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Visit the Historic Port Town of Newhaven

Newhaven History

A DFDS Guide to Newhaven

Newhaven is your arrival port when you take the ferry from Dieppe. The city of Newhaven is first and foremost a historic port. Do not forget to visit the 19th century Fort, the largest fortification of its kind in Sussex, which is now open as a museum. Dating back to 1860, Newhaven Fort played a significant role during the First and especially during the Second World War.

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What to do in Newhaven

Visit the historic fort which, in addition to its important strategic position throughout both World Wars, including the Normandy landings, was the starting base for the Canadian units that carried out the Dieppe Raid in 1942.

The Seaford Museum is based in the 200-year-old Martello Tower. It has everything from the prehistoric era to modern day, including a Victorian schoolroom, wartime memorabilia and information on local shipwrecks.

West Beach has an enormous seashore boasting incredible views. Head to the east side of East Pier to dip your toes in the surf.

Lighthouse in Newhaven

Get Outdoors

Seven Sisters Country Park in East Sussex is made up of 280 hectares of breath-taking English countryside. The park takes its name from the chalk cliffs that line the coast here. A serpentine river weaves through the park which sits just outside Friston Forest, another fantastic retreat into nature if you’re after rich woodland over pastoral grasslands.

Just east from Newhaven Fort is Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve. Offering panoramic ocean views, this nature reserve is ideal if you’re looking to stay in Newhaven.

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