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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.


Brayford Trust Business Plan

The Brayford Trust is an independent charity contracted with the City Council on a not-for-profit basis to maintain and preserve the Brayford Pool.

The Trust produces a Business Plan every five years setting out its objectives for agreement with the Council. The latest draft plan covering the period 2019/20 to 2023/24 can be viewed by following the ‘Business Plan’ link below.

The Business Plan can be found here.


Brayford Harbour

There are now excellent facilities for mooring boats in Lincoln in the historic Brayford Pool, reputedly the oldest inland harbour in England dating back to Roman times.

Located in the heart of the City where the River Witham meets the Fossdyke Canal, the Brayford Harbour offers a unique, and interesting stop for visiting cruisers and narrowboats navigating the Lincolnshire waterways, as well as providing berths for those seeking a long term leisure mooring in a lively city environment.


Navigation in the Pool

Please ensure when travelling through the Pool that you keep to the navigational channel towards the north bank other than when accessing the moorings themselves, as the water can be quite shallow outside these areas.



There are now 130 leisure moorings in the Pool with a further 15 designated exclusively for visiting boaters. The moorings are all floating pontoon berths with fresh water and electricity available to each. These berths are located on the south bank of the Pool with the cruiser moorings in the south-west corner and the narrowboats towards the eastern end.

To access or reserve a berth please see below.


Reserving a Berth

For information about how to apply for leisure mooring in the Pool, please contact the Harbourmaster via the contact details below.

Similarly, if you are just visiting the Pool, although it may be possible to find a mooring on the day it is recommended that you reserve a berth in advance or at least call ahead before arrival especially in the busy summer and bank holiday periods.

If for any reason you are unable to contact the Harbour staff in advance, please tie up on the south wall near to the Harbour Office (see below) and call in to arrange a berth. This area is non-reservable and is also used for short term or overnight visitor mooring


Mooring Fees

Leisure moorings – minimum six months:

          £156  per metre per year (based on an annual payment )

Short Term – Visitor Mooring

          £10 daytime only £15 overnight stay (on floating jetties)

          £5 and £10 respectively on harbour wall (limited availability)


Harbour Office

The Brayford Harbour Office is located on the waterside in the ground floor of the University of Lincoln’s Cygnet Wharf development (the eight storey terra-cotta clad building in the south-western corner of the Pool) and is open:

1st March – 31st October

Open daily

10am – 6pm

1st November – 28th February

Open daily

10am – 4pm

Contact can also be made by;

           Telephone: 01522 521452


           Writing to: The Brayford Harbour Office, Cygnet Wharf, Campus Way, Lincoln LN6 7GA



Showers and toilets are provided for both permanent and visiting boaters and are located next to the Harbour Office. These are accessed via an entry fob or a numeric security code which will be given to you when you are allocated a berth.


Waterside Amenities

The north bank of the Brayford Pool has a wide array of restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels as well as a multiscreen cinema. The Lincoln High Street itself is only some two or three minutes walk away with all the amenities you would expect to find in a lively City centre.


Boating Facilities Nearby

The Lincoln Marina which used to be located in the Brayford Pool is now three miles upstream on  the Fossdyke Canal. Now much expanded and trading as Burton Waters Marina it offers all the facilities you would expect to find including a wide range of new and used boat sales. It has fuel (diesel and petrol), a chandlery, pump-out, workshops, slipway, hard standing, craneage,  and some additional visitor moorings

In addition to this provision the Canal and River Trust has its own facilities station just a quarter of a mile outside the Pool on the Fossdyke Canal. This has toilets, pump-out, showers and a laundry.