Yarmouth is an ancient harbour that has changed a lot over the years.
Yarmouth has been a settlement since 991 and the harbour was once important for the export of grain, livestock and coloured sand from Alum Bay and the import of coal for the local gasworks. Yarmouth Harbour now supports a variety of commercial, fishing and leisure craft and is a gateway to the Isle of Wight being the only ferry port in the West Wight.
Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners manage the harbour, and its jurisdiction extends over the Western Yar Estuary and out into the Solent. It also looks after the area around The Green and Norton Spit. The harbour is accessible at all states of the tide and attracts over 100,000 visitors a year.