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Newhaven Harbour

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


W. Breakwater Head 50:46'.545 N, 000:03'.505 E


Admiralty, 2154, SC5605

Rules & Regulations

IALA Traffic Signals, All Yachts Report Harbour Control, see text



Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover +0004 MHWS 6.7m, MHWN 5.1m, MLWN 2.0m, MLWS 0.4m. Tide-tables:   (links)

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General Description

Newhaven lying to the west of Beachy Head, used to be the only viable port of call between Dover and the Solent. ... read more


If approaching from the east the yachtsman or motorboater will probably stay outside of the Royal Sovereign shoals.... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Newhaven Marina have some visitors berths available, the best plan is to call them on VHF channel 80 or telephone 01273 513881. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Visitors not welcomed?
Written by StP | 22nd Aug 2019
For small craft sailing vessels, given that the nearest ports of refuge are about 2hrs away - Brighton to the west and Eastbourne to the east - have found it disappointing that the marina can only give visitor berth availability as you ‘are on your way, call us on the phone when close to Newhaven’. I visit friends in Newhaven (by road) regularly and have only ever seen 0 to 2 boats on the visitors pontoon. Many of the wind farm service vessels seem to park on the east side of the channel.
The Newhven Tide guage.
Written by Seaswim | 21st May 2018
I am trying to find evidence that the Newhaven tide gauge was originally sited at the Harbour entrance by Samuel Pepys when he was First Lord of the Admiralty. Pepys was a great organiser, but not a good sailor. It is evident that he went about the business of creating the first accurate admiralty charts with zeal. In order to chart sea depths and tide times he needed a reliable tide gauge at a seaport near the meridian that was not in the Thames Estuary. Newhaven was the shortest horseback ride from London and fitted the requirements needed to establish Chart Datum. If he actually chose Newhaven for this project, we have here a unique historical site. from charting the UK waters, land heights above mean sea level could be accurately measured and mapped. When Clive went to India, he was accompanied by an army of surveyors who mapped the whole of the sub-continent from a similar chart datum. Similar surveys were made in the Americas.
I would welcome information and comments. Here.
Proposed Changes to Newhaven Harbour
Written by Seaswim | 21st May 2018
There is a harbour development proposal which has been agreed by the Ports Authority, but not yet ratified by E Sussex CC and the Road transport Authorities. Proposal is to build a large Ready Mix concrete plant at the Harbour mouth on the Eastern Shore. It will extend seawards along the Eastern pier cutting most of it away to form a ship dock. The pier will be made solid (skeleton construction at present) and backed by a large area of imported boulders on the Seaford Bay side for protection against waves.
Tidal flows at the harbour mouth will alter considerably. From 40 minutes before high tide to three hours after high tide the tidal sweep around Seaford bay is East to West flowing past the East Pier tide gauge at a maximum of 2.3 knots. this will change to about 4 knots with a seaward drift away from the river mouth. The harbour bar will move seawards by about 50 metres from it's present location which is about 5 metres seaward of the western buttress at the harbour entrance. There will also be new underwater eddies when entering the harbour on the starboard lane.
Apart from the unsightliness of this eyesore projecting with high level conveyor belts and 80 foot high silos.
Written by Don Thomson | 27th Mar 2018
The comments of our members below have been noted. Having had a long conversation with the marina we came to the conclusion that, although Newhaven is not officially closed to visitors, it might as well be while they milk the cash cow of the windfarm stuff.
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No longer Newhaven
Written by Andrew Morgan | 7th Aug 2017
Towards the end of a round uk trip we thought we would drop in to Newhaven, on the way to Ramsgate. I was told that the visitors berth is now fully occupied by windfarm boats, and they could only take a single yacht , but could not guarantee a berth . One birth is no use - Newhaven is now effectively closed to visitors- the windfarms have won again!

This has now been added to the body of the text above
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Newhaven is a working port, don't forget.
Written by Barbados Billy | 25th Sep 2016
The visitor pontoon appears new but the rest is a little ramshackle and the showers a little dated but servicable. Directly opposite the marina is the scrap metal quay. A large grab was loading a vessel all night. The noise was bearable in conparison to the Dieppe ferries, that was deafening. It is a working port and I rather like that but if you are expecting a quiet night.......

The wind blew rusty dust over the boat, you could taste it, yummy!

Access is easy in and out and the anchorage in the bay is good in the right conditions.
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Update 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 16th Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. I've added a schematic of the marina to the nav. images (thank you Newhaven) and updated prices.
What a lovely spot!
Written by | 30th Mar 2015
I love this place. The locals make me feel 'at home'; the grub's good - as is the beer - Newhaven can be proud of their 'Hope Inn' - it's a great evening out - especially 3rd Fridays of the month when colorful locals bring to life an 'open-mike-night' party that rocks!
With love - Shabbydoris
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed April 2014. The prices have not changed and the little marina here is on the up and up.
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 14th Mar 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 14th March 2013. No changes and prices have been updated.
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