Harwich Travel Guide

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Harwich Things to Do

  • 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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  • The Redoubt...

    The Redoubt is a sunken, 180' circular fort that was built between 1808 - 1810It was constructed in response to the threat of a Napoleonic invasion, at the same time that 29 Martello towers were built around the coastline...French prisoners-of-war are said to have been employed in its construction, on a site where a house first had to be...

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  • High Lighthouse...

    Daniel Asher Alexander was the architect commissioned to design & engineer the Harwich high lighthouse, which stands 7 floors tall, with an originally coal-fired lantern...The red-brick tower has 9 sides, with a decorative stone roof, capped with an urn, which has no purpose in the function of the light...It was erected under the supervision of...

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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 lighthouses was made redundant in 1863, due to the altering course of the channel, & the matching pair of cast iron lights in Dovercourt,...

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  • Lifeboat Museum...

    The Harwich Society maintains a museum to the towns lifeboat service in the old Victorian lifeboat house, Timberfields...The lifeboat shed was first built in 1921Amongst the exhibits pertaining to Harwich itself, is the former Clacton-0n-Sea lifeboat; Valentine Wyndham-Quin, which was in service from 1968 - 19840pening hours - 11:00 - 15:00 -...

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  • Treadwheel Crane...

    The treadwheel crane was built at the old Naval Shipyard, (now Navyard Wharf - see separate tip...) in 1667It was moved to Harwich Green, & is now a Grade II listed building, as the only remaining double-treadwheel crane of its type, in 1932Each wheel was capable of containing a standing man, at 16' diameter x 3'10" wide, spaced 4' apart,...

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  • 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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  • 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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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 Nightlife

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    The Alma Inn & Dining Rooms, is located in central Harwich town, which is not a specific direction, because so are several other such public houses...
    However, the Alma Inn, is perhaps just that little bit special, having been founded during the Crimean War, hence the name of the inn, taken from that of the town there, where 1 of the decisive battles took place...
    From its outside appearance, the Alma Inn does not seem to have changed noticably since then, & the decor inside remains Dickensian - I especially like the frosted glass windows...
    If you need an excuse in order to visit the Alma, then for the sake of historical interest, it was once home of, Sara Twitt, the first wife of the Mayflower captain, Christopher Jones (see separate tip...)
    As well as serving a range of ales & other drinks, the Alma Inn has a reputation for its quality of food served daily...
    0ther entertainment includes a regular quiz night; live music; & performing artists during the annual Shanty Festival (see separate tip...)
    0pening hours - 12:00 - 23:00 daily

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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 Hotels

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Harwich Local Customs

  • Foresters...

    Foresters is a timber-framed house in central Harwich, which stands out from the rest of the street, because of its buff-coloured plasterwork...It is thought to be the oldest dwelling in the town, built in 1450& perhaps not surprisingly considering the history of this maritime place, was once a pub, The Foresters Arms from 1800 - 1940The house was...

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  • The Harwich Society...

    The Harwich Society was officially formed in 1969The main project of the society then, which continues today, is the restoration of the Redoubt fort (see separate tip...)The restoring of the Redoubt alone, has cost the society upwards of £100 000The Harwich Society has also restored the old lifeboat house, which houses the Lifeboat Museum, & the...

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  • 21 King's Head Street...

    21 King's Head Street was the former residence of Christopher Jones - Captain of The Mayflower...The Grade 2 Listed building bears a small plaque denoting its historical importance...Christopher Jones is thought to have been born in the town in 1570The Mayflower was a trading ship, mostly used for carrying kegs of wine to Harwich from France, with...

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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Harwich Off The Beaten Path

  • Harwich Town Brewing Co...

    Harwich's local brewery might not actually be 'off the beaten path', located as it is beside the town's railway & bus stations, but you might still miss it, such an unremarkable 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...

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  • Navyard Wharf...

    The Navyard Wharf is located on Harwich seafront, on the tight corner, directly opposite the Pier Hotel...The site was a 12th Century castle, which became a shipyard in the 16th Century, which was inspected by Elizabeth 1 in 1561To the right of the main gates is a large board on which are listed all the Men-0f-War constructed in the old Naval...

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  • Light Vessel East Goodwin...

    The East Goodwin lightship sits midpoint at the mouth of the River Stour, marking the port & starboard channels, to traffic...The name East Goodwin derives from the fact that the vessel was originally located on the Goodwin Sands, but was brought to Harwich Docks for repairs, & has remained offshore, ever since...In 1896, the East Goodwin was...

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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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