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Moorings at King Edward Quay, the Hythe, Colchester

More information on moorings at King Edward Quay


  • Visitors' moorings
  • Long Term and Residential Moorings
  • Foot Ferry

King Edwards Quay is located off Haven Road, the Hythe and is owned and operated by Colchester Borough Council. King Edwards Quay was part of Colchester's historic port and the area's fascinating industrial heritage can be discovered by a series of art installations on the quay side.

Visitors' moorings

A pontoon is available for small boats for short term moorings of up to 48 hours, with no return within 7 days. The pontoon also provides access to the passenger ferry and space should be left to allow the ferry to moor onto the pontoon. The pontoon does not provide any facilities, however there are a number of restaurants within the area and a co-op supermarket is located within the adjacent student accommodation, The Maltings.    

Colchester Town Centre is easily accessible via The Hythe train station or using bus service 61 from the bus stop on Haven Road adjacent to Albany Gardens which runs approximately every 20 minutes. Alternatively you can walk to the town centre using the Port to Town Way Finding Trail, details of which are on this website. There is also access to the Countryside along the Wivenhoe Trail which is located on the opposite on the side of the river to King Edward Quay.

Long Term and Residential Moorings

The Council also provides long term, residential moorings along King Edwards Quay. These are subject to a yearly licence. Utility bollards providing water and electricity are located on the quay side. The Council operates a waiting list for vacancies at these moorings, if you are interested in joining the waiting list please email Please note that boats who wish to moor at King Edward Quay are required to be navigable under their own power and be of an acceptable appearance. 

On occasion boats at King Edward Quay are put up for sale. If you are proposing to buy a boat currently moored at King Edward Quay and wish to retain the boat at King Edwards Quay you will need a licence. Please email for more information.  Please note that although the Council generally allows existing boats to remain at King Edwards Quay when sold on this is not guaranteed. 

Foot Ferry

The foot ferry operated by Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners between Brightlingsea-Wivenhoe-Rowhedge-Colchester is accessed at the pontoon on King Edwards Quay.  Please contact the Brightlingsea Harbour Office on 01206 302200 for time table details as this route is dependent on the Tide Times.

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