Newhaven Town Council was formed in 1974. There are 18 councillors representing three wards: Denton ward (five councillors); Meeching (seven); and Valley (six).

Today, the Denton Island Business Park lies to the north of the town on the west bank of the river. The business park has attracted a number of businesses to the area with the basepoint Newhaven Enterprise Centre being the focal point. The centre has attracted a lot of new businesses to the area.

If food and drink are more your thing, then be sure to follow Normandy's celebrated Cheese and Cider Route, stocking up on camembert, Pont L'Évênque, Calvados, and cider along the way. For the young (and the young at heart) you could also head a little further south to the most magical theme park in Europe: Disneyland Paris. Our port in Dieppe is our closest port to Paris, making it the ideal starting point for your journey. ​

Newhaven Ferry port facilities include showers, a freight lounge, a café and a lounge area. Short and long term car park facilities are available nearby.

Head across the Channel on our Newhaven to Dieppe route and in just 4 hours you can sail in comfort from the south of England to France's beautiful Normandy coast. There’s so much to do onboard, plus you can pack as much as you like and even bring pets onboard with you too!

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At European level, Newhaven is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2014 election returned 3 Conservatives, 1 Liberal Democrat, 4 UK Independence, 1 Labour and 1 Green, none of whom live in East Sussex.[26]

The parish church is dedicated to St Michael and is shared by the Church of England and Methodist communities.[35] The Roman Catholic church is dedicated to the Sacred Heart (Church of the Sacred Heart).

The main landmark in the town is the Newhaven Fort. The new waste incinerator is a major landmark, the chimney being visible from the sea as well as from Firle Beacon and parts of Seaford.

During World War II, large numbers of Canadian troops were stationed at Newhaven, and the ill-fated Dieppe Raid in 1942 was largely launched from the harbour.

Newhaven ferry port overlooks the English Channel, one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. It is located on the south coast of England in the county of Sussex at the mouth of the river Ouse. It is the closest port to London with Ferry links to France, and is ideally placed between the seaside resorts of Brighton and Eastbourne with quick and easy access to the rest of the UK.

Throughout the Middle Ages, the main outlet and port of the Ouse was at Seaford (one of the Cinque Ports).

With onboard facilities including a restaurant, a shop, and a bar with floor to ceiling windows and stunning sea views, your holiday will start the moment you board. Kids will love being out on deck, and there is also a play area to keep them entertained.

Our ferries to Dieppe from the UK depart 2 or 3 times a day (depending on the time of year) and take just 4 hours to reach their destination. View the Newhaven-Dieppe sailing schedule to check our departure times.

There was a Bronze Age fort on what is now Castle Hill.[4]

The main part of the town is located on the west side of the river, there is also a residential area at Denton and Mount Pleasant on the slopes of the Downs to the east. Industrial areas lay on the east side of the river as do all three of the railway stations which serve Newhaven; Newhaven Town, Newhaven Harbour and the now redundant Newhaven Marine. Recent housing development has taken place at the West Quay, Harbour Heights and August Fields.

However, shingle continued to accumulate and so the mouth of the Ouse began to migrate eastwards again. Under the Ouse Navigation Act (1790), a western breakwater was constructed to arrest longshore drift and so cut off the supply of shingle to the spit.[8] A new outlet (The Cut) was built on the river's present course, below Castle Hill. At that time the settlement began to be known as the "new haven". The present breakwater was built in 1890.[5]

Newhaven is a town in the Lewes District of East Sussex in England.[3] It lies at the mouth of the River Ouse, on the English Channel coast, and is a ferry port for services to France.

The town is officially twinned with La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin (La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin-french) in France (near Orléans) since 2011 (13 November) and 2012 (28 January 28),[36] the official Twinning Charter signing dates which took place in Newhaven and in La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin with both Mayors and Chairmen of the Comité de Jumelage Chapellois and the Newhaven Twinning Association.

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Newhaven lies at the southern end of the cross-country A26 trunk road originating in Maidstone; and its junction with the A259 coast road between Brighton and Eastbourne. It is also located on the Seaford Branch Line from Lewes; there are two operating stations: Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour. A third, for all intents and purposes unused since its train ferry services ceased using it, was Newhaven Marine railway station.[29]

Newhaven is sited at the mouth of the River Ouse in East Sussex. It is an important South Coast harbour providing cross channel connections to the continent for both private passengers and commercial vehicles. Newhaven Port & Properties Limited are the Statutory Harbour Authority, and as such are responsible for the ongoing management and safety of the Port of Newhaven.

The UK Parliament constituency for Newhaven is Lewes. The Liberal Democrat Norman Baker served as the constituency MP from 1997 until 2015, when Conservative Maria Caulfield was elected.

To the east, in the neighbouring parish of Seaford was the village of Tide Mills, built in 1761, and now derelict. Here are the remains of workers' cottages, the tide mill itself, and a large saline lagoon which was the storage pond for high water to power the mills on the outgoing tide.

It was part of the Holmstrow hundred until the abolition of hundreds in the 19th century.[9]

The open land surrounding Newhaven to the west, north and east is part of the South Downs National Park, although the town itself is excluded from the boundaries.

The port is the proposed main landside site for E.ON's development of the offshore-Rampion Wind Farm.[13]

Hop across the Channel from Newhaven to Dieppe, in the heart of Normandy with our short, 4-hour ferry crossing. It’s the perfect way to explore western France or even head to Paris!

Our Newhaven-Dieppe route provides a convenient gateway to central, southern and western France and beyond. Choose to travel with your car, caravan, motorhome, motorcycle, and bicycle or even on foot, and unlike flying, there's no need to worry about baggage restrictions as you can pack as much as you like into your vehicle. You can even take your pets for a small extra charge. 

Northern France is an ideal destination for lovers of the great outdoors, with walking, sailing, fishing, cycling, kayaking, and golfing all available, set in France's beautiful forests, valleys and meadows.


Newhaven population (12,232 persons) are 59% of working age; 22% are 15 and under; and 19% retirement age. There are over 360 businesses in the town. Unemployment (higher than the South-east average) was at 2.4%.[27]

Walkers on the long-distance footpath, the Vanguard Way end their journey here from East Croydon in south London.

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The Newhaven Marconi Radio Station was established in 1904, and started running in 1905. The station was owned and operated by the Marconi Radio Company and achieved regular ship to shore radio communications in approximately 1912.

To the east of Newhaven is the 50,000ft production factory of King and McGaw,[21] the UK's largest online Art provider. [22] The company currently employs around 70 people [23] and its contribution to the area was recognised in April 2014 with a visit from local MP Norman Baker.[24]

Notice is hereby given that A vacancy has occurred in the Newhaven Meeching Ward for a member to serve on the Newhaven Town Council for the period expiring May 2019. If ten local government electors for the Newhaven Meeching Ward of the tow...

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There are two secondary schools in the town: Seahaven Academy (previously known as Tideway Comprehensive),[30] and UTC@Harbourside which opened in Newhaven in September 2014 for 14- to 18-year-olds. There are four primary schools:[31] Denton Community Primary, Meeching Valley, Harbour Primary School and Newhaven Academy which opened in September 2015 in brand new buildings in Southdown Road, on what was part of the Tideway Comprehensive School site. [32]

Newhaven lies at the mouth of the River Ouse, in the valley the river has cut through the South Downs. Over the centuries the river has migrated between Newhaven and Seaford in response to the growth and decay of a shingle spit (shoal) at its mouth.

The Newhaven Local & Maritime Museum is operated by the Newhaven Historical Society and is a registered charity. The Planet Earth Museum and Sussex History Trail is dedicated to the history of the earth.[33] They are both located at Paradise Park which is a garden centre owned by the Tate family.[34]