Make the most of springtime by travelling to Portsmouth by FastCat

With half-term and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee around the corner (30 May-3 June), Wightlink has come up with a host of reasons for Islanders to sail to the mainland by FastCat.

Kids always travel for free during the school holidays, if accompanied by adults.*

Now, families can combine a speedy Solent crossing from Ryde Pier with discounts on activities and meals at attractions close to Portsmouth Harbour FastCat terminal including the Spinnaker Tower, Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays and Southsea’s Queen’s Hotel.

These special daytrip offers can be enjoyed by everyone travelling on the FastCat route this spring. See for full details and expiry dates.

“There’s plenty of room on our FastCats and lots to see in Portsmouth this spring,” says Marketing and Innovation Director Stuart James. “We hope families on the Isle of Wight will seize this opportunity to have a great day out, enjoy some sea air on the FastCat’s spacious sundecks and make new memories across the water.”

There is something for everyone with Wightlink’s range of springtime offers:

Enjoy ‘hands-free’ retail therapy at Gunwharf Quays 

Shop ‘til you drop at Gunwharf Quays and get all your bags delivered to your home for free. This service usually costs £10.50 but, as an Isle of Wight resident and FastCat user, your shopping will be taken directly to your door at no charge.

30% off entry to Spinnaker Tower 

Take in the views across the Solent, and over Portsmouth and Hampshire from the Spinnaker Tower’s 100 metre high viewing platform and save 30% on your entrance ticket by showing your valid Wightlink ferry ticket at the entrance.

20% off tickets at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 

Save 20% on Ultimate Explorer tickets are valid for all attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and you can visit as many times as you like within the year. Just turn up at and show staff your valid Wightlink ferry ticket.

20% off at The D-Day Story 

Southsea’s D-Day Story is the only UK museum dedicated to telling the story of 6 June 1944 through exhibits, interactive displays and video from the perspective of those who were there. Go back in time and get 20% off your visit by showing a valid Wightlink ferry ticket.

10% off stays at the Queens Hotel 

Save 10% on at this elegant and iconic hotel overlooking Southsea Common and the Solent. Just quote Wightlink when booking over the phone or in person.

Complimentary cocktail at the Queens Hotel 

Add a complimentary cocktail to your afternoon tea at the beautiful Queens Hotel in Southsea. Simply quote “Wightlink” when you book to make the most of this offer.

20% off food at The Alchemist, Gunwharf Quays 

Known for its theatrical and magical cocktail making, The Alchemist is also famous for its food. Try it for yourself, whether you’re interested in light lunches, main meals or sharing plates.

*Under fives always travel free on Wightlink. During school holidays, up to two children aged 5-15 can travel free with each person who has an adult or senior foot passenger day return.