Harwich and Dovercourt

Where to go, what to see


The main tourist information centre at Iconfield Park, Parkeston has now been closed due to lack of funding. However the Ha’penny Pier Visitor Centre in Old Harwich has up-to-the-minute information on what to see, where to eat and where to stay in Harwich. You should also see the Harwich Diary for the dates of specific events in the area.


There are shopping centres in Old Harwich, Dovercourt (centred on junction of Kingsway and High Street) and Upper Dovercourt junction of Fronks Road and Main Road). There are Fiveways (Co-op) and Somerfield supermarkets in Dovercourt and a Safeway on the Dovercourt by-pass.

Museums and historical sites

Harwich has a rich history with many sites of interest, most of which are centred on Old Harwich. Try the links below — they lead to pages dedicated to various Harwich museums and sites of interest. A key to the map can be found on our Guided Tour page.

Guided tours

There are guided tours of Harwich to suit most tastes and interests. Our Guided Tour page should be your first port of call. There is even a DIY tour for you to print out and take with you, plus full details of guided walking tours and harbour trips.

The Redoubt — a circular Napoleonic fort dating from 1808
The Maritime Museum is housed in one of the town’s disused lighthouses
The National Wireless and Television Museum lives in another disused lighthouse
The Lifeboat Museum — housed in a Victorian lifeboat-house of 1876
The Ha’penny Pier Visitor Centre — housed in a Victorian pier ticket office, and now incorporating a Mayflower exhibition

Old Harwich


Dovercourt sea-front features a sandy beach that runs for 2 miles from Earlams Beach to Beacon Hill. Facilities are centred around the swimming pool and boating lake in Low Road. The bay and estuary provide excellent wind-surfing and dinghy sailing (see the Harwich Town Sailing Club page) conditions and there are many facilities in the area for visiting yachtsman (see the Harwich Haven Authority web-site). New overnight moorings on the Ha’penny Pier are now complete. The Ha’penny Pier is on Harwich’s old quay, so the moorings allow easy access to the Old Town for visiting yachtsmen. Alternative moorings can be found on the other side of the river at Shotley or Levington. (A water taxi operates between Harwich and Shotley.)

Seasonal events

Harwich is an old town with many traditions — some more traditional than others. We haven’t room to give you a digest of them here: the best thing is to check the Harwich Town Diary to find out what’s due to happen when you visit.

Where to eat and drink


Harwich has a wide range of restaurants to cater for all tastes, but wherever you go you will find fresh seafood on the menu reflecting the town’s strong links with the sea.

Public houses

Harwich and Dovercourt have many pubs, all of which are somebody’s favourite local. We have a
Contact Point page devoted to them: click the button. Most serve food ranging from full three course meals to bar snacks at lunchtime and/or evenings. If you appreciate or have yet to experience real ale you will find plenty of pubs providing this uniquely British
drink. We have a special page devoted to this important subject: click the upper button for our Great British Pint in Harwich page, or the lower one for the CAMRA web-site.


A variety of British and ethnic foods are available from take-aways in the area including the classic British fish and chips, Indian and Chinese.

Where to stay

A range of accomodation is available from homely bed and breakfast to AA 2 star. Please see the Contact Point page for details or search the English Tourist Board web-site or the AA web site for establishments inspected and approved by these two organisations.

Getting about

If you are travelling by car you will find pay and display car-parks just off Kingsway in Dovercourt town centre, and in Low Road in Dovercourt, as well as the Quay and Wellington Road in Old Harwich. All other parking is designated road-side parking — make sure you are aware of any time restrictions before leaving your car for long periods.

Those without a car will find themselves well served by the excellent local bus services and taxi firms. You can also travel from Harwich International Port to Dovercourt town centre and Old Harwich on the local train services.

• From Harwich Quay

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