Sail to Heysham – The Gateway to the North

Sail with us to Heysham and discover the gateway to the north of England. 

With easy access to fantastic road networks and rail links, your onward journey can be made with total ease, whether that’s just a short drive up the road to the quaint coastal town of Morecambe, to the bright lights of Blackpool, the bustling city of Manchester, the breathtaking landscapes of the Lake District or beyond.  


Morecambe Bay is considered by many as one of the best destinations in the UK for adrenaline junkies to get their hearts pumping. From sailing and powered paragliding to parachuting, windsurfing, mountain biking, horse riding and kitesurfing, it has it all. With all that action and adrenaline, it is no surprise Morecambe is the hometown of legendary Isle of Man TT rider John McGuinness. 

The headland also offers spectacular seascape views towards the Lake District and Bowland Fells and a guided walk across the tidal sands is a must while in the area.  


The seaside resort of Blackpool has long been a popular British holiday destination, with attractions to entice the whole family. The Blackpool Tower, one of Britain’s best-loved landmarks, is home to a variety of fun experiences including The Blackpool Tower Circus and The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, where you can visit shows and events and enjoy a dance at the ‘home of ballroom’.

Once you’re all danced out, head to the beautifully restored Grade 2 listed Winter Gardens Blackpool. Step back in time in this historic entertainment complex and take in the Victorian grandeur of The Floral Hall. Blackpool is also renowned for being home to one of Europe’s most famous light displays, the Blackpool Illuminations, which form part of Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Blackpool Illuminations dazzling lights at night time
Blackpool Illuminations. Photo Credit: Visit Blackpool

If you love golf, you’ll be pleased to know that there are 31 golf clubs and courses in and around Blackpool – one of which was designed by the individual who designed Augusta National, home of the US Masters! Blackpool is also brilliant for cyclists and has fleets of bikes available to hire. Or, bring your bicycle on the ferry with you; it’s free of charge.


The options are endless in the bustling city of Manchester, with hours of fun at your fingertips. The Science and Industry Museum and unique John Rylands Research Institute and Library are enjoyable activities for a relaxed afternoon. Or, for a little adventure, you can experience the indoor ski slopes at Chill Factore. If you are planning a trip for the whole family and want to put a smile on the little ones faces, don’t miss out on a visit to Legoland Discovery Centre!

The shopping opportunities are vast in Manchester. Wander around the Manchester Arndale in the heart of the city centre or pay a visit to the extensive Trafford Centre. This large indoor shopping centre and leisure complex offers a whole day of entertainment under one roof. 

A male and female holding hands walking in Manchester city centre
Manchester, England. Photo Credit: Visit Britain/Simon Winnall


The Lake District’s stunning Cumbrian landscape is home to England’s ten highest mountains, two national parks, three areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and a wealth of flora and fauna. It offers the perfect holiday destination in all seasons and weathers.

For those who want an active break; Derwentwater is great for canoeing, Coniston is ideal for windsurfing, and Haverigg is a popular location for wakeboarding. To enjoy a more relaxed experienced on the lakes, why not take a cruise and venture over to St Herbert’s Island? 

A male and female couple sat on a wooden boat in the Lake District
A boat trip in the Lake District. Photo Credit: Visit Britain/Simon Winnall

After that, you can rummage through arts and crafts shops in the little villages dotted along the way, enjoy a delicious afternoon tea or tuck into fish and chips at Whitehaven Marina. 

Just a short drive away is the popular Affinity Lancashire shopping outlet at Fleetwood, giving you the perfect excuse to travel with your car on the ferry and fill it with all your shopping on your return!

Please note that some destinations may have COVID-19 measures in place.


The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates ferry services from Douglas to Heysham year-round. We also sail seasonally to Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin. 

The Ben-my-Chree sailing in the Irish Sea with blue skies in the background and a wind farm
The Ben-my-Chree

Bring your car on your travels and pack everything you need for your adventure; be it your walking gear for the Lake District or bicycles for a ride in Blackpool. Take advantage of our great Car Offers and enjoy the convenience of driving off the ferry when you arrive to start exploring at your leisure. Or, travel as a foot passenger and bring your bicycle free of charge!

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