Welcome to Ventnor Marina

Ventnor Marina - Tel: 01926 815023 (for office opening hours click here)

Widely renowned as one of the UK's leading inland marinas, Ventnor Marina is a beautifully kept marina for narrowboats and canal boats in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. 

Located near to Rugby and Dunchurch on the Grand Union Canal (Warwick and Napton Canal), Ventnor Marina gives you and your boat the benefit of a choice of three directions to cruise to.

Ventnor has 230 permanent narrowboat moorings as well as visitor and seasonal berths. Plus Dry Dock and bottom blacking facilities onsite. Boat owners also benefit from the added security and service given by the marina staff living on site. 

From a dry dock for narrowboat surveys and narrowboat blacking to an onsite berth holders lounge and amenities building, the facilities are exceptional. The perfect inland marina if you are looking for a narrowboat mooring in the midlands; within easy access of the home counties or simply for canal boating around the Warwickshire countryside.

Ventnor Marina is divided into small bays of a dozen canal and narrowboat berths, giving a friendly and private marine environment with the backdrop of the green fields of Warwickshire.

For boaters seeking a marina where you can leave your boat during the winter, with the knowledge that it is safe and secure, Ventnor Marina is an obvious choice. Plus for river cruisers and motor boats Ventnor has a number of shorter pontoons which are perfect moorings for smaller boats click here for more information.

Ventnor Marina has recently introduced new management and there are many exciting and positive changes being made onsite. 

To familiarise yourself with the New Manager Lee Cooper-Blair and Assistant Marina Manager, Karen Hughes click here

Plus Ventnor Marina, similar to Wigrams Turn Marina is a fantastic place for wildlife spotting. A wildlife haven masquerading as a Marina.

Plus as a Castle Marinas berth holder you can visit other marinas in the group for free.

Click here for a mooring price for your narrowboat or canal boat at Ventnor Marina or

Give us a call at Ventnor Marina on 01926 815023

Click here to download a copy of Castle's 2016 Inland Marinas Yearbook


Boat Sales at Ventnor Marina

Boat Sales at Ventnor Marina is operated by Great Haywood Boat Sales.
If you would like to view a list of all boats currently for sale or would like further information please click here
or telephone 01889 881960

  • Lee Cooper-Blair
    Marina Manager

    Managing the Marinas at Wigrams Turn and Ventnor on the Oxford/Grand Union Canala since April 2013, Lee has come back full circle to the local area and marina life. As a teenager Lee worked with the Black Prince hire fleet pre University where she studied Engineering. Management experience gained in Massey Ferguson and Calor Gas where she met husband Dave, Lee went on to work as a Business Consultant trouble shooting for small businesses.

     Lee loves the community element of the marinas and enjoys holding events for the moorers, including annual barbecues, curry nights, chip nights and charity coffee mornings. Lee has dedicated a lot of time to making the marinas feel more homely and providing facilities for the multi-faceted boat users. 


     In her own time Lee walks Phoebe the Labrador in the local area usually in practice for a charity walk of some description, the canal towpaths provide several hours of available routes.

  • Karen Carr
    Assistant Marina Manager

    Karen has been Assistant Manager at Wigrams Marina since April 2013. Her role combines her love of canal and narrow boats with her experience in office management, customer service and administration. Previous roles have included working for Mars confectionery and the NHS.

    Karen includes amongst her responsibilities looking after the moorers interests, new enquiries and share boat and syndicate boat needs, engineering bookings and invoicing, electric invoicing and managing the Black Prince hire boat team for housekeeping, engineering, customer service and administration.

    Karen and her lovely rescue dog, Tilly, embrace the marina community and have moored on both Wigrams and Ventnor Marinas. Enjoying long walks in the local area, karen says ‘I am very lucky to have the opportunity for the perfect combination of hobby and work, the marinas are a great place to be in the most beautiful settings in the Warwickshire countrywide with access to fantastic waterways.

    If you would like to have a chat with Karen about the marina please feel free to contact her by phone: 01926 817175 or email: karen@wigramsturnmarina.co.uk

  • Sheridan Fowler
  • Pam Ruck

    Pam has vast experience in accounts having worked in various roles, including 10 years at TLC Childcare Nurseries and 10 years at Marking Company in Leamington. She currently works across both Wigrams Turn and Ventnor Marina.In her spare time she works as a personal councellor and is interested in sewing, gardening, card making and cake decorating. 

  • Steve Chapman
    Deputy Marina Manager

    Steve was Harbour Master for Black Prince before becoming Assistant Marina Manager at Ventnor. He still works across both marinas, preferring to be out and about. He can be seen providing wharf side services, completing routine maintenance and Black Prince handovers. Prior to joining the marina team he had held various  front line to senior managerial roles within the building industry, retail and co-operative businesses. 

    Steve’s’ love of boats has been a lifelong passion. His first vessel was a 16’ powerboat which he used for water skiing off the northeast coast!

    Steve and his wife Julie, relocated to Warwickshire in 1994. They immediately fell in love with the inland waterways and purchased their first narrowboat in 1995. They now live onboard their widebeam boat with their gorgeous little Cavalier King Charles, Woody.


  • Nick Warne

    Nick is a 'Jack of all trades" having had a wide and varied career prior to coming to work for Castle Marinas at Wigrams Turn and Ventnor. From working in a zoo through to Sketchleys; a chartered surveyors and an accountancy firm.  Employed as a dockmaster and deputy harbourmaster, he also helps out with the Black Prince Fleet at Wigrams Turn. In his own words he loves people but is also happy to work alone and this marina role provides an ideal mix of the two.



  • Mandy Tucker
  • Peter Tucker
    Harbour Master

Explore the Marina

Inland marina

Contact Castle Marinas using the following methods:

Online enquiry form


Lee Cooper Blair


Lee Cooper Blair
01926 815023


Ventnor Marina
Calcutt Lane
CV23 8HY

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.




Marina mooring facilities
Pontoon Services - Water/Electricity
Ventnor Marina is a non liveaboard marina with 230 permanent narrowboat moorings as well as visitor and seasonal berths.
All of the marina berths at Ventnor Marina have their own pontoon. Water and Electricity are available year round on all pontoons. Water is free of charge.
Electricity is invoiced on a quarterly basis and costs 15p per unit (including service charge and VAT).
Ventnor Marina also has a limited supply of smaller moorings for cruisers and canal boats.
 Contact us for more details on costs and availability of smaller moorings info@ventnor-marina.co.uk or click here.
Full Marina facilities
Showers,Toilets and Launderette Faciliites
The toilets and shower facilities are available to all customers of Ventnor Marina, open 24 hours a day and include disabled facilities.
There are toilets and showers in the main amenities building and another in the second phase of the marina alongside the dry dock facility
There are launderette facilities in both phases of the marina in the facilities buildings. Washing Machines and Dryers are both operated by coins.
Dry Dock Facility
Dry dock and bottom blacking facility/Maintenance and repairs
A dry dock facility is available for all boating customers at Ventnor Marina. It is a pre-bookable and fully serviced facility. (there is no self service option)
For further details on bottom blacking or to book please contact the marina office or click here. Marina office staff will be happy to help with any query you have regarding the dry dock.
Ventnor Marina has onsite engineers available to help with your canal or narrowboat maintenance and repair work. The information you will need to prebook the engineers is available from the Marina Office. You will need to complete the necessary forms with your information, contact and access details. The Marina staff will be happy to help.
Marina fuel and pump out
Fuel/Pump Out/Waste Disposal/Recycling
Diesel, Gas and Pump Out for your boat are all available at Ventnor Marina
Diesel is served at the service bays located on both phase 1 and phase 2 of the marina. 
Open daily (except Wednesday) from 9am - 4pm (closed between 1 - 2 pm) 
Safe and Secure Marina moorings
There is plenty of parking space close to both marina phases and yet cleverly hidden by the marina banks. There are also ample trollies for offloading supplies from your car to your boat.
Ventnor Marina has a team of three staff who live onsite adding to the security of the marina. They are there to provide a safe, secure and enjoyable berthing environment and are happy to help with your narrowboat or canal boat berthing. Being a marina with a ‘non-liveaboard’ status the fact that there are staff living onsite at Ventnor Marina gives our customers an extra peace of mind when they are away from their boat. Harbourmasters make regular boat checks. In addition the security gates only allow customers with an access code entry to the marina. 
Moorers lounge facility
Ventnor Marina Members Lounge
Within the main amenities building next to the Marina office there is a comfortable and sunny members lounge with a TV for members use and an informal book exchange. Ideal for small get togethers/ coffee mornings with other moorers. 
The room is accessible via an access code and is available to Ventnor Marina moorers 24 hours a day. 
Marina brokerage facilities
Brokerage at Ventnor Marina

If you are contemplating buying a new narrowboat, cruiser or canal boat, selling your existing boat or upgrading the brokerage team at Ventnor Marina can help you.

The boat sales at Ventnor Marina are operated by Great Haywood Boat Sales.

If you would like to view a list of all boats currently for sale or would like further information please click here
or telephone Steve Andrews 01889 881960

Marina Safety for boat owners
Marina Safety
At Ventnor Marina our primary function is to offer a safe, secure and enjoyable boating environment for all our boating customers. We want you to get the most out of your canal or narrowboating on the UK’s inland waterways plus be able to keep your boat in a marina with the best facilities and services. To achieve this we draw all moorers attention to the following boat and marina safety points.

There are several potential hazards within a marina environment. Pontoons are slippery when wet and icy. Please take care and wear suitable footwear. Please also take extra care at night and in strong winds.

Please do not leave any clutter, untidy cables or cycles on pontoons, these can cause a trip hazard and can impede access.

Children must be supervised at all times and must not ride in the trollies. Lifejackets are advisable.

In the event of a difficulty please contact the marina office immediately. You may want to make a note of the out of hours contact number. Harbourmasters are contactable 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Life rings and extinguishers are located around the Marina.

There is a first aid station in the Marina Office

Smoking is strictly prohibited along the length of the service quay area particularly near to the Pump Out, Diesel, Bottled Gas and Fuel areas.


Our staff are there to help you. If you doubt your ability to manoeuvre your boat in the prevailing conditions do alert the Harbourmasters who will be happy to assist.

Any damage to pontoons, facilities or boats should be reported to the Marina Office immediately.

Please also do not allow oil contaminated bilge effluent to be discharged into the marina and be aware that hot central heating or engine exhausts can scorch wooden pontoons.

Grand Union Canal

Ventnor Marina is an inland marina located on the Grand Union Canal.

The Grand Union Canal, 137 miles of main line with branches to towns along the way is the trunk route of Britain's canal network linking from London, through the Chilterns with Birmingham via the longest single canal in Britain.

As the main line from London to the Midlands the canal was once one of the busiest in the country. Now it offers a wide variety of landscapes, wildlife, buildings, architecture and historic craft for you to discover. A perfect inland waterways destination.

Berthing at Ventnor Marina allows narrowboat and canal boat owners access not only to the fantastic Grand Union Canal, but also gives other multiple destinations on the Warwick and Napton Canal.


Click here to download a pdf of Castle Marinas Ltd terms and conditions

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Flexi Berthing

At Castle Marinas our main priority is to provide a safe, secure and enjoyable boating environment for our narrowboat and canal boat customers.

We also off a flexible approach to an annual mooring. Castle Marinas customers in our five inland marinas can moor in any of those marinas providing space is available. We adjust what you pay in line with the tariff applicable to each marina for the time you spend there.

Its the perfect option if you like to vary your canal boating destinations from year to year as we have several inland marinas to choose from.

Click here to contact us for further information on berthing prices in Ventnor Marina and other marinas in the Castle Marinas group.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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