Visiting Sutton Harbour Marina this spring

Our marina in Plymouth has some of the UK’s finest cruising waters on the doorstep. Come and visit us this spring and enjoy our unrivalled marina location with the best attractions Plymouth has to offer.

How to get to Sutton Harbour Marina

We are in the very heart of Plymouth and really easy to get to. If you’re sailing into Sutton Harbour Marina from Plymouth Sound, the marina is accessed via Sutton Lock (50º21’.98N 04º07’.96W) – you will need to call the lock on 01752 204732 or VHF Channel 12.

If you’re heading to us by car, just join the A38 Devon Expressway to Plymouth and follow signs for Sutton Harbour and the Barbican – there is plenty of parking in the area! If you’re coming to us via public transport there’s regular direct train services to Plymouth from across the UK and bus services operated by Plymouth Citybus, it’s a short walk to Sutton Harbour from the train and bus station. If you’re on foot it’s an easy five-minute walk from the Plymouth city centre.

If you’re travelling to us by sea Brittany Ferries sail from Plymouth to France and Spain or you can sail directly into Sutton Harbour Marina from Plymouth Sound. There’s also the option by air, Exeter airport is only a 45 minute drive away with flights from across the UK.

Navigating the lock gates at Sutton Harbour Marina

For passage through Sutton Lock, all vessels must contact the lock office to arrange for lock-keepers to swing the footbridge. There is a freeflow period of up to three hours either side of high tide, view our monthly freeflow times to check ahead.

What you’ll find when you arrive at the Marina

Sutton Harbour is the historic heart of Plymouth, it has some of the oldest buildings in Britain’s Ocean City as well as exciting new developments created as part of the harbour’s regeneration. We are perfectly positioned between the bustling city centre and the sea, adjacent to the Barbican quarter and surrounded by the heritage of maritime adventure.

You’ll find cobbled streets lining the harbourside filled with maritime history and more than 200 listed buildings, from the Mayflower Steps at the entrance to Sutton Harbour from which the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World in 1620 to the world-famous gin distillery, housed in a former monastery dating back to the 15th century.

Places to eat at Sutton Harbour Marina

Plymouth is a food and drink haven, with many of the city’s best-loved bars, restaurants and cafes situated around the waterfront, serving up a wide range of cuisine and catering for every palate, from light bites to fine dining.

Tuck into freshly caught fish landed just across the harbour at Plymouth Fisheries or enjoy a drink watching the sun set over Sutton Harbour Marina, with al fresco dining and waterside views on every corner.

Things to do when visiting Sutton Harbour Marina

The harbour’s unparalleled historic landmarks are interspersed with some of the city’s most popular visitor attractions, including the National Marine Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK with more than 40 sharks. The barbican is host to many cosmopolitan independent shops, art galleries and antique stores.

A short walk across the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge leads to the Barbican Leisure Park with a cinema complex, nightclub and a number of well-known restaurant chains. You can also take a trip further afield and visit some of Devon and Cornwall’s most popular destinations, from Mount Edgcumbe Country Park to the famous wilds of Dartmoor.

Find out more about events, what’s on and things to do near Sutton Harbour on our website.