Major UK Ports

Listed clockwise around the English coast from the Scottish border.

Northeast England:

Port of Tyne – South Shields
Teesport – Middlesbrough



Immingham Dock, Port of Immingham, ABP

East Anglia:

Port of King’s Lynn – King’s Lynn docks, Norfolk (royal charter)
Great Yarmouth (royal charter)
Lowestoft: ABP
Felixstowe: Hutchison Whampoa
Port of Ipswich (ABP)
Harwich: ferry port

Thames Estuary:

Port of London (includes Tilbury and London Gateway)

Kent Coast

Port of Medway – Sheerness docks: commercial, old RN dockyard, ferry
Port of Whitstable: fishing, small commercial
Port of Ramsgate: ferry, leisure, lifeboat
Port of Dover: ferry

South coast (including Isle of Wight):

Newhaven: ferry port
Portsmouth: naval dockyards, ferry port, Maersk containers, cruise ship port
Southampton: DP World, ABP, ferry port, cruise liner port
Cowes: ferry port
Poole: ferry port, Royal Marine, commercial, fishing (royal charter)
Portland Port, Portland Harbour
Weymouth, Portland Harbour
Exmouth: Exmouth Lifeboat Station
Brixham: Torbay Lifeboat Station, fishing
Dartmouth: Royal Navy officer training, Dart Lifeboat Station
Plymouth: ferry port, Devonport Dockyard
Fowey: fishing, leisure, some commercial
Falmouth: Falmouth Docks, Falmouth Lifeboat Station, commercial, bunker fuel
Penzance: ferry, Newlyn, fishing, Penlee Lifeboat Station

Bristol Channel:

St Ives, Cornwall: fishing, lifeboat
Padstow: fishing
Appledore, Torridge, Devon: Appledore Shipbuilders
Bideford: fishing, shipbuilding
Avonmouth: planned Suezmax container terminal, Bristol Port Company
Bristol, Bristol Harbour, Royal Portbury Dock: Bristol Port Company
Gloucester: canal, River Severn


Cardiff Docks: containers, steel, forest products and dry and liquid bulks
Swansea: ferry to Cork
Pembroke Dock: ferry to Rosslare
Milford Haven
Fishguard: ferry to Rosslare
Port of Holyhead, Stena Line Ports Ltd are the statutory Harbour Authority, Irish Ferries: ferry to Dublin, amongst others
Mostyn: Airbus A380 wing transshipment

Northwest England:

Birkenhead: Peel Ports
Port of Liverpool, List of Liverpool Docks: commercial, cruise
Seaforth Dock,
Kings Dock,
Harrington Dock,
Hornby Dock,
Herculaneum Dock,
Pier Head,
Old Dock,
Langton Dock,
Canada Dock. formerly home to CP Ships
Alexandra Dock,
Huskisson Dock,
Brocklebank Dock
Port of Garston: ABP
Manchester: Peel Ports
Fleetwood: Wyre Dock railway station, fishing, now largely derelict
Heysham: Heysham Port railway station, ferry, freight
Barrow-in-Furness: shipyard, steelworks, marina, cruise?, Port of Barrow: ABP
Whitehaven: leisure, fishing
Silloth: ABP, feedstock, molasses, timber product

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