Welcome to Buckden Marina

Tel: 01480 812660
Office Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1700  
Saturday & Sunday 1000 to 1600
A perfect, picturesque riverside marina for cruisers, wide beam boats and narrowboats.

With 240 fully serviced cruiser and narrowboat pontoon berths in 92 acres of Cambridgeshire countryside and next to the leafy River Great Ouse, the cruising possibilities include heading West inland or East towards the coast and North Sea.

Suggested Cruising Routes from Buckden Marina.

It’s hard not to smile or relax in this leafy setting, located near the pretty town of Buckden with 140 miles of river cruising opportunities. A perfect base to explore the historic and pretty towns and rivers nearby.

Situated 30 minutes from Cambridge and an hour from London, Buckden Marina is so delightful you won’t want to leave. There is even an onsite leisure club! (including a gym, spa, tennis courts and cafe) as well as engineering and boat sales services.

For more information you can:-

Boat Sales at Buckden Marina

Marlex Marine Technology operate the Boat Sales and the Engineering workshop at Buckden Marina. For further information on the services offered or for a quotation please contact us directly: -

Tel: 01480 812 225

or Email sales@boatinland.co.uk

Click here to go to our website www.boatinland.co.uk

  • Zoe Alcock
    Marina Assistant

    Zoe joined the team at Buckden in March 2017. She absolutely loves coming to work every day, no day is the same. She enjoys meeting all the customers & has made some really good friends. Zoe spent many happy years boating at the marina in her youth and it's great to be back.

  • Mike King
    Marina Manager

    Mike King (known as Mick) has been involved with boats all his life. He is very well acquainted with the whole waterways system from Bedford to Denver and enjoys weekend trips on his boat out to the Wash, East Coast harbours and the North Sea.

    Mick’s professional life has chiefly been in the motor trade, starting as an apprentice with a local Rover, Land Rover and Jaguar dealership. Then moving on to Ford, followed by GM Vauxhall where he became a Technical District Manager and travelled the UK and occasionally abroad, trouble shooting their retail, fleet and emergency services. He also started his own vehicle repair business at the age of 21 which he ran for 14 years.

    On the boating side, he moved from dinghy sailing to water skiing then motor cruising, currently owning a Ranger 36, his 5th motor cruiser. He has restored his current boat over the last 10 years, including the engines and is at the moment refitting her aft cabin.

    Cruising mostly on the River Ouse, Mick and his family also usually take a two week holiday at sea, cruising coastal waters.

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Narrowboat Moorings

Contact Castle Marinas using the following methods:



01480 812660


Buckden Marina Limited
7a Marina View
Mill Road
PE19 5BH

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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 - Electricity/Water
Buckden Marina has 240 pontoon berths for canal boats, cruisers and narrowboats. There are water points near to all boats. Water is free of charge and available all year round.
Electricity is available to most boats on our moorings. Electric metered cables can be purchased from the Marina Office. Meters are read and invoiced quarterly.
Marina shower and launderette facilities for boat users
Toilets and Showers/Launderette
There are toilet/shower and launderette facilities within the main marina office building. These can be accessed via a security code fob. The washing machine and dryer are operated by £1 tokens purchased from the marina office
Marine maintenance engineers onsite at Buckden Marina
Maintenance and Repairs
At Buckden Marina we have an onsite engineering company called Marlex Marine Technology Ltd. www.marlexmarine.co.uk
They are able to undertake all kinds of boat repairs that you may require.
Marlex can be contacted on 01480 812225 to arrange for a quotation or to book work to be carried out at your convenience. 
They are also agents for Aquafax.
Winter Berthing Ashore and Afloat
Winter Berthing/Hardstanding
Winter Boat Storage is available onsite within a secure compound with flood lighting and CCTV, plus 24 hour onsite security. Boat cranage is also available at Buckden. Please contact the Marina office for more details or click here.
Marina Fuelling Facility
Fuel/Pump Out/Waste Disposal
Petrol, Diesel and gas are all available from the river front. Please call the marina office on 01480 812660 upon arrival the fuelling area and a member of staff will come to serve the fuel
Fuel opening times are wiring office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays. The same procedure applies for Gas and Coal Sales.
There is a self serve pump out facility next to the fuel station which can be used at any time and tokens can be purchased from the Marina Office.
Domestic Waste
The staff at Buckden Marina are dedicated to enhancing and protecting the marina environment and take great pride in maintenance of the site
We have skips provided for domestic waste, Plus a waste oil container (orange) and dog litter bins around the marina
Secure and Accesible Mooring
The pontoons at Buckden Marina are all accessed by a security gate system operating on a fob entry system. The fob requires a £15 refundable deposit. In addition, as in many of Castle’s marinas, we have staff living onsite for extra peace of mind.
The pontoons are all floating pontoons which rise up and down with the river levels meaning your boat is always secure even in the event of flooding.
At Buckden Marina there are three main car parking areas for our customers use. 
Car and trailer parking is available by negotiation. This area is furthest from the marina office and access to the pontoons.
There is an area opposite the slipway which is ideal for day visits and for visitors.  The slipway costs £10 for use in and out
Limited Chandlery supplies available
Onsite Chandlery supplies
There is a limited supply of chandlery goods available from the Marina Office. For further details of the stock available contact rebecca@buckdenmarina.co.uk or click here
Marina Brokerage at Buckden Marina
If you are contemplating buying a new canal boat, cruiser or narrowboat, selling your existing boat or upgrading, the brokerage team of Marlex at Buckden Marina can help you.

The boat sales at Buckden Marina are operated by Marlex Marine under the name of Boatinland. Call 01480 812225 or email sales@boatinland.co.uk for further details

A list of boats available for sale can be seen on their website www.boatinland.co.uk

Safe and secure moorings on the River Great Ouse
Marina Safety

At Buckden 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 cruising 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 leave no 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 trolleys. Lifejackets are advisable.

In the event of an emergency 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 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 Harbourmasters 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.

The Great Ouse

Buckden Marina is an inland marina situated next to the River Great Ouse.

The River Great Ouse weaves through the flat landscape of East Anglia for 75 miles and with its tributaries, the River Cam, Lark, Little Ouse and Wissey makes up to 140 miles of navigable waterway for you to explore flowing through some of the most unspoilt water environments in Britain.

There are many sites of interest along the river with several towns and villages for you to visit with attractive mooring points.

The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for this region and you will need to register your craft with them and obtain a lock key to operate the un-manned locks.  You will also need a windlass available from chandleries on the system.

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Buckden Marina Layout
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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 Buckden Marina and other marinas in the Castle Marinas group.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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


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Waterside Leisure Club

If you are looking for information about Waterside Leisure Club including:

  • Gym membership
  • Dining
  • Beauty
  • Lodge sales

Please call 01480 810355 or click here to visit their website.

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We value our customers opinions
Customer Survey

We regularly collect information from our customers regarding our facilities and services.  We would be very grateful as a customer at Buckden Marina, whether a visitor or an annual berth holder, if you could spare some time to complete our short survey. The results are anonymous unless you would like some feedback. We publish the results of the surveys on an annual basis. Please click on the link below and Thank you very much in advance.

Some stats from our most recent survey in July 2016

90% of respondents said our marina staff at Buckden were Excellent or Good.

74% said facilities generally are Excellent or Good.

82% said communication with the Marina staff is Excellent or Good Extra comments.

"One of the reasons we chose Buckden Marina was the warm welcome and helpful service we received from Mike. We did not receive that level of customer service anywhere else we have visited."

"Rebecca is particularly wonderful."

Buckden Customer Satisfaction Survey

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