
The majestic Quarr Abbey, one of the hidden gems on the Isle of Wight
Vacation in Fishbourne
Fishbourne is a small village on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England. In fact, it is known primarily as the gateway to the Isle of Wight, with excellent transport links.
This laid-back community is located on the north-west of the island's capital, Newport, and just east of the well-known seaside town of Ryde. Fishbourne is seen as a coastal retreat and a hidden gem thanks to its spectacular views over the Solent and peaceful coastal walks. It is especially popular among boating enthusiasts, hikers and history lovers.
How to get to Fishbourne
The easiest way to get to Fishbourne is by taking the ferry from Portsmouth. This is, after all, the most appropriate way to visit the English Channel and boost your holiday mood!
If you wish to travel by plane, the regional airports in Southampton and Bournemouth are the closest ones to the port of Portsmouth. For international flights, consider flying into Gatwick or Heathrow in London instead.
What to do in Fishbourne
When you arrive in Fishbourne, before heading on to explore the rest of the Isle of Wight, make sure to visit Quarr Abbey, one of the most popular destinations on the island with a fascinating past. The abbey, which is home to several Benedictine monks, can be found not far from Fishbourne Port. Admire the building's stunning architecture and then head to the farm shop and tea garden. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the island's famous red squirrels.
Aside from Quarr Abbey, during your stay in Fishbourne we recommend renting a boat to go fishing or simply to soak up the sun on the marina’s charming quayside. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, this village is surrounded by typical British countryside and is, therefore, great for leisurely walks.
Fun fact: did you know that the Isle of Wight hosts one of the oldest sailing events in the world, Cowes Week? Whether or not you are a sailor, the first week of August is a great time to visit the island as there’s plenty of onshore entertainment too.
Sailing on the Isle of Wight
Sightseeing in Fishbourne
Due to its small size, Fishbourne doesn’t offer a wide variety of attractions. However, there are plenty of interesting sights within easy reach of the picturesque village. Here is a list of the best things to do in Fishbourne and the surrounding area:
- Quarr Abbey, home to a group of Benedictine monks, it is one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular destinations
- The Osborne House, a former royal residence located just 7 km from Fishbourne
- The Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle
- The Ventnor Botanic Garden, around 30 minutes’ drive from Fisbourne, it is considered Britain's hottest garden
- The Shanklin Chine, one of the oldest attractions on the Isle of Wight and a paradise of unspoiled natural beauty, lush vegetation and waterfalls
- The Dinosaur Isle, for those who are interested in learning more about the history of these amazing animals
- The Blackgang Chine, the oldest amusement park in the United Kingdom and a fabulous day out for families with kids
- Robin Hill, an area rich with gardens, wildlife and adventurous outdoor activities
Nightlife in Fishbourne
As a small village and a peaceful place to visit during the day, Fishbourne does not have many options for nightclubs and bars. However, there are some places of interest, such as The Fishbourne, a traditional pub situated next to the ferry terminal.
If you want to experience a more vibrant nightlife on the Isle of Wight, we recommend visiting the nearby town of Ryde or the island’s capital, Newport.
Fun fact: the Isle of Wight is known as the carnival capital of the United Kingdom. But that’s not all! It also hosts one of the most popular music festivals in the country! Therefore, make sure to check what events are taking place before catching the ferry to Fishbourne.
Food in Fishbourne
The food on the Isle of Wight combines the best of both worlds: exquisite plant-based dishes and top-notch, fresh seafood!
One of the island’s signature ingredients is crabmeat, used in several recipes, such as the famous crab pasty. Other local delicacies include the Isle of Wight Blue (an award-winning soft blue cheese), and, for those with a sweet tooth, the Isle of Wight doughnuts (filled with currants or apples).
Useful information about Fishbourne
Across the Isle of Wight, you can find all essential visitor amenities for a pleasant stay. As a small village, Fishbourne has limited accommodation options and medical services. The nearest hospital is St. Mary’s in Newport, which is approximately a 15-minute drive away.
Overall, the main towns of Ryde and Newport have the most to offer.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Fishbourne
We have gathered a few useful phone numbers for your stay in Fishbourne:
- Isle of Wight NHS Trust (hospital): +441983822099
- St Mary's Hospital: +441983822099
- Hampshire & Isle of Wight police: +441962841534
- Southern Vecti (bus services): +443300539182
- Urgent health advice: 111
- Emergency phone number: 999
Transportation in Fishbourne
During your stay in Fishbourne, you can easily get around on foot, since most attractions and amenities are within walking distance. Another option is to rent a bike. There are several cycle routes that pass through Fishbourne and the surrounding areas, providing a great way to explore the beautiful countryside.
The village also boasts strong transport links. Public transport is provided by Southern Vectis bus routes 4 and 9, which travel to East Cowes, Newport and Ryde.
Exploring the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Wight
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