Booking a cruise from the UK? Here’s our handy mini-guide to England’s cruise ports and hotels

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Bristol Avonmouth

Within easy reach of the South West, South Wales and the Midlands, cruises span Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean and the West Indies. cruisesfrombristol.co.uk

Stay at: The Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel (marriott.co.uk); The Bristol Hotel (doylecollection.com); Arnos Manor Hotel (forestdalehotels.com)

Dover

The second busiest UK cruise port, with destinations far and wide, from the Norwegian Fjords to the Mediterranean – and you can even take a transatlantic crossing from here. doverport.co.uk

Stay at: Ramada Dover (ramadadover.co.uk)

Harwich

Easily accessible from the east of England with Harwich International station outside the terminal and trains taking 80 minutes from Liverpool Street. harwich.co.uk

Stay at: The Pier Hotel & Restaurant (milsomhotels.com)

Hull

You can reach Norway and Scandinavia easily from here, as well as taking mini-cruises to The Netherlands on P&O Ferries.

Stay at: The Mecure Hull Royal Hotel (hotels-hull.co.uk); Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club (cavecastlehotel.com)

Liverpool

The home of The Beatles offers cruises to the Atlantic Islands, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and even the Norwegian Fjords – with space for the largest cruise liners. cruise-liverpool.com

Stay at: Crown Plaza (cpliverpool.com)

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London Tilbury

It’s 22 miles downriver from Tower Bridge and has easy access to Northern Europe, Scandinavia and South America. londoncruiseterminal.com

Stay at: Orsett Hall (orsetthall.co.uk); Hilton Dartford Bridge (hilton.com)

Newcastle

Newcastle – or Port of Tyne – is a Metro hop from the city centre and growing in importance. It’s perfectly placed for cruises to Scandinavia. cruise-newcastle.co.uk

Stay at: Hotel du Vin (hotelduvin.com)

Plymouth

The city of Plymouth has been occupied since the Stone Age, when people settled on the banks of the Plym estuary. It was the development of shipbuilding in the 13th century that led to Plymouth’s status as a world-renowned port.

Stay at: Boringdon Hall (boringdonhall.co.uk); Langdon Court (langdoncourt.com)

Poole

Look to Poole for cruises around the British Isles and Channel Islands. Rail links run to Poole from all major cities including London Waterloo, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton.

Stay at: Hotel du Vin (hotelduvin.com); The Sandbanks (sandbankshotel.co.uk)

Portsmouth

This is a popular port for cruising from the UK including voyages to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and around the British Isles. portsmouth-port.co.uk

Stay at: Park House (parkhousehotel.com); The Hilton Portsmouth (hilton.com)

Southampton

Dubbed the cruise capital of the UK, Southampton has four cruise terminals with a host of cruise lines taking you to all sorts of destinations: from warm Mediterranean climes, Baltic cities and Northern Europe, to as far afield as America and Australia. discoversouthampton.co.uk

Stay at: Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel (dolphin-southampton.com); Lainston House (lainstonhouse.com)

Read Directory: Cruise Ports in Scotland and Northern Ireland

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