Isle of Wight Council

Newport Harbour

Newport Harbour

Service update

Overnight berthing and short stay visitor moorings are available on the Newport Harbour visitor pontoon and quay wall. Access to water, electricity and shore facilities are available following the successful dredging of the harbour. 

Harbour Office

Town Quay, Newport, PO30 2ED.

Telephone: 01983 823885 or 07964 207 441

Newport Harbour office will be open 2 hours either side of high water between 8am and 6pm  All communications are to be emailed to or call.

Harbour information

Newport Harbour is situated in the Island’s county town at the navigable head of the River Medina, some 5 miles south from the port of Cowes. Whilst it is primarily a leisure harbour users should be aware that there are still commercial shipping movements; these include 'Blade Runner'.

The main resident and visitor moorings within Newport Harbour are a short, easy walk from the centre of Newport; this offers a broad range of shops, restaurants and other facilities including a cinema and public houses. A local authority run leisure centre is also available nearby. Public transport is readily available to other parts of the Isle of Wight, making Newport Harbour a great destination for the sailing family.

To reach Newport Harbour from Cowes proceed down the Medina River. Shallow points are marked by red buoys on the port side and green buoys on the starboard. On the east bank, the approach to Newport Harbour is identified by large white beacons with pairs of horizontal red lights showing at night. When lined up, these beacons bear a course of 192º T and show the approach channel to the harbour.

Users should be aware that the majority of the harbour dries out at Low Water. High Water Spring tides give an average 2.5m depth in the approach channel and at the visitors’ pontoons, but this may increase depending on weather conditions. The Neap high tide depth is 1.8m. It is advised that fin keeled boats should lie against the quay walls south of the visitors’ pontoons.

View the Annual Harbour Report (629KB 13 pages)

Facilities for visitors and resident berth holders at Newport Harbour include: - 
  • water and electricity on the pontoons.

  • waste facilities.

  • showers and toilets.

  • two public slipways.   

Boat repairs, gas and dry storage for approximately 50 boats is available from Odessa Marine boatyard which is situated on the west bank at Little London. 

If you are considering eating out and/or drinking in Newport you are spoiled for choice with a broad range of facilities; you can enjoy exquisite fine dining, tasty pub grub, afternoon tea, fish & chips, doorstep sandwiches, modern bistro creations, pizzerias and vegan cuisine. Younger crew may appreciate that there is a vibrant nightlife to sample with late night drinking available even midweek. You can also purchase the Isle of Wight’s signature local produce including gin, garlic, cheese, tomatoes and more; perfect for a picnic, a gift or for a taste of the Island at home.

Open port

Newport Harbour has a statutory duty to maintain an ‘Open Port Policy’ for freedom of navigation and public use. Commercial shipping will continue to operate as usual. The harbour will remain open to any vessel that needs to transit the harbour or access a berth.

Folly visitor pontoon

The Folly is located at the northern end of Newport Harbour's jurisdiction and borders Cowes Harbour; vehicular access is via Folly Lane.

Overnight berthing and short stays are welcome, the water taxi service is running. For further information for the water taxi please contact Folly Ventures by emailing or calling 07884 400046. 

Island harbour

Island Harbour is situated just over a mile south of East Cowes. This peaceful friendly countryside marina is ideally suited to families with children and dogs. There are over 200 walk ashore finger berths, as well as many amenities including a fully refurbished restaurant, with a superb children’s play area. There are also showers, a laundry room, car parking, free WiFi, a well stocked chandlery, winter hard standing, on site boat repairers, a 50 ton travel hoist and slipway. Further details can be found by using the link on the 'Independent Harbours' tab.