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Boat Trips, Harbour Tours
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A selection of Harbour tours in Cowes, Portsmouth & the Historic Dockyard

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Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
01983 564 602

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Enjoy a whole day’s shopping in Portsmouth with our low-cost Day Shopping Trip from Cowes to Portsmouth landing at Gunwharf Quays Designer retail outlet with up to 6 hours to visit Portsmouth including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays Designer Retail outlet shops or take public transport to the city centre.

Take a trip around Portsmouth Harbour and view naval ships past and present on our 45-minute harbour tour departing from Gunwharf Quays.


All our vessels are available for private charter, for corporate events (Cowes Week, Round the Island etc.), private trips or special occasions, either cruising out into the Solent, around Portsmouth Harbour or the Isle of Wight.

We have an extensive fleet of vessels of different capacities from 75 to 500 passengers and to discuss any requirements in more detail please complete the contact form below or call us on 01983 564602.

Over 40 years’ experience

We are a well-known Isle of Wight based company operating in and around the Solent and Portsmouth area.

We operate boat trips from our terminals at Thetis Wharf in Cowes (next to the Floating Bridge), the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays Designer Retail Outlet.

Is there parking at your departure point in Cowes?

Parking is only available for our Day Trip to Portsmouth shopping trip. For all other boat trips please phone 01983 564602 for availability

Is smoking allowed on board?

There is no smoking allowed on any of our vessels.

What are harbour tour times?

For harbour tour times please phone our office on 01983 564602 and select option 1. The harbour tour times are updated daily.

Where are your booking offices located?
  1. Gunwharf Quays – at watersedge on far left (opposite end to Spinnaker Tower)
  2. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – Pontoon next to Warrior
  3. Hard – located outside dockyard and only open at peak times
  4. Thetis Wharf – Medina Road. Cowes
Is private hire available?

For any private hire please phone our office on 01983 564602 for availability and prices

Are there reduced prices for senior citizens and children?

Yes, there are reduced rates offered for seniors (aged 60 and over) and children under 5 travel free.

Do we carry dogs?

Yes dogs can travel on trips as long as they are kept on a lead and supervised. However, dogs are not allowed on trips departing from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as the Dockyard do not allow dogs inside.

Are we accessible by wheelchair?

On certain vessels only i.e.  Wight Scene, Ali Cat and Solent Cat. Not available on our Jenny boats.

Are motorised scooters allowed on board?

No, we cannot carry motorised scooters.

Are group rates available?

Yes we do offer group rates.  Phone 01983 564602 for availability and prices.

Just wanted to say what a fabulous cruise we had from Ryde Pierhead at 19.30 hours on Friday 17th August. There was 4 of us, and every second was extremely enjoyable.Thank you very much.

R. Adger

Please pass on our thanks to all concerned for making the Boat Trip(s) for our Outing on Thursday, 27th June.  Everyone was so helpful to our less able people, a good commentary and refreshments plus fantastic weather, what more could we ask for!!.  A great time for all concerned. Many thanks

M. Frink

Many thanks for arranging our Harbour Boat Cruise on 16th August (see emails below). We all had a great time in spite of the damp weather! Please convey our thanks to the captain and crew who gave us an enjoyable and informative trip, and the man in the ticket booth who efficiently sorted out payment for all 21 of us! Best wishes.

G. Hill

We had amazing trip on these Ferries..
Never knew HOW much cheaper the convenient this option was. Fabulous staff in the office and on the ferries also the Captain that look after us all So well.
THANK YOU! we had a GREAT time away.

D. Sagger

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Our Terminals:
Thetis Wharf, Cowes – PO31 7BX
Gunwharf Quays Waterfront – PO1 3TZ
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – PO1 3LJ

Our Offices:
Solent Cruises Limited
Thetis Wharf
Medina Road
PO31 7BX