Your guide to ferries to the Isle of Wight from Lymington

As a pleasant alternative to travelling from Portsmouth, the ferries to the Isle of Wight from Lymington are ideal, offering a short crossing time, regular departures and comfortable facilities.

Car ferry crossings from Lymington to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight are operated by Wight Link (www.wightlink.co.uk). The 35 minute route is served by three new ferries, equipped with comfortable lounges and bar facilities. The observation decks provide great vantage points for scenic views of the island and the mainland's coastline.

There are more than 20 sailings a day in either direction, and you will find you rarely have to wait more than 40 minutes for the next crossing. If you need to be at your destination for a specific time, it is advisable to pre-book your place online.

Wight Link offers a variety of saver fares bookable online or at the ticket office. A particularly attractive option for those planning a short tour of the island is the Half-Day Saver ticket, just £25 for a car and up to 4 passengers, which represents a substantial saving.

In Lymington, don't be in too much of a rush to get down to the ferry terminal. This is a charming little harbour town. You can spend an enjoyable couple of hours walking around the Georgian architecture of the historic centre, browsing in the shops or enjoying a pub lunch by the harbourside.

The ponies, deer and cycle trails of the New Forest are within minutes of Lymington, in one of England's most beautiful national parks. For details of Lymington and the area's attractions, including advice on walks and restaurants, try the www.lymington.org website.

The local tourist office can also offer suggestions on local shows and exhibitions, and can also advise if the weather might cause any disruption to the ferries to the Isle of Wight from Lymington.

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