UK city guides
Make the most of your time at our UK ports
Our port cities in the UK are great places to visit and spend the day before sailing away with us on your holiday. Important historic towns on England's south coast, Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth are filled with monuments of their long and diverse maritime heritage.
Plymouth and Portsmouth both have an outstanding naval heritage to explore dating back as far as Tudor Times when Sir Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth and the Tudor warship, the Mary Rose, was sunk just offshore at Portsmouth. Poole is best known for its golden beaches and its harbour, which is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
The seaside is one of the main attractions for visitors to our port cities and areas such as Plymouth Hoe, Southsea Beach in Portsmouth and Sandbanks in Poole are great places to enjoy the natural beauty of the sea and coast here. There is much to keep children entertained with a variety of family friendly attractions around each of the cities.
Whether you have just a few hours to kill, or are thinking of spending the day at one of pur port cities before a late or overnight crossing, our guides will help you to find the best way to spend your time in these remarkable cities.
Discover our UK ferry ports
- Fascinating historical cities
- Strong maritime heritage
- Wonderful beaches and seaside areas
- Fun family attractions to keep kids entertained