Harwich and around

There’s lots of things to do in and around Harwich, here are a few of them.

Dovercourt Bay Beach

A stroll from Harwich Town, Dovercourt Bay offers a beautiful, sandy stretch of beach and is a great spot for walking, watersports, sailing or wind-surfing.

Dovercourt Bay Beach

Electric Palace Cinema

The Electric Palace Cinema is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas to survive complete with its silent screen, original projection room and ornamental frontage still intact.  The cinema first opened its doors in 1911 and continues to show films on weekends throughout the year.

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Harwich Redoubt

An extremely impressive 180ft (60m) diameter circular fort built in 1808 to defend the port of Harwich against a Napoleonic invasion. It is the only such example open to the public. Eleven guns sit on the battlements. Eighteen casements below would house 300 troops in siege conditions. Part of the fort is now used as a military museum. Battle reenactments and other events are held during the summer months. The fort was restored by the Harwich Society as a voluntary project.

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Halfpenny Pier

Stroll along the Victorian planked pier, and enjoy the view across the river and out to sea. You can watch the boats arriving and leaving the port; ice creams available!

Ha'penny Pier Harwich

The Harwich Mayflower

The Harwich Mayflower Project is building an authentic replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to America to a better life in the New World.  Visitors can drop in to see the project.

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Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry

Where the rivers Stour and Orwell meet, Harwich Harbour separates Harwich on the Essex side and Shotley and Felixstowe on the Suffolk side. The ferry service runs throughout the summer months providing a frequent service for tourists to East Anglia.

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Historic Harwich

Official Harwich Website, a treasure trove of information about our town’s past, present and future.

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