Location & Directions

How To Find Us

Shotley Marina is situated in Harwich Harbour where the River Stour meets the River Orwell, and yet is only eight miles by road from the county town of Ipswich. The A12 and A14 provide quick access to the country’s network of motorways, London and the Midlands being reached in under 75 minutes.

As the East Coast’s Premier Marina we have an unrivalled location, with first class facilities providing easy access to the North Sea and the continent is just 65 miles away. Shotley Marina is also the ideal base to cruise the beautiful rivers and creeks of the East Coast, immortalised by Arthur Ransome.

Reaching Us


The approach to Shotley Marina is straightforward. From seaward, see Stanfords No.6 or Imray Y16 and follow the recommended yacht track. At the Shotley Spit south cardinal turn to port. The channel marker posts bear 272° M. The port hand post is yellow & black Q.F. White 5 secs. The starboard hand post is Green Gp. Fl.(4) 15 secs. At the channel marker posts the state of the art “Inogon” system will help guide you to the lock gates. The lock control tower constantly monitors channel 80 .

By Road

From the A14, turn off at the junction with the A137 (south of Ipswich) and head towards Ipswich Central and Docks, past a dry ski slope on your right. At the roundabout bear right onto the B1456 to Shotley. Pass under the Orwell Bridge and keep going until you meet the River Stour (about 7 miles) and then turn left into the Marina.

By Rail

The nearest inter-city mainline station is Ipswich (London – Liverpool Street is one hour). From Ipswich station it is a fifteen minute taxi ride or 37 minutes by number 98 bus.

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