the area


Harwich is well located for a number of interesting visitor destinations and attractions. As well as cities like London and Cambridge, which are within easy reach, there are many other exciting locations to visit close by. Visit ‘Constable Country’, the landscape that inspired artist John Constable; or Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town; and Saffron Walden, quintessentially English and one of the finest preserved examples of a medieval market town.

The East of England offers a mix of old and new, with historic remains, buzzing shopping destinations, and lovely beaches that offer traditional seaside fun.


As a passenger using Harwich International, we hope you will take a few days to enjoy what the Haven Gateway area has to offer. Click on the links below to find out more:

Visit Essex 
Visit Suffolk
Visit Norfolk  
Tendring District Council – what’s on 
Essex Sunshine Coast


Harwich, an historic maritime port, has many associations with famous characters. These include Samuel Pepys and Christopher Jones, Master of the Mayflower, who sailed to America in 1620 with some of the very first ‘Adventurers and Pilgrims’.

Other attractions worth visiting include the Redoubt Fort , a circular fort built in 1808 to protect the harbour from a Napoleonic invasion. The Electric Palace Cinema , the oldest unaltered purpose-built cinema in Britain and still going strong. Free guided walks of the town are available from here in the summer months.

The neighbouring town of Dovercourt, a five-minute taxi ride away, offers a small but varied shopping centre, and the town boasts a Blue Flag Award for its beaches, with boating lake, putting green, beach café (with bouncy castle and children’s play area), roller skating rink and amusement arcade along the seafront.   Please view the Harwich & Dovercourt tourist guide for more information on what the area has to offer.

Click on the links below for more information:
Harwich Society 
Haven Gateway
Historic Harwich


However you’re travelling, Harwich is an easy and convenient gateway port to the South East of England, and the numerous visitor destinations on offer. London and Cambridge provide an array of attractions including theatre, shopping and river walks. Or choose the East coast counties of Suffolk and Norfolk for their scenic rural landscapes.

Visit Cambridge
Visit London
Visit Britain

1 - Beth Chatto Gardens

Renowned gardener's creative, themed gardens with plant shop and tearoom.

2 - Manningtree

As England's smallest town - at just over 19 hectares - it packs in a great deal for residents and visitors alike.

3 - Old Historic Harwich

An attractive, historic and unique town steeped in a wealth of maritime history and ideally located with excellent road, rail and ferry links.

4 - Dovercourt Blue Flag Beach

The Blue Flag beach award is widely considered the gold standard for beaches. 

5 - Dedham Vale

Dedham Vale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Essex-Suffolk border in east England