Seaview is a lovely small Edwardian sailing village, located on the north-eastern corner of the Isle of Wight, overlooking the Solent and there are several ways you can visit Seaview:
Located just a few miles south of mainland England, the Isle of Wight and Solent offer a vast variety of experiences for all to enjoy. From sandy beaches to busy harbours, secret anchorages to lively pubs, the island has something for everyone. The Solent can be like an inland waterway with many activities taking place from numerous hubs such as racing from Cowes, fishing from Yarmouth, club racing at Bembridge and Seaview and beach barbecues on the sand at Seagrove bay, there are any number of locations to make sure to visit. When the evening draws in, shelter can be found in the marinas of Bembridge, Cowes and Yarmouth, or anchorages in Newtown, Osbourne and Priory Bay or visitor mornings can be picked up just off of Seaview. Restaurants in Cowes, Yarmouth, Bembridge, the Folly or the upper reaches of the Medina can all be accessed by water taxi or dinghy, and there is a vast array of pubs with live music and good food. *
For a quick trip across, we highly recommend taking the train to Portsmouth Harbour and then jumping on the FastCat over to Ryde Pier Head; Seaview is then just a short taxi away - so if visiting from London, for example, the whole journey is around 2.5 hours. There are regular train services between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour (1hr 40mins). Change at Portsmouth Harbour and take the Wightlink FastCat passenger ferry direct from Portsmouth Harbour station to Ryde Pier Head (22mins). For ease, you can book your train tickets in advance from London Waterloo to Ryde Pier Head as this will include your FastCat ferry ticket. This will cost around £72.20 for an off-peak open return (if you use a Network Railcard it will be around £47.65) Book online at www.thetrainline.com
Foot Passenger & Car Ferry options:
If that doesn’t suit, there are various passenger-only or car ferry options from Southampton, Portsmouth, Southsea & Lymington – so please read through the below options and check which best suits your needs / location.
The picturesque village of Seaview is located just 2.3 miles (10 mins by car) from the town of Ryde, with easy connections to the mainland by passenger ferry (22 mins crossing time) or hovercraft (10 mins crossing time). Alternatively, you can get a car ferry from Portsmouth Harbour to Fishbourne (45 mins crossing time) and then it’s just a short 6.1 miles (18 mins by car) to Seaview. Other routes are also available.
If you are looking to do an overnight or longer stay then there are two hotels in Seaview, The Seaview Hotel and The Northbank Hotel and there are plenty of alternative options, including hotels, inns, B&B’s, holiday lets and guesthouses.
Local Taxi Numbers
RYDE TAXIS - 01983 811111
WW CARS OF SEAVIEW - 01983 612419
JET CARS - 01983 566566
HAVEN TAXIS - 01983 213338
WINDMILL CARS - 01983 446538
BEMBRIDGE TAXIS - 01983 874132
BEMBRIDGE VILLAGE TAXIS - 01983 874470
SANDOWN TAXIS - 01983 404700
* A little bit of local guidance if coming by boat:
If travelling by motor boat or yacht please be aware of the local bylaws, conditions and restrictions. It’s always good to arrive in the Solent with the tide astern. Coming from Poole, Hurst should be approached at slack or on the flood to give a smooth ride through the small race. Once through, the Solent opens up with Yarmouth being the first available berthing. Approaching via Selsey Bill, care should be taken around the Owers, but then its plain sailing right down the middle of the Solent, avoiding Ryde Sands, to your destination of choice. With the right tide, Wootton Creek can make a great lunch stop at the Royal Victoria YC. Cowes is the main marine hub on the island. If looking to stay in Seaview, you can pickup a visitor mooring by calling ahead or trying your luck on the day on VHF 02, M2 or P4.