There are a number of visitor moorings in Lincoln city centre, for cruisers and narrow-boats, including the Brayford Pool, the Fossdyke and the River Witham.
Situated in the centre of the city, just minutes away from the High Street shopping area, Lincoln’s Brayford Harbour (known locally as ‘Brayford Pool’ or 'Lincoln Marina') is the oldest inland Harbour in England, dating from pre-Roman times.
Once a thriving port, the Brayford area is now one of the most vibrant and exciting parts of Lincoln, boasting a 21st Century university campus, stylish restaurants and internationally renowned hotels. For more history go to the Visit Lincoln website.
For boaters, access to and from the North Sea and the rest of the inland waterways network is provided from the west via the Roman Fossdyke Canal, the tidal section of the River Trent and the Humber. The North Sea can also be accessed via the River Witham to and from Boston and the Wash.
Boaters traveling through the Brayford should keep to the navigable channel to the north of the Pool as the water is quite shallow outside this navigation.
Moorings in Lincoln
There are a limited number of visitor moorings available in the Brayford located in the western end of the Pool. The narrowboat moorings are close to the slipway under the University Bridge where boaters well may asked to moor two abreast. The cruiser moorings are just to the east of the Bridge on the south side of the water opposite the Sea Cadets HQ.
There are also a number of 48hr Canal and River Trust moorings located just outside the Pool, although these do fill up quite quickly, as indeed do the Harbour moorings.
Long Term Moorings
The Harbour has longer term moorings for both cruisers and narrow boats. Contact the Harbourmaster on 01522 521452 for details of availability and costs.
As the moorings are very popular pre-booking is recommended, particularly during the holiday season and at weekends. The Harbourmaster can be contacted on 01522 521452 or 07751 271786.
The Harbour Office (currently signed ‘Lincoln Marina’) is located on the south bank of the Brayford and is open between the hours of 10am and 4pm, seven days a week from April until October and Monday to Saturday between November and March.
The Harbour has water and electricity available to visiting boaters and a small shower and toilet block located next to the Office.
There are further toilets, showers, laundry and pump out facilities available at the Canal and River Trust depot, approximately a quarter of a mile to the west along the Fossdyke Canal.
Full marina facilities including maintenance, repair, cranage and chandlery are available at Burton Waters Marina, three miles to the west. Burton Waters can be contacted on 01522 567404 or by visiting the Burton Waters website. By road, Morton Boats is about 6 miles south of Lincoln. Call 01522 868689 or visit the Morton Boats website.
The nearest Car Hire facilities are Europcar (01522 512233) and Hertz (0843 309 3051), both just a few minutes walk from the Harbour. Lincoln Central railway station is also nearby, providing regular services to the North and Midlands and to London.