Whether you don’t like flying, want to keep your carbon footprint down or would just prefer a sea view, there’s a great many places you can reach by water. No need to measure your hand luggage, either
Aside from the obvious Game Of Thrones and Titanic connections, Belfast is quickly becoming known for cultural spots like the National Trust’s Liquor Saloon (a museum where you can drink) and the excellently monikered Filthy Quarter. Get an eight-hour ferry from Liverpool’s Birkenhead pick-up. From £40 each way, Stena Line
Everyone knows if you go to Amsterdam, there’s only two ways to make you way around Holland’s capital city: bike or boat. Get a head-start on the wheel-free vibes on your way by sailing overnight from Newcastle with DFDS. And if you want to stay up, there’s even a cinema on board. From £112 each way, DFDS
A ferry to Spain! Yes, really. Brittany Ferries cross over to Santander – an energetic beach city very popular with Spanish nationals – from Portsmouth three times a week, taking between 24 and 32 hours. Book ahead, though, as these cruises tend to fill up quite far in advance. From £99 each way, Brittany Ferries
The walled port town of St-Malo in Brittany was a haven for pirates and privateers in the 18th century, but it’s actually got history that dates back to before the Middle Ages.Take an evening ferry from Portsmouth overnight, and you’ll be there for an early start the following day. From £50 each way, Brittany Ferries
For a shorter sail, travel to Guernsey from Poole. It’s just a three-hour journey making it ideal for a weekend break and has a nice literary history to go with the stunning views; Hauteville House is there, where French writer Victor Hugo lived when he was exiled from France. From £52.50 each way, Condor Ferries
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