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Boat info – Nearest ports to West Midlands

Unfortunately, there are no ferry ports in the West Midlands, but the closest ferry ports are:

Southampton around 1 hours 30 minutes from West Midlands

Dover around 3 hours from West Midlands

Operators, routes, and timetable links:

Local Operators:

DFDA Ferries

From the UK you have several options for travelling to Europe by ferry. You can cross the Channel on our Dover to Dunkirk or Dover to Calais routes, as well as our Newhaven to Dieppe route. Our Newcastle to Amsterdam route provides an ideal link from the north of the UK to the Continent.

P&O Ferries

Ferries to and from are operated by Isle of Man Steam Packet and P&O Ferries. Because 2 ferry companies operate in and out of Liverpool, comparing can be very useful to help you find the best price at the best time for you. When you search for a ferry to Liverpool, we will always show a range of times just in case it’s cheaper earlier or later than the time you select. We’ll also show you results for similar ports like Heysham, Holyhead and Liverpool Birkenhead to help you find the best times and prices to suit your plans.

P & O ferries with Isle of Man Steam Packet and P&O Ferries are known for their comfort and high levels of service, and you will feel like your holiday has begun the moment you step on board. Travelling to Liverpool will be easy and hassle free. Start by making your booking today, it’s quick and easy.

Irish Ferries:

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This is Ireland’s leading ferry company. The crossing operates up to 14 times each week with sailing durations from around 4 hours 1 minute.

Rosslare Pembroke sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Irish Ferries:

  • Wheelchair accessible ports and ships.
  • Wheelchairs are available for short term passenger use in all Irish Ferry ports and on our ships
  • Specially adapted public toilets in our ports and on the ships.
  • Dedicated seating areas onboard the ships.
  • Specially adapted cabins on the cruise ferries.
  • Hearing loops at all reception desks on board and ashore.
  • Registered guide dogs allowed on the passenger decks.

Let the service you are using know about any special assistance you might need at least 2 days before you travel. Send an email to:

If you have reduced mobility your booking will be flagged, and the ferry company will try to position your vehicle close to the passenger lift on-board to help with the transfer from the car deck to the upper passenger deck.  If you are travelling as a wheelchair passenger, you need to add “Passenger with Wheelchair” to your booking. The crews will be happy to advise and assist throughout the journey if you contact the reception desk on board.

Travelling with a wheelchair or scooter:

In the link above, you can find a list of facilities for passengers with reduced mobility and special needs onboard all Irish Ferries ships. You can also see a table showing the facilities available in all the ports.

Sunflower lanyard – Hidden Disabilities

If you are a customer with a hidden disability or have a family member with a hidden disability, help is always at hand in our ports or onboard our ships.

We are pleased to be able to offer you a sunflower lanyard to wear on your journey through our Ports and onboard our ships. Wearing a sunflower lanyard allows our Teams to recognise that you have a hidden disability without you needing to declare it. This allows you to travel independently through the Port and onboard our ships, whilst knowing that if you need any additional support during your journey, any of our Team will be able to support you. Our Teams have been trained to recognise the sunflower lanyard and act accordingly.

How to request a lanyard

If you’re travelling with ourselves in the near future, we’d be happy to post you a lanyard. To allow time to process your request please allow 7 working days when based in Ireland. For those based in the UK, lanyards would need to be collected at the ticket desk in the port terminal.

To order your lanyard simply email us at

How to pick up a lanyard

If you are travelling with us sooner than 7 working days, please know that you can pick up a lanyard at our Ticket Desks in the Port Terminal when you arrive at the Port. We will be happy to give you a sunflower lanyard, even if you haven’t requested or need special assistance.

Travel concessions:

 In Britain, members of the disability alliance group Disabled Motoring UK (previously known as Mobilise) receive discounts on Irish Sea routes. Just contact this group directly and they will make the booking for you.

If you have a special query regarding on-board facilities or special needs please contact the Disability Officer – Nicola Hammond  (Mon to Fri 9 to 5)

Assistance Dogs:

If you are travelling with a registered assistance dog, it is essential that you notify them at the time of booking and you must carry proof that your animal is an Assistance Dog.