Welcome to Birdham Pool

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 berthing for 265 boats in a wonderful setting makes Birdham Pool a great home berth, seasonal or visitor destination. 

Berthing your motorboat or yacht at Birdham Pool you can choose from a mix of pontoon berths for larger boats of up to 16.5 metres as well as pile berths and bow or stern to berths. Only six miles from the entrance to Chichester Harbour, Birdham has first class marina facilities, a fully equipped boatyard and offers winter storage ashore as well as afloat.

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 and if you have never been its worth visiting if only to watch the boat movements through the in this picturesque and charming Marina.

If you are looking for a berth on the south coast for your boat whether you want to stay for a night, a week or a year, our staff at Birdham Pool Marina would be delighted to show you our facilities and explain the benefits of berthing at Birdham Marina. Click here to find out more about our flexiberthing option. 

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.

To find out more about our competitive prices for a berth for your boat at Birdham Pool click here or

Give us a call at Birdham Marina on 01243 512310

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.

Explore the Marina

pretty marina setting with berths for all sizes and types of boats

Contact Castle Marinas using the following methods:

Online enquiry form


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.




pontoon berthing facilities
Pontoon Services Electricity/Water/WIFI
Birdham Pool Marina has 249 pontoon berths which include a mix of alongside berths, pile berths and bow or stern to berths.
Electricity and water are available on all pontoons for customers use. A metered electricity supply is provided for every berth, and is invoiced on a quarterly basis. Wi-fi is provided free of charge for email and general web browsing.
marina facilities for boat users
Toilets, Showers & Launderette

The Toilets, Showers and Launderette facilities are open 24/7 for berth holders. One toilet and shower facility is situated in the boatyard and another next to the mast rack. 

Fully equipped boatyard and repair professionals
Boatyard Maintenance & Repairs

Birdham Pool Marina 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. There is a slipway which can take boats of up to 20 tonnes and a crane capable of lifting boats of up to 14 tonnes

We offer the following services for boats 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 90 craft plus limited covered storage.

Lifting Capacity

Crane max weight 14 tonnes

Slip up to 20 tonnes


Maintnenance 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 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  dick@woodruff.ndo.co.uk 

Nelson Engineering 
Independent Volvo specialists, installations, repairs, service, maintenance.
Tony Nelson Tel: 07803 047863  http://www.nelsonengineering.co.uk

Tim Gilmore Ltd 
Repairs, restoration and maintenance of wooden boats.
Tim Gilmore Tel: 01243 513872  http://www.woodenboatsforever.co.uk

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

Winter Ashore Availability
Winter Berthing & Hardstanding

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

Boatyard Benefits for Berth Holders at Birdham 

Annual Berth holders at Birdham Pool Marina benefit from a Free Summer Lift and Scrub

Plus Free Winter Storage Ashore (Subject to availability. Book in early) 

For further details click here (link email info@birdhampoolmarina.co.uk)

Marina Lock Facility
Lock Operation


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

The Lock at Birdham Pool Marina is operational three and half hours either side of Portsmouth High Water and within the times shown below.

The Lock keeper can be contacted on Channel 80 - call sign ‘Birdham Pool Marina' or call his mobile 07831 466815

Marina Lock Times

1 Jan - 29 Mar 2015 7.00 - 18.00

30 Mar - 25 Oct 2015 6.00 - 22.00 

26 Oct - 24 Dec 2015 7.00 - 18.00

Lock Capacity

Width:  max 5.12m / 16.8ft

Length: max 15.85m

Depth:  minimum 1.2m over sill @ 3.5 hours from high tide; we can accommodate up to 2.2m (depends on tide height; limited berths available)





Secure and Accesible Berthing
Parking and Security

Birdham Pool is positioned on its own private road. There are CCTV surveillance cameras around the marina, and when possible the office is manned 7 days a week during office hours. We have security gate access to the main part of the marina, and a lock that is manned three and a half hours either side of high water. Our staff and lock keeper check the boats in the marina regularly during the day.

Free private parking is provided for berth holders and boating guests.

Marina Lockside fuel
Fuel and Waste Disposal
Petrol and Diesel are available from Pumps situated at the Lock. Waste bins are provided behind office block, adjacent to D Jetty, and near the lock.
Marina Safety for boat owners
Marina Safety

At Birdham Pool Marina our primary function is to offer safe, secure and enjoyable boating to all our customers. In this respect we would like to draw your attention to the follow matters. For your own safety and comfort and that of other marina users.


Pontoons can be slippery when its wet and icy. Please take care and wear suitable footwear. Please also take extra care at night and in strong winds.

If you are not a strong swimmer please wear a lifejacket. Children should wear a lifejacket at all times on the marina.


Children should be supervised at all times.


Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times on the marina. 


Do not trail power cables across the pontoons or in the water.


Within the marina the foliowing things are prohibited





Swimming or Diving

Allowing children to ride in the trollies or run on pontoons

Allowing dogs to foul pontoons or surrounding areas


Emergency Procedures

Emergency boxes contain a life ring and throw line and a fire extinguisher.  

There are two manual fire alarm warning bells, one located outside the main office building and the other at the lock hut.

There is a first aid box located in the main office, workshop and at the Lock.

Please notify the Marina office immediately in the event of any incidents.



All contractors must report to the Marina Office upon arrival and show proof of public liability of not less than £3 million.

The marina reserves the right to refuse access if paperwork is not provided. Keys must be signed in and out from the marina office only under the instruction from the boat owner.


Lines and Fenders

All lines and fenders are checked regularly throughout the day and more regularly in bad weather. Please ensure your fenders and lines are up to the job.

Waste Disposal

Please dispose of your waste correctly in the waste bins and recycling bins provided

Use of ‘onboard heads’ is prohibited within the marina unless a holding tank is in use


Please respect other peoples privacy and also ensure rigging is secured correctly


Extended Cruising

Please advise the Marina Office if you intend to be away for extended periods. Informing us of your movements will help with the security of the marina and your boat.

A full copy of the Marina Rules and Regulations is available upon request



Boat Sales at Birdham Pool
Onsite Boat Brokerage

RBS Marine, based at Birdham Pool Marina, are the official distributor for Rodman Fisher and Cruiser series boats and English Harbour motor boats in the UK and Channel Islands, they offer sales assistance with both new and used boats. www.rbsmarine.com

Contact  +44 1243 512 101 or email ben@rbsmarine.com

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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Birdham Classic Boat Festival
Come and Join the Classic Fun on July 11th & 12th

Birdham Pool's Classic Boat Festival and Open Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to have a look at some beautiful classic boats in the picturesques setting of Birdham.

Plus there will be experts on hand giving tips on all aspects of maintenance and restoration of classic boats. Parking is free, Entry is Free and if you have a classic boat you can join in the festival with a free overnight berth for your classic boat. For further details of berthing please contact the marina office on 01243 512310 or email info@birdhampool.co.uk



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