Harwich Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by arturowan
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by arturowan
  • Harwich town @ the mouth of the Stour...
    Harwich town @ the mouth of the Stour...
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Harwich Things to Do

  • Go container port spotting...

    Felixstowe is the biggest container port in UK & 4th busiest in Europe, & I've many times found it a fascinating place just in order to observe the arrival & departure of ferries & international container ships unloading...However, because the terminus is so expansive, going to Felixstowe itself to spot the activity, is like 'not being able to see...

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  • LV18

    Light Vessel 18 was the last manned lightship in England, & is now moored at Harwich Quay...This is a temporary berthing because as usual, Harwich council do not want anything to do with what Harwich as a town is all about, to be seen by the public, let alone for it to attract tourism to the area...According to them, the LV18 is an "eyesore!" -...

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  • A quaint place to relax...

    I think many foreigners visit my country, expecting it to be "quaint" - Harwich as a town, ain't that, but it does have its quaint features; relics of the past that managed to survive the neglect of the local council, & none more so than Ha'penny Pier...This isn't the extensive boardwalk you'll encounter in nearby Walton-on-the-Naze, or...

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  • ROUGHS SANDS FORT...

    Look out to sea on a clear day, from anywhere along the Harwich, Dovercourt, or Walton-on-the-Naze coast, & on the horizon will be seen a structure that resembles a table with extra thick legs... This is Roughs Sands fort, yet another wartime relic in the Harwich area & the most northerly of the offshore forts sited in 1942 to deter minelaying in...

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  • One Of A Kind - The Treadwheel Crane

    If walking down the waterfront past the Green you'll notice this oddbod of a wooden building. This is another of the Harwich Society's preservation projects and a very unique one it is too.This is a two-man "Treadwheel Crane" and is the only one of its kind in the UK. It was built in 1667 at the Admiralty Dockyard for hoisting heavy shipbuilding...

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  • Another Cracking Pub - The Hanover

    If you like your pubs traditional they don't come much more traditional than The Hanover Inn. This is a proper community pub where the friendly owners take pride in being involved with the local groups and organisations.Us thirsty passers-through are equally welcome with a good selection of beers on offer, as well as all the other things pubs sell....

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  • The Alma Inn - Ideal For An Afternoon...

    The town's Alma Inn has seen its ups and downs over its 160, or so, years but is now under new (as of May 2010) ownership and has been transformed into a slightly upscale, but still traditional, bar and dining rooms.I haven't had a chance to eat here yet but the menu certainly looks worth trying, featuring mostly local produce and, of course, fish...

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  • Harwich Maritime Museum...

    Harwich Maritime Museum is housed in a disused former lighthouse, built along the esplanade, in the old town area of Harwich Green...The actual lighthouse is 1 of a pair, 150 yards apart, both built in 1818, the 90' high building still towers over the centre of the old town, & though no longer used as a light, is still a navigational mark...Both...

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  • Watching The Container Ships

    Across the harbour from Harwich's town port is the Port of Felixstowe which is the UK's largest shipping container operation. The port handles about 40% of all UK container transport, about three and a half million units anually, and the ships using it come from all over the world.The ships carefully edging into dock are fascinating to watch,...

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Harwich Hotels

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  • The Pier at Harwich

    The Quay, Harwich, CO12 3HH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The Tower Hotel

    Main Road, Harwich, CO12 3PJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Premier Inn Harwich

    Parkeston Rd, Dovercourt, Harwich, CO12 4NX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Harwich Restaurants

  • Best Value Breakfast In Town

    Muppets is an archetypal "Greasy Joe" cafe with its nice simple, mostly fried food, menu and formica topped tables. Service is friendly and brisk and the place is popular with shoppers and local businesses for breakfasts, snacks and lunches (closed in the evenings). The standard breakfast at £3.95 includes a mug of tea or coffee and is just that -...

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  • Interestingly-Named But Naff Nosh

    I'm a great lover of Thai food. I like the simplicity, the cleanliness of the flavours and so when I noticed this little place, with the clever name, I reckoned I'd be in for a treat.The restaurant itself, in an 18th century Grade II listed former pub called the Half Moon, is characterful and formally elegant with subtle Thai decorations and...

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  • Naffly-Named But Fabulous Food!

    In my experience small town Chinese restaurants in the UK can often be surprisingly good and this little one here in Harwich (actually it's in Dovercourt if you want to be pedantic) certainly confirms my already established viewpoint.The "Peking" name is a bit unoriginal and the decor, with its couple of hanging lanterns and the bog-standard...

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  • Harwich's Upscale Eatery!

    The Pier Hotel's main restaurant is decidedly geared for more formal eating but downstairs it does offer the Halfpenny Pier Bistro with more simple offerings for us mere proles. Personally I found the service on the wrong side of stuffiness but then maybe that's just me.For a lunchtime spot overlooking the harbour this is the prime position to sit...

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  • Interesting "Fish and Chips"

    In search of simple light lunch I noticed the short but interesting menu here at The Ship at Old Harwich and being a spit away from the harbour decided to drop in to have a crab salad. HA! "Sorry sir. crab salad is off today - no crabs" informed my bouncily upbeat server (who I think is probably one half of the ownership). I really had fancied a...

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  • Great Seafood !

    I attended a company function at the Pier Hotel in November 2005 - lunch with the Mayor ! We had a set three-course menu, and it was really, really good. I always intended to go back and try it properly, and we finally made it one Sunday evening in June 2006.The Pier Hotel is now owned by Milsom Hotels, who also own the world famous restaurant "Le...

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Harwich Transportation

  • 2-wheel touring...

    Harwich is a main link on 2 well-mapped routes intended for the long-distance cyclist:The North Sea Cycle Route;UK National Cycle Network.Both routes are signed with blue rectangles with a white bicycle, a number to signify the actual route, & arrows pointing in which direction to follow...There are no shortage of these signs in & around Harwich,...

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  • Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry...

    Although Harwich, Felixstowe, & Shotley Gate are all within a mile of each other, as the seagull flies, it's impossible to visit all 3 in 1 day, if you're hiking or cycling, because each 1 is on a separate peninsula - that is unless you take the foot ferry which connects all 3 in a single voyage...Fares vary depending on whether or not you're doing...

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  • Harwich Cruise Terminal

    As well as the regular ferry services Harwich has become a popular international cruise port both as a departure and arrival dock as well as with visiting ships. The modern terminal building was built in 1996 and during the summer months now greets three or four boats every week.The cruise terminal building is located behind the railway station,...

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Harwich Shopping

  • Where To Get Your Postcard Stamps

    Here in the UK you can buy postage stamps from all sorts of places but these are for UK postings only. If you need postage stamps for anywhere else you'll need to find a Post Office.Here in Harwich the Post Office in Church Street not only sells stamps but the postcards to go with them. It also has all sorts of useful other bits and bobs including...

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  • General Shopping Tip

    Harwich's High Street is the continuation of Main Road which runs eastwards from the town's railway station. The High Street links the contiguous towns of Harwich, Dovercourt and Parkeston (where it once again becomes Main Street) although it's unclear where the individual townships boundaries are.Here you'll find a good assortment of shops, banks...

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Harwich Local Customs

  • St00r, or St0wer?

    The River Stour is a west-east running, major waterway, depicted by Constable where it flows through the Dedham Vale, most famously at Flatford Mill...The Stour is a natural boundary, with its source in Cambridgeshire, becoming tidal at the Cattawade sluice, near Manningtree, where it serves to separate the southern coast of Suffolk, from the...

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  • Harwich International Shanty Festival...

    The annual Harwich Shanty Festival takes place in order to celebrate England's rich cultural heritage of traditional seafaring songs...As well as recitals of shanties, the festival includes displays of maritime crafts; street theatre; barge trips; & theme-related workshops...0f course, taking place in Harwich - a town with a pub around every...

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  • Pubs, Pubs, Pubs...

    Around the turn of the 19th into the 20th centuries Harwich boasted a total of 35 pubs and hostelries (with another dozen in Dovercourt). Until the start of the First World War in 1914 Harwich was popular with summer daytrippers, as well as having a busy Naval Dockyard, and so there was plenty of trade to go around.During the war the Dockyard ran...

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Harwich Warnings and Dangers

  • Beacon Hill fort...

    Beacon Hill fort was first built due to threat of invasion, during WWI & was retired, unused, at the end of this conflict. WWII made Harwich particularly vulnerable to attack, not only if Hitler's 0peration Sea Lion had gone ahead to invade, but because of the new threat from long range aircraft, capable of bombing the British coastline. The old...

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  • Get Off Yer Bike And Walk!

    The North Sea Cycle Route is the World's longest. Over 6,000 km in length the route takes in all eight countries that border the North Sea - Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and England. Where there is no overland crossing between countries the route uses ferry services and here at Harwich the connection to the...

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Harwich What to Pack

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    by arturowan Updated May 6, 2014

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Like any English seaside resort, Harwich is prone to sudden showers, severe winds, & sudden, chilling fogs, that can turn a sunny, clear day, into a myopic cloud in which you can only just see your outstretched hand, in the space of 10 minutes, so take a combined wind/waterproof, with a hood, gloves, etc...

    Photo Equipment: Harwich is a great resort to go spotting - whether it's of container ships, ferries, fishing boats, or birdwatching, so pack binoculars, or a telefoto lense...

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Harwich beach is not worth the effort, so if you're packing for a resort day-out, make sure the gear is lightweight, as you'll have to carry it in to Dovercourt Haven...

    Miscellaneous: Harwich has a pub around every corner, be prepared if you have a weakness for 'taking a jar' !

    Felixstowe docks...
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Birdwatching
    • Beer Tasting

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Harwich Off The Beaten Path

  • Harwich Town Brewing Co...

    Harwich's local brewery might be located beside the town's railway & bus stations, but you might still miss it, such an unpreposessing old shed is its home!The building in Station Approach was a former railway goods shed, now as you can see from the photo's, full of barrels of brew in various states of fermentation...Harwich once had more pubs...

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  • The Quarrymen...

    The most famous departure from Harwich dock, will always be that of The Mayflower - it could be said, the voyage that founded USA...That historic event was in 1620Today, Harwich dock is only a commercial concern, the passenger ferries, which until a few decades ago, were equipped to receive an entire train from off of The Mayflower Line, a thing of...

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  • Kindertransport memorial plaque...

    In Harwich Crescent is a memorial bench, with plaque mounted on the sea wall, commemorating the town's role in the Kindertransport scheme...The location of the plaque & bench, facing the shipping lane in the North Sea, is purposeful, because this is where most of those aborad the rail ferries, would have first seen British land...10 000 Jewish...

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Harwich Favorites

  • If You Are A Dutch Person In Distress!

    Because Harwich port is Essex's main shipping terminal for freight and passsenger services to and from the Netherlands the Dutch Vice-Consulate is located here in Dovercourt, at the top end of the High Street.As a vice-consulate they don't issue or replace passports or identity cards (you need to go to London for that) but can be of assistance to...

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  • Shakers - If You Need A Freebie WiFi...

    Shakers pub, formerly the Mariners Hotel, is sortof self-styled as a trendy bar but is in fact more of a local boozer. It's a friendly enough little place and whilst it doesn't offer real beer does a pretty decent pint of Guinness.It's especially useful for us travellers in that it offers freebie WiFi to customers - ask at the bar for the code. The...

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  • Where To Get Your Laundry Done

    If travelling to or from the Continent via Harwich as part of a longer trip then a stop-off in town can allow you to catch up with your clothes washing. This little laundrette on Kingsway, just up the road from Dovercourt railway station, is cheap and friendly and you can either do your own or take advantage of their service wash.The service was is...

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