West Quay Beach (Newhaven)

West Quay Beach (Newhaven) - East Sussex
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West Quay beach is located on the western side of the port of Newhaven’s breakwater. A passenger ferry service runs from here to the port of Dieppe in France. The beach is composed of a bank of pebbles and shingle above the high water mark with some sand as the tide goes out. 

Newhaven Fort sits above the cliffs behind the beach. Completed in 1871, it played an important role in both world wars.  It is now an award-winning visitor attraction with a 1940s-themed tea-room.

Newhaven’s West Beach, owned by French company, Newhaven Port and Properties (NPP) was closed in 2008 because of safety concerns about the crumbling sea-defence walls and harbour steps.  In 2015 local campaigners attempted to have the beach awarded village green status, so that it would be forced to re-open, but the Supreme Court ruled in favour of NPP.  A fence now stops members of the public entering the beach, or accessing the breakwater and lighthouse.

The River Ouse enters the sea at Newhaven and the town boasts two Marinas, one on the river and one at West Quay.  The West Quay Marina provides berthing for some smart yachts and has a modern apartment block with a nautical-themed tower.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed but there are no dog bins.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Water skiing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Slipway

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

TV 4468 9989


There is parking for 60 cars at the beach. There is a charge for using the car park.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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West Quay Beach (Newhaven) Reviews

Aug 17th 2022

Great stop for motorhomes waiting for ferry. But very noisy with vans that seem to be there permanently who see no problem playing loud music all the time.  No rules it seems.  I wonder if they pay £10 a night ???