Pound icon

20% off summer holiday travel

20% off summer holiday travel

Close icon

Ryde Pier is a fascinating historic structure, and the second-longest seaside pier in the country.

The original structure opened in 1814 and was extended in 1824 and by 1842 it had reached its current length of half a mile.

The pier is really three piers in one – the second was built in 1864 to support a horse-drawn tramway which ran from the pier head all the way through Ryde to provide a connection for steamer passengers with the original rail terminus.

In 1880, big mainland rail companies built the third pier to carry a double-track rail line from the pier head down to Ryde Esplanade then through a tunnel to join the original rail terminus. This opened up steam train travel to the ferries from all rail connected parts of the Island. Today, old electric London underground trains from the 1930s have replaced the steam trains.

The horse tramway was eventually cut back to its pier section between the promenade and railway piers, remaining in use operated by steam, electricity and petrol rail cars until 1969.

The tramway compromised of two parallel single tracks, each with a petrol-engine tram and trailer car. For thousands of holiday makers, the ride down Ryde Pier on the tram was their first experience of the Island.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway has recently launched an appeal to restore one of the two trams to full working order.

Ryde Pier

Book ferry and tickets

Find out the size of your vehicle by entering your registration number

At this time, this feature is only available for cars and vans

Registration number

E.g CU57ABC
Without any roofboxes, towbars, bicycle racks or trailers your vehicle should be:
Vehicle length

Vehicle height

Please note: vehicle size data is taken from a third party database and is provided here as a guide. As some vehicles may vary from the designed specifications, please ensure that the measurements are correct before booking.

Wrong details? Please click here to enter your vehicle sizes manually

Your vehicle registration number could not be found

Choose your vehicle size manually here, you can find your vehicle height and width at Parkers.

Without any roofboxes, towbars, bicycle racks or trailers your vehicle should be:
Vehicle length

Vehicle height

Please note: vehicle size data is taken from a third party database and is provided here as a guide. As some vehicles may vary from the designed specifications, please ensure that the measurements are correct before booking.

Wrong details? Please click here to enter your vehicle sizes manually

Is there anything on your vehicle which makes it longer or higher than the dimensions shown here, such as a bike rack, towbar or roof box, but excluding a trailer or caravan?

Does your vehicle have a trailer or caravan?

Please select which type of vehicle you have

Below you will find all other vehicle types with some information around their size.
We recommend that you measure your vehicle before booking

Dangerous goods (including compressed gas etc. used for medical purposes) must be declared at least 24 hours before travel.

Camping gas canisters must be declared when you arrive at the port.

Please measure your motorcycle from your front wheel to the rear of your bike, including any extras which make the vehicle longer or taller such as a bike rack, towbar or roof box, but excluding a trailer or caravan.
Please measure your vehicle from your front bumper to the rear of your car, and from the bottom of your tyres to the roof of your car, including any extras which make the vehicle longer or taller such as a bike rack, towbar or roof box, but excluding a trailer or caravan.

What is the length and height of the vehicle?

Does your vehicle have a trailer or caravan?

This information will be added to your booking