1 Bannisters Wharf

Newport, Rhode Island 02840




The Wharf John Bannister built was the social and commercial lifeline to colonial Newport, the connector between an active harbor and an enterprising, young town. It was here that commodore Oliver Hazard Perry was received on his victorious return from the battle of Lake Erie in 1813 and it was Bannister's Wharf that hosted the successful 1977 America’s Cup defender, Ted Turner. The history of Bannister's Wharf has been an exciting one. It has been home and hostelry, a place to buy bread and a place to break bread. Always it has celebrated a certain "joie de vivre." This is the place where people come to experience the ambiance that is expressly Newport.

A century and a half ago, the shops that lined the Wharf were the purveyors of life's necessities. Today, twenty shops and galleries offer a diverse selection of life's niceties. They are welcoming places where storekeepers have assembled the unusual, the distinctive, the very, very tempting.

At the focal point of Bannister's Wharf is the Clarke Cooke House Restaurant, and some say it is the social and gourmet focal point of Newport itself. Here, serious diners and those in search of lighter fare or a purely social evening, gather. The chef is rarely referred to in less than reverent terms and the well preserved 18th century dining rooms provide the proper environment in which to enjoy his creations.

In the midst of all the eclectic dining and shopping experiences are the Bannister's Wharf Guestrooms. Why not spend the night with us and give yourself the treat of viewing some of the world's most famous and glamorous yachts from the deck of your room!

The Wharf's dockage puts visitors and yachtsmen in the company of several of the fine racing and cruising yachts for which Newport has become justly famous. At one end lies Newport's Harbor; at the other end, the city. A short walk yields discovery of an abundance of carefully restored colonial homes or the elegant grandeur of the Bellevue Avenue mansions. Here there is much to share, to savor, to celebrate.



Contact: Kelly McNally

Ph: 401.846.4500

Email: bannisterswharf@aol.com

Reservation Hours: M, T, Th, Fri 9-5, Wed & Sat 9-12, Sun main office is closed.

High Season May 1 - October 18, Low Season October 19 – April 30

See Room Rates and Room Photographs

Check in Directions, Times, Details 

Please call to reserve, sorry we don't offer online booking.

Cancellation Policy:  14 days for a refund of your total minus 5% credit card processing fees.

Info At A Glance:

BW guestrooms consist of four waterfront rooms, each with two double beds and deck overlooking the harbor.   Our fifth room has one queen bed, a view of the famous Newport Yachting Center that extends into the South West corner of the Harbor with a deck facing inland. This deck does allow access to the Marina yacht showers and shopkeeper restroom (not public use).  

We also offer 2 and 3 bedroom Studio rooms located just above the Brahmin handbag store, in a historical building here on the wharf. These guestrooms have a wet bar, lounge area each.  There is no deck or water view from these rooms, but they provide a spacious home away from home for your vacation with views of the wharf and shops. 

All guest rooms have mini-coffee makers, hair dryers, private bathrooms, cable/internet, refrigerator and air conditioning/heat.  All rooms are non smoking, please call for accessibility information.      



Once the home port for some of the world’s most famous yachts including Endeavour, Shamrock V, Ticonderoga, and Dennis Connor’s Stars and Stripes, Bannister’s Wharf is the most coveted deep water dock space located in the center of Newport Harbor. Bannister’s Wharf is a 30-slip, deep-water marina with floating docks as well as a 280 foot fixed pier. The marina welcomes sail and power vessels, both large and small. 

John Bannister established the Wharf in 1742 as a commercial and social lifeline for Colonial Newport. It has fulfilled that purpose through many manifestations, down to the present day. From Oliver Hazard Perry to Ted Turner, sea captains have looked to Bannister’s Wharf to fulfill their maritime and social requirements. Stores, boutiques, and galleries along the wharf will satisfy any shopping desire you may have, and a visit to the highly acclaimed Clarke Cooke House restaurant will prove to be the quintessential Newport experience!

Marina Approach and Docking

Bannister’s Wharf Marina is a 30-slip, deep-water marina located at the wharf’s end. It is located in the center of Newport Harbor, adjacent to the Newport Yachting Center. The marina has both floating docks with fingerpiers and stationary, alongside docking and can accommodate large yachts. Marina hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in-season, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. off-season.

Contact Information

Radio: VHF Channel 9 
Dock Office: (401) 846-4556 
Dock Office Fax: (401) 846-7732 
E-mail: bwdocks@aol.com 
Dockmaster: Jim McCarthy

Information at a Glance

Dockage Rates: Call for rates 
Payment: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover 
Transient Slips: 30 MLW/LOA: 16’/280’ 
Fuel: Gas/Diesel Electric: 30/50/100 Amp 
Pump-Out: Available 
Head/Shower: Yes/Yes; newly renovated 
Laundry: Nearby 
Airport: Providence TF Green – 40 minutes, Boston/Logan - 75 minutes 
Accommodations: Waterfront guestrooms and historic suites 



Newport Mansions Stores

Take home a reminder of your visit to Newport from the Newport Mansions Stores.

Out of one sailing Captain's love for the sea, his island home, and of course, his dog, The Black Dog Brand was born.

Selling only quality British and European clothing and accessories to a discriminating customer.

Classically worn and will stay in your wardrobe forever. Fashion trends here come straight from Paris and the extended boho chic community .

It is a refreshingly chic collection of sportswear designed for today’s modern, yet refined woman. 

Onne van der Wal's award winning nautical photography is world renowned for its unique composition,

 Smoothies, Shakes and Freshly Baked Waffle Cones are a few of the specialties you'll find at our Wharf shop. 

Brahmin is an American company who specializes in handbags and accessories that possess a magnetic beauty.

Newport harbor is one of the most historic, exciting and beautiful harbors in New England. 

From Flip-Flops to hats, Flop Up Shop is a quaint specialty flip flop shop

Costal inspired  home decor for cottages to 

mansions we have you covered

We design, create and curate sea-inspired pieces for anyone who enjoys the ocean view.  

The Coffee Grinder offers quality food, cheerful service, and one of the nicest settings available .

The Candy Store Cup 2017 Superyacht Regatta will be hosted and organized by Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf .

A reminder of the spirit of Newport and resort clothing for the whole family.

It’s the spirit of the sailmaker, who loves the nostalgic nautical look und who creates clothing even for the most unpredictable weather .

McMillen Yachts Inc. was founded by Earl McMillen III in 1992 following six years of extensive hands on classic yacht restoration.  

At the center of the action is Newport Shipyard. With the biggest lifts, cleanest facilities, and the most dock space in town .