This traditional historic maritime town has a fascinating history. It is probably best known for being the home of Christopher Jones, Captain of the Mayflower, who in 1620 took the first pilgrims to America. 2020 sees the 400th anniversary of this incredible journey and Harwich will be participating in the many celebrations planned throughout the UK and oversees.
There are also numerous attractions to visit in and around the town including the High and Low Lighthouses, the Treadwheel Crane, the Redoubt Fort (a truly spectacular Napoleonic circular fort and moat) and The Electric Palace Theatre, one of the UK’s oldest operational cinemas. The port itself however, remains a bustling centre of maritime activity with cruise ships, ferries and container ships regularly visiting. Harwich beaches are also popular spots for walking and watching the ships go by!
Dovercourt Bay has a superb stretch of sandy beach and has a ‘Blue Flag’ Beach award and with a promenade that stretches for miles, walking, cycling and waterbased activities can all be enjoyed. There are also spectacular views of Felixstowe as well as the Harwich and Languard Forts. The town centre itself has a number of historic and character buildings, which reflects the towns’ rich past. Shopping in the High Street is not dominated by national retailers but a varied selection of independent.