Newhaven is a small coastal town in East Sussex.


Newhaven lies at the mouth of the River Ouse, in the valley the river has cut through the South Downs. Over the centuries the river has migrated between Newhaven and Seaford in response to the growth and decay of a shingle spit (shoal) at its mouth.

Get in

By train

There are two train stations in Newhaven; Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour. Unsurprisingly, Newhaven Harbour station is next to the port, while Newhaven Town station is, well, in town. There is only about a two minute journey between the two stations and they're both on the same line, so there's no problem if you miss the station you were meant to get off at. You can get to Newhaven easily with direct trains from Lewes and Brighton. You can also, with changes, get there from Eastbourne via Lewes, Gatwick Airport via Brighton, Portsmouth and Southsea station via Brighton and London Victoria via Lewes as well.

By ferry

If you are in Europe, you can take a ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven. The journey's about four hours, but there is a great restaurant on the ship serving cooked food with a nice, sea view. The price of one adult travelling with a small car at 6pm in December is roughly £117 one way, and travelling just on foot is roughly £25 one way.

By car

From Brighton, take the A259 east to Newhaven and from Eastbourne, take the A259 west to Newhaven. From Lewes, take the A26 south, then the A27 east briefly, before taking the A26 southbound again. From Gatwick Airport (and Crawley), take the M23 southbound, then the A23 southbound. Just before you reach Brighton, take the A27 east, then take the A26 southbound from near Lewes.

Get around

The town is not big enough to warrant taking a bus around, it is only about a fifteen minute walk from the entrance to the port to the north end of town (in an industrial estate). Car parking is available at the Fort and Paradise Park. Both of these places are within walking distance from the station and ferry port.


The interior of Newhaven Fort
Part of the Tide Mills





Being a port there's a fairly decent selections of drinking establishments, most pubs that serve food also serve alcohol


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