• Boatyard Facilities
  • Brokerage
  • Electricity
  • Lock
  • Maintenance and Repairs
  • Parking
  • Recycling
  • Showers & Toilets
  • Water

Welcome to Birdham Pool Marina

Birdham Pool Marina is an idyllic boating location, combining an area of outstanding natural beauty, within the protection of Chichester Harbour, with excellent marina facilities. 
Safe and secure marina berthing for 249 boats in a wonderful setting makes Birdham Pool a great home berth, seasonal or visitor destination. 
Berthing your boat in Chichester Harbour
Situated only 6 miles from Chichester Harbour entrance, Birdham Pool lies on the Eastern side of Chichester Harbour and offers excellent shelter in a locked marina with a fantastic choice of cruising options.
Whether you like to sail in Chichester Harbour or further afield to the Solent and the English Channel, Birdham Pool Marina is perfect for motor boats and yachts of up to 16.5 metres LOA
South Coast Berthing Location
On land Birdham Pool Marina is only 5 miles from the amenities and attractions of  the City of Chichester and yet in a charming and rural chocolate box setting.
A popular marina for boat owners looking for a berth in West Sussex or Hampshire or near the Solent. Birdham Pool Marina has a traditional feel with modern facilities.
With the Old Mill building still standing next to the Lock, the 'Pool' still retains its original fascination as one of the last working tidal mill pools in Sussex. The lock operates at free flow at the top of the tide.
Coastal marina with great facilities
Berthing your motorboat or yacht at Birdham Pool Marina you can choose from a mix of pontoon berths for larger boats of up to 16 metres as well as pile berths and bow or stern to berths. 
Birdham has first class marina facilities, a fully equipped boatyard and offers winter storage ashore as well as afloat. 
Onsite there are traditional boat builders, engineers and boat brokers. For further details click on to our facilities page.
Arranging Your Visit To Birdham Pool Marina
If you are looking for a berth on the south coast for your boat whether you own a yacht or a motor boat and whether you want to stay for a night, a week or a year, our staff would be delighted to show you our facilities and explain the benefits of berthing at Birdham Marina.  

For the best of both worlds why not take advantage of the reciprocal berthing arrangement between Birdham Pool and Royal Clarence Marina in Portsmouth Harbour

Click here to find out more about our flexiberthing option. (subject to availability. T&Cs apply)

To help you further when making a decision about where to berth your boat on the south coast we have below listed the points that make Birdham Pool Marina unique and the benefits those unique points bestow

Birdham Pool Marinas unique features plus the benefits to boat owners 

  • Birdham is situated at an idyllic boating location in an area of outstanding natural beauty  -   What boating is all about, a fabulous marina setting in great cruising ground
  • The Marina offers safe and secure marina berths within the protection of Chichester Harbour -  Peace of mind that your boat is safe
  • Excellent marina facilities plus a fully equipped boatyard onsite -  You won’t need to leave the marina for maintenance help
  • Birdham Pool has 249 berths, many up to 16.5 metres -  Small enough to feel quaint and secluded, large enough to have great facilities
  • Only six miles from Chichester Harbour entrance -  Offering you the choice of harbour cruising or access to the Solent and Channel
  • Sensible berthing fees plus winter storage ashore and afloat -  Satisfaction of Value for Money and Competitive rates
  • Modern facilities in a historic marina - heated up to date shower facilities are like home from home
  • As part of the Castle Marinas group, Birdham Pool  berth holders can visit Royal Clarence Marina in Portsmouth Harbour for free - added value from your berthing fees (subject to availability. T&Cs apply)


Castle Marinas is a member of TransEurope Marinas, a group of select marinas offering reciprocal visitor discounts to their berth-holders.


Boat Sales at Birdham Pool Marina

RBS Marine are the UK distributors for the Rodman Fisher and Cruiser series boats as well as the South Coast agents for English Harbour Yachts.

Sales assistance and advice is offered for both new and used boats, details of their services can be found here: www.rbsmarine.com

A current list of boats available can be found here”: http://www.rbsmarine.com/the-boats/pre-owned-boats-for-sale.aspx

  • Fiona Stott
    Book Keeper

    Fiona qualified as a bookkeeper in 2009 and is the first port of call for any queries on your accounts. She is based at Birdham Pool Marina and works closely with colleagues at both of the coastal marinas at Birdham Pool and Royal Clarence as well as liasing with the Castle Marinas team at head office.

  • Mike Braidley
    Operations Director

    Mike has spent most of his life messing around in boats, and never thought he'd be lucky enough to find himself working for a National marina group. With a lifetime in Sales Management, he brings a fresh pair of eyes to our company as the Operations Manager.  

    Although he's always saying that successful management is all about delegation, he does seem to keep very busy and can be found out and about visiting our marinas pretty much every week. He's the one to get in touch with if you have any comments regarding us, our marinas or the service we give you.


Explore the Marina

South Coast Marina

Contact Castle Marinas using the following methods:

Online enquiry form

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Sue Mould
Marina Office

John Hiltunen
Marina Manager


Head office
01243 512310


Castle Marinas Limited
Birdham Pool 
West Sussex 
PO20 7BG

Narrowboat Holidays with Castle Marinas

Castle marinas operates five marinas on the UK's inland waterways network including some of the UK's leading inland marinas catering for all types of narrowboats and river cruisers. From our base at Wigrams Turn Marina, we also run a Black Prince hire fleet of some 15 narrowboats, ideal for holidays of all types.

Black Prince Holidays offer award winning luxury narrowboat holidays from 9 locations across the UK, including Wigrams Turn Marina. All narrowboats have full central heating, 240v electric, Freeview,DVD and mobile WiFi, making the Black Prince Holidays fleet one the best equipped on the canal system.

Ideally situated at the head of the Oxford Canal, Wigrams Turn in Napton is a base that offers a starting point for a large number of interesting routes. The Warwickshire Ring, for the more energetic and experienced, contrasts the beautiful countryside around Warwick with city life and industry through Birmingham and Spaghetti Junction. Trips of beauty and interest can also be achieved, including Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford, Snarestone, or a visit to the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne, depending on the number of locks you wish to negotiate.

Visit the Black Prince Holidays website for more details including special offers canal boat holidays.




At Castle Marinas Ltd we care about the safety, security and enjoyment of our boating customers. We have produced a handy checklist of important points to check before you use your boat. Click here for the full list.

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Free south coast berth for a week

Win a weeks free berthing for your boat with Castle Marinas Ltd

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Castle Marinas are happy to announce that from January all our inland and coastal marinas will now be able to use our free Wifi service. 

Easy communication is an important part of modern life and that goes for the boating community too. 

You can now instantly access information on tides, weather and news from your boat mooring and we at Castle are delighted to be able to offer free coverage in every marina.

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Castle Marinas Limited pride ourselves on our extremely competitive berthing rates for both our marinas on the coast and inland. 

And to help even more with your boating costs we are delighted to announce a new loyalty bonus scheme for 2013/14 at selected marinas:

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Brokerage and Boat Sales

RBS Marine are the official distributor for Rodman Fisher and Cruiser series boats in the UK and Channel Islands, they offer sales assistance with both new and used boats. www.rbsmarine.com

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Servicing and Repairs

The shipyard at Birdham Pool Marina is fully equipped with skilled craftsmen in various marine trades and cover all areas of marine maintenance and repair.

The slipway can accommodate vessels up to 20 tons displacement and a maximum draft of 2 metres.

We offer the following services for craft wishing to come ashore:-

  • Lift / slip and scrub
  • Antifouling / Painting
  • Stepping / unstepping and storage of masts

There are laying up facilities in the yard with space for approximately 60 craft and limited covered storage.

The following Companies operate from Birdham Marine Service Centre and will be pleased to discuss your requirements.

The Old Boatshed 
GRP Specialists in fabrications, bow thrusters, holding tanks, polishing, rib repairs.
Kevin Horn Tel: 07766 521575 & Kevin Ballard 07811 868156

Dick Woodruff Marine Engineer 
Service, repair, maintenance and installation
Dick Woodruff Tel: 07825 955153

Nelson Engineering 
Independent Volvo specialists, installations, repairs, service, maintenance.
Tony Nelson Tel: 07803 047863

Tim Gilmore Ltd 
Repairs, restoration and maintenance of wooden boats.
Tim Gilmore Tel: 01243 513872

If you are looking for a boatyard for your boat, offering a great service at competitive prices contact Birdham Pool Marina.

Click here to contact us for further information on our boatyard prices 

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Winter afloat and ashore

Birdham Pool Marina has a storage ashore facility. The boatyard can accommodate up to 60 craft ashore and has limited amount of undercover storage.

We offer winter berthing and winter ashore deals.

Please download or print off our Winter Ashore Form.

Please download or print off our Winter Afloat Form.

For further information on boatyard offers and special winter ashore or afloat prices at Birdham Pool please click here

or Call John Hiltunen on 01243 512310



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Marina Facilities

General Information

Birdham Pool Marina has a good range of facilites to offer Berth Holders and visitors. The marina office is open between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday to help with all berthing and boatyard enquiries.

Download our Marina Layout (PDF)

April to September the office is open on Saturday between 8am and 12pm.

The Lock Keeper will be on duty at the lock between locking hours (please see the lock page).

Facilites include:

  • Sheltered berthing in a non tidal locked marina
  • Water and electricity
  • Shower and toilet block
  • Additional toilet block
  • New laundry facilities
  • Daily weather forecast at lock and shower block
  • Wireless broadband
  • CCTV
  • Petrol and diesel are situated at the lock
  • Storage ashore
  • Limited covered storage ashore
  • Marine service centre
  • Waste recycling
  • Brokerage

Security at the marina includes CCTV at various strategic points and nightly patrols are carried out.

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Approach to Birdham Pool

After the successful dredging works to the channel approaching Birdham Pool Marina (Feb 2015), which has significantly increased the access, a chartlet has been designed to provide guidance on the approach.

Tidal gauges have been installed to the seaward side of the lock and the first of our channel piles showing the height of water over the lock sill.

Download Birdham Pool Chartlet (PDF)

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Berthing Rates

At Birdham Pool Marina we offer a special combination of a fantastic cruising location with safe and secure berthing and great facilities.

Our berthing rates are extremely competitive and our staff would be delighted to be able to show you around the marina so you can see first hand the reasons our customers love Birdham so much. 

Please contact us via the online enquiry form or give us a call on 01243 512310.

We're confident we can help!

We offer competitive berthing rates, a fully equipped boatyard onsite and special rates for winter berthing or storage ashore. Whether you are looking for a winter berthing deal or an annual berth do give us a call or email us at info@birdhampool.co.uk


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The lock

Birdham Pool Marina is situated in Chichester Harbour. It can be found on the southern edge of Chichester lake 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. Normally, entrance and exit via the lock is available three and a half hours either side of Portsmouth high water within the locking hours below.

Full operating times for 2015 are as follows:-

1st January to 28th March 07:00 - 18:00 7 Days

29th March to 24th October 06:00 - 22:00 7 Days

25th October to 24th December 07:00 - 18:00 7 Days

Closed 25th & 26th December

The duty Lock Keeper can be contacted on 07831 466815 during the normal operational times and VHF Channel 80 for locking instructions.

Locking at other times is available by prior arrangement through the office between 8am and 5pm on 01243 512310 or during locking hours only on 07831 466815.

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Chichester Harbour

The sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour are ideal for racing and day sailing.
Please observe the 8 knots speed limitwhich is in force 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).

Please click on the link for: Chichester Harbour Conservancy

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Chichester Yacht Club

A ten minute walk from Birdham Pool 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 Marina are welcome to become members of Chichester Yacht Club.

Click on the link to find out how to become a member Chichester Yacht Club.


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Local Accomodation

Birdham Pool Marina is set in a beautiful location near Chichester on the South Coast of the UK.

Only a short walk from Birdham Pool Marina is Kinderhook B&B offering 2 luxury en-suite rooms. Please contact them on 01243 512031 or use the contact form on their web page 

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