Harwich is an historic town with interesting buildings and sites to visit, and situated here is the Harwich International Port, which provides regular ferry crossings to Holland along with cruises. There’s a nice selection of restaurants in the town, and includes Thai, Indian and Chinese, as well as a good range of shops, and the nearest major airports are Stansted Airport and Southend Airport.
Harwich Car Hire
Wherever you are in Harwich, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Harwich car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Here are some places to visit while you’re in Harwich:
You can visit this early 19th century large round fort which was built as a defense against possible attacks by Napoleon’s forces. Visitors can see the impressive features of this restored Fort, which is 60 metres in diameter, along with large guns and a number exhibits at the Museum including military uniforms, and in the summer battle re-enactments take place here.
Harwich Electric Palace Cinema
This is a delightful Cinema to come and visit which was built in 1911 by architect Harold Hooper and is Grade II listed, with an elegant decorative frontage. The building still has the projection room it had when the building first opened, along with the screen. You can see regular films here, along with live theatre screenings, and the Cinema is also host to jazz and folk concerts.
Harwich Maritime Museum
This Museum is situated in an early 19th century former Low Lighthouse which used to work as one of two lights at the harbour. At the Museum visitors can see a collection of maritime exhibits and includes artefacts relating to the Royal Navy such as Naval uniforms.
RSPB Stour Estuary
Very close to Harwich, you can visit this tranquil Nature Reserve and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Estuary and woods, with an abundance of birds to be seen. There are trails you can follow along the Reserve as well as an Information Centre, along with a viewing screen and hides from where you can watch the birds. Some of the lovely species in the Reserve include nightingales in the spring, oystercatchers in the summer, redwings in the autumn and brent geese in the winter.
Ha’Penny Pier and Visitors Centre
You can visit this mid 19th century Pier, which was given its name because that was the fee to access the Pier at the time. You can still see the old ticket office, which is now the Visitors Centre, and here you can also see an exhibition about the town’s history including the launch of the historical Mayflower which voyaged to America in the 17th century from Plymouth.
Harwich Lifeboat Museum
Situated in Harwich’s old Lifeboat Station which was built in 1876, this Museum houses a collection of interesting exhibits relating to the history of lifeboats of the area. You can also see a lifeboat on display which was in use during the 20th century in Clacton on Sea, Essex.
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