The picturesque port of Yarmouth has grown up around the natural harbour at the mouth of the river Yar and is guarded by Yarmouth Castle, built by Henry VIII to protect the Solent from invading forces in 1547. Its pier is Grade II listed and is the longest timber pier in the country still open to the public. Visitors can enjoy wandering the meandering streets of the town with a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants or walking or cycling in the surrounding countryside.
Despite being a relatively small harbour, Yarmouth is a very popular cruising destination and its close proximity to the Needles makes it ideal for those entering or leaving the Solent. There are several boatyards and most repairs and marine services are available here.
Yarmouth Harbour, VHF Ch 68, has a range of mooring options including finger berths and pontoon moorings (both walk ashore and non-walk ashore) as well as 35 mooring buoys just outside the harbour. Vessels over 14m LOA should contact the Harbour Office prior to their arrival. Electricity and water are available on the finger and walk ashore pontoons and shower and laundry facilities are located at the Harbour Office. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the harbour.
Harold Hayles Boatyard is situated by the bridge in Yarmouth Harbour and offers private pontoon visitor moorings in the harbour or up the River Yar. Both may be booked in advance. The harbour pontoons are walk ashore and the town is just a short walk away over the bridge.
An anchorage is also available just outside the harbour, just to the north or south of the visitor mooring buoys.