Many famous people have been moved to praise the Milford Haven Waterway. William Shakespeare was so inspired by its beauty he used it as one of the settings in his play Cymbeline. Admiral Lord Nelson called it ‘one of the greatest harbours in the world’ in 1802 and Daniel Defoe described it as ‘one of the best inlets of water in Britain’.
The 22 miles of navigable waterway rests within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Britain’s only coastal National Park, and has some stunning waters up river from the marina. Going west, the Waterway goes out through the Heads to the scenic Pembrokeshire coastline and islands of Skomer, Skokholm, Ramsey and Grassholm.
It is also an excellent stop off point en route to Ireland or up the Irish Sea to north Wales and Scotland.
Milford Marina was built in 1991 and continued investment has ensured that all berths are safe, secure and sheltered. With the latest security systems, strictly controlled pontoon access and first class facilities, they promise to provide the ultimate leisure boating experience.
Customers benefit from a range of facilities; complemented by a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants on the quayside. This is all reflected in the 4 gold anchors awarded by The Yacht Harbour Association.
The marina offers a boat hoist service up to a maximum of 14 tonnes for boat lift ins, lift outs and lift, hold and relaunch. They can accommodate 150 boats ashore in the boatyard, which is easily accessible from the marina, fully secure and situated within a locked and fenced compound that has 24 hour security coverage.
12 month contract holders enjoy:
- 10 weeks free storage in the boatyard
- Access to five free nights at over 120 marinas across the south coast of England, France, Spain and Portugal through Passeport Escales
- A Milford Marina Gold Card with exclusive discounts at local businesses
- Discounted petrol and diesel
- Invitations to regular social events, including monthly coffee mornings
- An option to pause your contract if you wish to take an extended sailing trip
Those wishing to try Milford Marina before committing to a contract can enjoy a complimentary trial night and lock gate tutorial, and those visiting for four nights between the 1 April to 30 September can enjoy the fifth night for free.
Windjammer Marine and Quadra Marine Services are on site marine service businesses, and offer chandlery items. Dyfed Electronics are also located on site, next to the Marina Office.
Havens Head Retail Park is a short walk away and is home to a Tesco supermarket and filling station, as well as a Boots, Peacocks, Poundland, The Food Warehouse and Home Bargains.
BERTHING & STORAGE
The marina offers 320 berths with a maximum length of 20m.
Liveaboards are welcomed and there are several contract holders who live on their boats all year round.
Milford Marina is manned 24/7, and all berths are sheltered. Surrounded by cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as easy access to good quality berth holder facilities, it really is an ideal place to call home.
By sea, access to Milford Marina is via the entrance lock. Since the opening of the new Samson Gates in 2015, access and exit can be as quick as 15 minutes.
The marina team are on hand to support you as you transit the lock and approach your berth.
When approaching the marina call Pier Head staff on VHF Channel 14 or telephone +44 1646 696310.
Beware of large ships and Irish Ferries entering and exiting the Haven. It is advisable when underway to monitor VHF12 Milford Haven Port Control.
When approaching the lock keep to the buoyed channel and follow the docks and marina leading lights, and beware of other vessels using the channel.
Milford Haven train station is just a short walk away, and trains run every two hours during the day to Manchester Piccadilly via Carmarthen, Swansea, Bridgend and Cardiff Central. Journey times are approximately two hours and 50 minutes to Cardiff and six hours to Manchester.
Bus services operate to St Davids, Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock, stopping regularly along the routes, and local bus services travel along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
Pembrokeshire’s waters are, quite simply, stunning and offer fantastic boating adventures. A beautiful coastline, wildlife rich islands and a grand waterway with quiet upper reaches, Pembrokeshire has something for everyone.
Milford Marina is well positioned to offer varied and extensive cruising with options to suit all ranges of experience from the novice to the blue water sailor.
Cruise along the waterway to Lawrenny, Pembroke, Angle, Sandy Haven and Dale, and go ashore (subject to state of tide) to enjoy lunch or a coastal walk, to explore the beautiful Cleddau Estuary, or venture a little further around the Pembrokeshire Coast to Solva, Fishguard, Saundersfoot or Tenby.
Further afield, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Carmarthen Bay and Swansea are all beautiful locations for a weekend cruise.
Pembrokeshire is the home of the military firing range at Castlemartin and there is an exclusion zone around the area during certain times of the year.
Milford Waterfront is home to a range of independently owned cafes and restaurants all within walking distance of the pontoons. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or just a drink in the sunshine, all of these things can be enjoyed at Milford Waterfront.
THINGS TO DO
Visit the award-winning Milford Haven Museum for a fascinating delve into Milford’s past.
The Waterfront Gallery showcases the best artists and craft workers in west Wales and has a changing programme of exhibitors throughout the year.
The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven is a vibrant centre for the arts. With a 300 seat auditorium, a bustling café and a popular art gallery, The Torch offers 900 shows, films, art exhibitions and live broadcasts to audiences in excess of 70,000 annually.
The coastal path can be accessed from Milford Marina which starts with magnificent views of the Milford Haven waterway with sites of historical and architectural interest.
Kellie and Ollie – Liveaboards on Auriga
“We enjoy being contract holders and full time liveaboards at Milford Marina for many reasons. It has a great atmosphere with the most kind and helpful people ranging from the other boat owners, to the staff in the marina and the local shops on the waterfront. The marina itself includes WiFi, off-road parking, 24 hour security, water and facilities (amongst other things). Electricity is at cost price unlike some marinas and there is the option of using the laundrette or the marina facilities. There are also many cafes, restaurants, bars and supermarkets within walking distance, so there is literally something for everybody. Over the past six months we have truly fallen in love with living in Milford Marina. We would highly recommend this marina to anyone who is looking to keep their beloved vessel in a fantastic marina with a great community.”
Marina Control, Cleddau House,
Milford Marina, Milford Haven,
West Wales, SA73 3AF