The largest marina in Europe

Brighton Marina is the largest marina in Europe, and one of the largest in the world. It covers 127 acres, and extends 1,100 yards along the bottom of the cliffs at Black Rock, to the east of Brighton and over 600 yards into the sea.

Work began in 1971
It was originally the idea of a garage proprietor, Henry Cohen, in 1963. After a public inquiry, a town poll and two town meetings, Taylor Woodrow began work on it in March 1971.

Opened to the public in July 1978
The Marina was opened to the public in July 1978, and formally opened by the Queen in May 1979. In 1985, the Brent Walker company bought it for £13 million, and began a new £120 million development programme. Today the marina boasts amongst other attractions a 2,200 seat multiplex cinema, a supermarket and a pub, as well as 1,500 boat moorings and a small fishing fleet.

Comments about this page

  • I would like to know more about the history of Brighton Marina and how they reclaimed the land from the sea.

    By Philp Tapsell (30/10/2005)
  • Port Camargue now claims to be the largest marina in Europe with a 145 acre basin, 250 acres of land and over 4300 berths.

    By Steve Jerrard (12/02/2009)

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