About Harwich, Essex

Historic Port and Coastal Town of Harwich.


Drink in the history of the town – the naval background, the house of Christopher Jones – Master of the Mayflower, or visit one of the local museums. Take some time to look at the military fortifications dating back to the Dutch and Napoleonic Wars. Or just simply watch the ships go by – it’s up to you!

Harwich is a busy coastal town and international port located on the estuary of the rivers Stour and Orwell in north-east Essex, England.

Harwich Maritime Museum

The town is a historically important port which has provided a sheltered anchorage for shipping through the ages. The old town of Harwich is a conservation area containing many historic buildings. The neighbouring town of Dovercourt, while appearing much more modern, actually merits a mention in the Domesday Book.

Explore the narrow streets and follow the Heritage Trail or take a conducted tour of the town to enjoy the carefully preserved and restored buildings that date back to the 15th century.


Pub, Restaurant, Function Room in Harwich and Essex



Visit Historic Harwich

Enjoy Real Ale and Freshly Landed Fish and Seafood

Historic Harwich offers a wide selection of restaurants serving freshly landed fish, crab and lobster dishes.

Tourist information is available from the Harwich Society office on Ha’Penny Pier at weekends and during local festivals or from the Tendring District Council  Website


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Visit The Hanover Inn - 300 year old Traditional English Pub in Harwich

You will find the Hanover Inn on a narrow medieval street in the ancient seaport of Harwich, Essex. We’re at the end of the Essex Way and very, very, close to Harwich Town Railway station at the end of the Mayflower Line.

The harbour area is very popular with visitors who particularly enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Stour and Orwell. There are many footpaths and cycle tracks along the riversides and birdwatchers are well catered for with feeding waders on extensive mudflats on both rivers and three reserves within easy reach. Harwich is also at the end of the Essex Way, which finishes just a few metres from The Hanover Inn.

Pub, Restaurant, Function Room in Harwich and Essex Where the rivers Stour and Orwell meet, Harwich Harbour separates Harwich on the Essex side and Shotley Harwich foot ferry and Felixstowe on the Suffolk side.

The ferry service runs throughout the summer months providing a frequent service for tourists to East Anglia, for those with business between the ports and for the convenience of local people.