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Birdham Pool Waterside & Marina

Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7BG 
01243 512310 


A quiet spot that’s full of character

For a chilled-out break by the water, come moor up with us at Birdham Pool Waterside & Marina. Tucked away on the calm waters of the Chichester Harbour, this marina has something really special about it. Expect still waters, loads of wildlife, friendly staff and uninterrupted views across the harbour.  

This marina’s got a long history behind it, so it’s full of character. Opened in 1937, it’s one of the oldest marinas in the country – but you’ve still got all the modern stuff you need to enjoy life on the water. It’s a real mix of the old and new here – we think that’s what makes it so unique.  

When you’re done relaxing by the water, Chichester is only a few miles away – there’s loads of transport links from Birdham, so it’s really easy to get to.  


We’ve got all your practical needs covered with a full array of Aquavista brilliant basics that you’d expect from modern waterside living including: 

Safety & security 

  • A secure marina with gated access to jetties and CCTV 
  • All jetties are well-lit at night 
  • 24-hour emergency call out  


  • Toilet & shower facilities, open 24/7 
  • Laundrette, open 24/7 
  • Customer lounge and sun deck 
  • Ample free car parking 
  • Free high speed Wi-Fi 
  • Refuse and recycling facilities 
  • Seasonal on-site Cafe 


  • A lock that is manned three hours before and four hours after Portsmouth high water  
  • Fully serviced jetties with metered electricity and water 
  • Boatyard 
  • Marine trades for all areas of maintenance and repair 
  • Crane/boat mover with 30 tonnes lifting capacity 
  • Undercover storage  
  • Winter storage afloat and ashore for up to 14m 
  • On site Boat Brokerage 

Mooring packages

Your mooring options at Brinklow Waterside & Marina are:

  • Leisure moorings
  • Visitor moorings
  • Winter moorings

If you choose an annual contract, either residential or leisure, as well as access to all of the facilities you also receive:

  • Explore 100 – Free stop-overs at other marinas in the Aquavista group
  • Moor Benefits – Access to our exclusive Moor Benefits programme
  • A choice of payment options – quarterly or annual
  • Regular newsletters and surveys – We make sure you’re up to date with any important news about our marinas, and we love getting your feedback on how we’re doing

Lock Capacity: 
Beam: Max 4.5m/14.8ft 
Length: Max overall 14.5m/47.6ft  
Draft: Max 1.9m/6.2ft 
Depth: Depth over the sill @3 hours before and 4 hours after 1.2m 

Yachts on the water.

Cruise Further for Less with TransEurope Marina Membership

We’re also members of TransEurope Marinas, which means our customers can enjoy half-price berthing for up to five days per year in 80 marinas across 12 European countries. 

Explore the beauty of the UK coastline, discover the Iberian Rías or travel south for the warmth of the Canaries. From the calm waters of the Baltic to the historic Aegean, make the most of TransEurope Marinas to explore new destinations.

Simply use your Pick a Pier membership code when booking at any participating marina.

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Things to do in the local area

Birdham Pool Marina is a super tranquil spot – but there’s still loads to do nearby. A 20-minute walk will take you to Birdham village, where you’ll find a Nisa shop and a garden centre. As well as plants, the garden centre’s got a farm shop and a homeware section – there’s some really nice nautical stuff in there.  

There’s also a bunch of nice places to eat around the village – our favourites are The Lamb Inn, Thyme and Chillies Indian, The Potager Restaurant and The Cider House Kitchen. For more food options, Chichester city centre is only a short drive (or bus ride) away.  

If you want to spend some time on the beach, you’re only a few miles away from Bracklesham Bay and West Wittering beaches – you can get there by following the Salterns Way, which is a foot and cycle path that runs from Chichester to West Wittering. There’s always loads of water sports going on down there, but if that’s not your thing, there’s also some really great cafés and bistros.  


Birdham Pool’s Boatyard forms part of a marine service centre with many skilled craftsmen and engineers onsite. Marine trades for all areas of boat maintenance and repair. Birdham Pool is a popular and busy boatyard. We offer the following services for boats wishing to come ashore: 

  • Lift and scrub 
  • Antifouling and painting
  • Stepping / unstepping and storage of masts 

There are laying up facilities in the yard with space for approximately 90 craft plus limited covered storage. 

Lifting Capacity - We have a new crane capable of lifting boats of up to 30 tonnes and a boat mover capable of transporting boats of up to 30 tonnes 

Maintenance and Repairs - A number of skilled craftsmen and engineers operate from Birdham Marine Service Centre. From wooden boat specialists to marine engineers. They are available to help you with restoration, repair and maintenance projects on your boat and will be pleased to discuss your boating issues and requirements. 

The Old Boatshed GRP specialises in fabrications, bow thrusters, holding tanks, polishing, and rib repairs. 
Kevin Horn Tel: 07766 521575 

Tim Gilmore Ltd repairs, restores, and maintains wooden boats. 
Tim Gilmore Tel: 01243 513872  http://www.woodenboatsforever.co.uk 

If you are looking for a boatyard for your boat, offering great service at competitive prices, contact Birdham Pool Marina at 01243 512310 or email us at [email protected]. 

Opening hours

Contact our friendly Waterside Crew: 

Birdham Pool Waterside & Marina office is open 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday 

You can call us on 01243 512310 and we will be more than happy to help you or arrange an appointment to view the marina.

During seasonal and bank holidays our typical office hours may vary, please call the waterside office before making a visit. 

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To moor with us at Birdham Pool Waterside & Marina please get in touch

Call our Waterside Crew on

01243 512310

Navigating into Birdham Pool 

Birdham Pool can be found on the southern edge of Chichester lake, inside Chichester Harbour and is a non-tidal basin except at high water springs, when the lock is operated on free flow at the top of the tide. The lock is available three hours before and four hours after Portsmouth high water within the locking hours below. 

The duty Lock Keeper can be contacted on 07831 466815 or 01243 511482 during the normal operational times and VHF Channel 80 for locking instructions. Locking at other times is available by prior arrangement with the lock keeper. 

Tidal gauges are located on the seaward side of the channel to Birdham Pool Waterside & Marina and on the Channel Piles. These indicate the height of the water on the lock sill. 

The channel is approximately 9m in width and has adjacent mud banks on both sides. Follow line of posts leaving them 4 metres to starboard. 

Lock landline: 01243 511482 Lock Mobile:   07831 466815 VHF Channel:  80 (Call Sign - Birdham Pool Marina) 



17th Oct – 28th Oct 06:00 – 22:00

29th Oct – 31st Dec 07:00 – 18:00

Closed 25th and 26th December


1st Jan – 30th March 7:00 – 18:00

31st March – 26th October 6:00 – 22:00

27th October – 31st December 7:00 – 18:00

Closed 25th and 26th December

Boats at sea on the Chichester Harbour.

Chichester Harbour

The sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour are ideal for racing and day sailing. Please observe the 8 knots speed limit which is enforced for the whole of Chichester Harbour. Over 10,000 craft use the harbour and there are some 5,500 moorings and 14 sailing clubs with over 11,000 members. Other popular activities include angling, birdwatching, walking, wildfowling, painting and photography. The landscape of Chichester Harbour was formally recognised as being of national importance in 1964 when it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 


Yachts at the Chichester Yacht Club.

Chichester Yacht Club

A ten minute walk from Birdham Pool Waterside & Marina is Chichester Yacht Club, an all year round members' Club renowned for its friendly, informal atmosphere. The Clubhouse has fabulous views over Chichester Harbour, a restaurant & bar together with excellent facilities for all the family. All berth holders at Birdham Pool Waterside & Marina are welcome to become members of Chichester Yacht Club.


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