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24 hour

Berthing Rates

short stay:
£10.50 (5 hours)

£2.40 per metre

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YHA Rating



40 ton

240V, 16/30A

£1 deposit

24 hour


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About the Marina

Built around the historic Albert Edward Dock, the Royal Quays Marina has turned itself into one of the premier marinas of the north east coast of England through being awarded a five gold anchor status by the Yacht Harbour Association. Situated close to the entrance and on the southern banks of the River Tyne, the marina enjoys a 24 hour access via a modern yacht lock, where they are 350 sheltered and fully serviced pontoon berths with wall berthing for larger vessels. Its worth noting that the Royal Quays marina offers berthing discounts of up 50% for visitors with reciprocal arrangements. These arrangement include annual berth holders with Premier Marinas, members of the Trans Europe Marina network and a selection of marinas from all over the UK, Ireland, Holland and France. Royal Quays provides an ideal location from which to explore the Heritage Coast stretching all the way to the Scottish Boarder, passing Amble, Alnwick, Farne Islands, and Holy Island. Alternatively, an hours cruise up the River Tyne can take you to the heart of Newcastle, where just short of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the Quayside - a security controlled visitors pontoon right outside the glamourous ‘Pitcher & Piano’ restaurant bar.

Marina Approaches

All vessels must keep a listening watch on VHF Ch12 ‘Tyne VTS’ and when approaching the entrance of the Tyne all vessel must report in, stating the name of your vessel and that you wish to proceed from the Piers to Royal Quays. The North and South Piers mark the entrance of the River Tyne and are lit by lighthouses F1 (3) 10s and 0c WRG 10s respectively. The white sector of the sector light at the mouth of ‘The Narrows’ Dir Occ W10s & OccRG10s guide you between the two piers at approx 249°.

The 360m wide dredged channel initially runs on a WSW course and its well marked by port & starboard hand buoys. As the channel turns southwards, keep a watchful eye on the Shields Ferry which crosses between North and South Shields and the marina is on the right almost immediately after the ferry. Waiting pontoons are located adjacent to the starboard hand light at the entrance of the marina.

Access to the marina basin is via double sector lock gates. The lock operates at all states of the tide and is available 24 hours a day under the following schedule:

Locking-Out: on the hour and half hour
Locking-In: on the quarter past & quarter to the hour

All boat movements are controlled by traffic lights located on the middle pier.

RED - lock closed or in use, please keep clear of the gates.
GREEN - proceed into lock.

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