Isle of Wight Council

Ryde Harbour


A busy summer day in the harbour


Service update – COVID-19

Harbour Office

Ryde Harbour Office will be closed during the current lockdown period. All communications are to be emailed to or call 01983 613879.

Visitor Moorings

There will be no overnight berthing at Ryde Harbour’s visitor pontoons. There will be increased Harbour checks to ensure that all vessels on pontoons are safe and secure.

Recreational Boating Guideline

Please read Guidelines for Recreational Boating from Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth whose jurisdiction Ryde Harbour is within.

Ryde Harbour is situated on the seafront on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight.  The Harbour is ideal for family cruising holidays as it is located next to Ryde's long sandy beaches and only a short walk away from shops, restaurants, ice rink, swimming pool, tenpin bowling complex and other leisure activities. Many boat-owners visiting Ryde in the season return year after year and many of the crews get to know each other really well, making Ryde one of the friendliest harbours on The Solent.

What could be better on a summer evening than a stroll along the harbour wall to watch the ships in The Solent and take in the atmosphere of a busy and popular leisure marina.

Buses, trains and taxis are also a just few minutes’ walk away, making the rest of this beautiful Garden Isle easily accessible.  The Harbour is within walking distance of foot passenger ferries to Portsmouth and Southsea.

The harbour dries out completely at low water (access for a normal boat of one metre draught is about two hours either side of high water.  The harbour is well situated and protected from adverse weather conditions from most directions.  There is pontoon berthing for up to 100 visiting boats, the majority of which are family sailing and motor cruisers, varying in length from five to ten metres.  Entrance and departure depend on the tidal height and draft of the vessel (see below).

There are private showers and toilets close by solely for harbour users. The harbourmaster can advise concerning all local supplies and services you may require.

The approach channel across Ryde Sands bears 202 Magnetic and is marked by port and starboard navigational buoys  

The harbour entrance is lit after sunset by:

  1. Two fixed red lights (vertical) on the port side of the entrance and;
  2. One flashing green light on the starboard side of the entrance.


Independent Harbours

View the website addresses for the independent harbours on the Isle of Wight. These harbours are not managed by the Isle of Wight Council.