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A few hours in Cowes

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A few hours in Cowes

Hi, we will be in Southampton later in the year and quite fancy a ferry trip to Cowes for the afternoon. Is this worth doing concidering we only have a short time and which is best, east or west Cowes for a quick visit. I hope this is not a stupid question but how do we get across the river? I We will be on foot.

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1. Re: A few hours in Cowes

if you only have a short time probebly west cowes. catch the red jet catamaran from southampton 25 min trip. its mostly a sailing town with quite a few shops specialising in that area, but there are other unique shops, dont forget cowes sailing week is in august and will be packed.

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2. Re: A few hours in Cowes

Thanks for your reply, we will probably be visiting in July so will miss the sailing week. Are there nice places to have lunch? and can you just walk up to the ferry and book and be sure of getting on or is it best to book in advance.

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Edited: 15 April 2011, 22:10
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3. Re: A few hours in Cowes

Just walk up and pay.

Look here www.redfunnel.co.uk

You want the Red Jet NOT the Car Ferry

Edited: 16 April 2011, 13:56
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4. Re: A few hours in Cowes

As noted above, there are two ferries which go from the Town Quay in Southampton to Cowes. The first one you will see, on the right, is the car ferry. This takes 40mins and though it's the car ferry, it does take foot passengers. This ferry goes to East Cowes. If you continue past the car ferry terminal, you will come to the red jet (and Hythe ferry) terminal on the left. This is the passenger only speed boat which goes to West Cowes and only takes 20-25 mins. It's like a giant speedboat.

You don't have to book the ferries in advance (and I never do), but sometimes there are online deals if you do. Peak fare on Red Jet is something horrendous like £18 return per person.

As to how to get between east and west cowes - you use the floating bridge (there is a similar but much larger on in Plymouth if you have ever been there).

iwight.com/council/…

I went to Cowes for a meal out on Friday night. It's a nice place for an evening. There are lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. As you can imagine, it's quite "yachtie". Lots of trinket shops and clothing such as Weird fish and White Stuff.

The most famous tourist attraction is Osbourne House in East Cowes (uphill walk but not far from car ferry terminal).

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5. Re: A few hours in Cowes

Thank you for your replies, they are very helpfull, it sounds like a really worthwile trip.

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