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Being an island with strong travel and sporting offer, Portsmouth has a number of harbours of varying sizes and uses – most of which are in operation all year round.

Portsmouth Harbour itself encompasses the area around the train station that shares its name. This is the location of the Portsmouth side of the Gosport Ferry Crossing, as well as the departure area of the Portsmouth-Ryde Fastcat. Accessibility couldn’t be easier, with the area being at the end of the train line to London, Cardiff, Brighton and beyond, as well as the location of the brand new Hard Interchange.

Then, just the other side of Gunwharf Quays is the Wightlink ferry port, which offers regular car and freight transport to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight. Gunwharf itself also houses moorings at the 4 Gold Anchor-winning Gunwharf Quays Marina, set just below the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

To the north of the Historic Dockyard is Portsmouth International Port, which offers daily sailings to Europe and the Channel Islands, with destinations including Santander, Cherbourg, Le Havre, St Malo, St Helier and more.

Across to the other side of the island is the Hayling Ferry, which departs Portsmouth from the very tip of Ferry Road, alongside the RNLI Lifeboat Station. This is just along the way from the Eastney Cruising Association’s base (with jetty) and the moorings at Southsea Marina. A short trip across to the other side of Lock Lake and you’ll find the Locks Sailing Club, as well as the Langstone Harbour Fishermen’s Association.

At the north east of Portsea Island is the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre (formerly the Portsmouth Watersports Centre) and the Tudor Sailing Club, both of which are on Kendalls Wharf, accessible via the Eastern Road.

One of the city’s largest moorings is situated just off the island, at Port Solent. This area also benefits from the shops, bars and restaurants situated on site. The nearby Marine Super Store stocks numerous items of marine clothing, electronics and general chandlery.