There have been people living in Newhaven, East Sussex since the Stone Age; it has always been a popular place to settle.
Originally this was mainly due to its excellent position on the River Ouse, which made trading and travelling much easier. Now it’s all about the amenities and attractions that Newhaven has to offer. Both the Romans and the Saxons enjoyed living in Newhaven, and between them they built up much of the town and its surrounding area, but it was the Normans who really made Newhaven what it is today, and it is thanks to them that the beautiful church of St Michael stands today.
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Newhaven Fort is a fantastic example of exactly what Newhaven has in terms of both history and excitement. This coastal fortress was built during the 1860s and the huge 10 acre site has a wealth of family friendly facts, activities, and history there for the taking.
Paradise Park shouldn’t be missed either – with a blend of exotic plants and a museum of natural history (including plenty of dinosaurs!) all on one site, it’s a day out with a difference. There is even a playzone which includes remote controlled boats and crazy golf.
Ferries from Newhaven
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This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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Sorry, no mini cruise routes can be found departing from Newhaven sailing on a cruise ship.
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The port sits at the base of the A26 which leads northwards to the A27 at Beddingham. This road connects to both the A26 and A22 which ultimately lead to the M20 and M25 respectively.
The port isn't too far from Brighton and Eastbourne. It is an ideal location for those based in the South East of England.
There is a car park located inside the port to the left hand side of the terminal building. You must purchase a parking permit from the reservation desk in the terminal building. Car parking at Newhaven port cannot be pre-booked.
The charge was a very reasonable £4.50 per 24 hour period when I last checked in May 2016.
Getting there by coach
National Express runs services to the town, stopping at South Way (opposite the swimming pool) for services to London, or on North Lane for services to Eastbourne.
Route 023 connects London to Bexhill via Gatwick Airport, Eastbourne and Hastings.
From Eastbourne route 315 connects to Penzance, stopping at Newhaven, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Exeter, Plymouth, Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell, Truro, Falmouth and St Ives along the way.
A combination of services are required for travel from London and beyond, with most routes requiring a change at Eastbourne or Brighton. Book your tickets here.
Getting there by train
The departure point at the port sits opposite Newhaven Harbour railway station though you will want to alight at Newhaven Town railway station for the main entrance to the port.
Train services from Newhaven Harbour typically terminate in Brighton (East Sussex) or Seaford (Sussex).
Getting to the port using long distance trains couldn't be easier. London is only 1½ hours away with just one train change in Lewes. Travellers from Cardiff and Birmingham will need to go through London, a journey that typically involves three changes and takes up to 4½ hours. Travellers from Edinburgh also go through London and this journey typically takes between seven and eight hours. Plan your journey here.