Newport and independent harbours

Newport Harbour, moored yachts on river along quayside

Newport Harbour offers both overnight and visitors berthing with access to water, electricity and shoreside facilities

Newport Harbour office will be open either side of high water between 8am and 6pm. Email all communications to or telephone 01983 823885. If we cannot answer your phone call, please leave a message on the answer phone. We will call you back as soon as possible.

Harbour facilities

Facilities for visitor and resident berth holders at Newport Harbour include:

  1. water and electricity on the pontoons and quay side
  2. waste facilities
  3. showers and toilets
  4. public slipways.

Boat repairs, gas and dry storage are available from Odessa Marine boatyard situated on the west bank.

If you are considering eating out in Newport, you are spoiled for choice. You can enjoy fine dining, pub grub, afternoon tea, fish and chips, doorstep sandwiches, modern bistro creations, pizzerias, and vegan cuisine. Your crew may appreciate there is a vibrant nightlife to sample with late night hours even during 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.

Folly visitor pontoon

The Folly berths are located mid river at the northern end of Newport Harbour's jurisdiction and borders Cowes Harbour. Vehicular access is via Folly Lane.

Visit our Folly moorings web page for more information.

Newport Harbour with lots of boats

Newport Harbour Fees

Berth type

Price per meter

Visitor (overnight)

£2.50 per night

Visitor (short stay

£l.25 per tide

Electricity cards
Supplied as £1.00 or £10.00 cards

Regular Uses (non-residential)

£180.00 per year

Folly Mid River Fees

Berth type

Price per meter

Visitor (overnight)

£2.00 per night

Visitor (short stay

£l.25 per tide

Mid-river pontoon

£115.00 per year

Mid-river swinging moorings

£80.00 per year

  • All prices include VAT.
  • The prices for annual berths are for full years, surcharges are applicable if cancelled.
  • Berths are charged to the next full metre. For example 7.5 meters is charged as 8 metres
  • Visitor berths have minimum lengths. For example Newport visitor starts at 4 metres

For more information or to request an application form for a permanent berth please email 

Harbour information

The harbour is situated in the Island’s county town at the navigable head of the River Medina, some five miles south from the port of Cowes. It is primarily a leisure harbour but, users should be aware that there are still commercial shipping movements including 'Blade Runner'

The visitor moorings within the harbour are a short walk from the centre of Newport which offers a broad range of shops, restaurants, and other facilities, including a cinema and public houses. The council-run leisure centre is also nearby. Public transport is readily available to other parts of the Isle of Wight, making Newport Harbour a great destination to explore the Island from.

To reach Newport Harbour from Cowes, proceed down the Medina River. The channel is marked by lit red buoys on the port side and green buoys on the starboard. On the east bank, the approach is identified by large white beacons with pairs of horizontal red lights showing at night. When lined up, these beacons mark 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, average of 1.8m depth in the approach channel and at the visitors’ pontoons. This may increase depending on spring tides and weather conditions. It is required that fin-keeled boats should lie/moor against the quay walls on the east side just south of the visitors’ pontoons.

Newport Harbour General Directions 2023

To assist in the management of Newport Harbour, as statutory harbour authority we have the power of General  Directions. This is under the Newport (Isle of Wight) Harbour Revision Order 2021.

Newport Harbour Committee

The Harbour Committee is established to advise the Council, Cabinet, and the Senior Harbour Master about issues relating to the Harbours in accordance with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code and Health and Safety at Work legislation.

Harbour and statutory documents

Newport Harbour map referred to in HRO (1988)

The plan of harbour overview (PDF, 584KB, 1 page) was reproduced from the 1988 HRO. It is for illustrative purposes only. It shows the extent of the harbour's jurisdiction. Yet it does not show either the extent of navigable waters or the land based harbour estate.

Independent harbours

These independent harbours are not managed by us, visit each website for more information: