A modern fleet of car ferries that operate between Southampton Docks and East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, for a day trip or a holiday.
Terminal 1, Town Quay Road, Southampton
Tel: 0844 844 9988
Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Have a fun, family day out and head off to the Isle of Wight! The award-winning Red Funnel Ferries can help organise your island escape for a day trip or a holiday. Their modern fleet of car ferries operate the sheltered central route to the Isle of Wight between Southampton Docks and East Cowes. The crossing takes 55-60 minutes and operates all year round including Christmas Day.
There are many interesting sights to see along the way. If you are a foot passenger, the Red Jet Hi Speed service sails to West Cowes every 30 minutes at peak times, including Saturdays and every 60 minutes at off-peak times. The service is for foot passengers only and the crossing takes under 25 minutes at speeds up to 40 knots! Children are well considered and there are lots of things to keep them entertained. There are downloadable colouring-in sheets which can be found on the website prior to travel, visits to the bridge (subject to availability and approval), children’s entertainment during selected weekend and school holiday sailings and of course, kid’s meals!
The Isle of Wight makes the perfect choice for a summer break with the family. Go fossil hunting, visit the tigers at the Zoo, take a trip on the Steam Railway or look out for the Island’s very own red squirrels. Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries are the Isle of Wight Specialists offering everything from ferry travel to award winning accommodation.
Roll out your towel on a golden, sun-drenched beach. Clamber to the front of the cliff-top rollercoaster as deafening shrieks of joy and terror drown out the rumble of the track.
Ride bicycles along scenic trails and enjoy beautiful cliff top walks. Explore ancient castles and Roman settlements. There’s a whole host of places to visit with your children, come rain or shine. For family holidays, this unique Island has it all.
Booking a holiday or short break to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel couldn’t be easier. Not only does Red Funnel offer a fantastic ferry service and an extensive range of accommodation to suit every need, taste and budget, they can also take away all the stress of planning a holiday with children by arranging all the extras – car hire, transfers and attraction tickets – leaving you and your family to relax and enjoy your perfect break.
And when you book, your holiday starts the moment you step on the ferry, with speciality coffees, hot and cold food, news and key events on TV, children’s colouring books and fantastic views across the Solent.
Holidays to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel are not only easy, they’re great value too! You can save up to 25% off the cost of ferry travel when you book your holiday accommodation with us.* Plus, Red Funnel has tickets to loads of fantastic Isle of Wight attractions, many at a discounted price, so your great days out won’t leave you out of pocket.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated regularly. Some attractions are starting to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Enjoy browsing the site for trips and please check directly with the venue before visiting. Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information on what attractions are re-opening.