What to see in Harwich, UK

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Harwich Cruise Port

Harwich Cruise Port Location

There are very few amenities at the cruise terminal.

Due to the fact that the train station is located within the port area, passengers have the option of taking regular flights from here to London to Liverpool Street Station. At the same time the number of trains increases when large cruise ships appear at the pier. It takes about 80-100 minutes to get to central London. There are direct trains, but they rarely run. Usually one has to change trains in Manningtree. At weekends due to planned technical works the train timetable can be inconvenient. Check it carefully before you make plans. The closest station to the port is called Harwich International.

A combination of train tickets and other modes of transportation that entitle you to free entry and exit will provide solid savings compared to organized cruise excursions. This has become especially relevant since most hop on/off fares began to include a very pleasant stroll along the Thames.

For transfers to and from the airport, click here.

What to see in Harwich on a cruise

Harwich is a bustling coastal town and international port located at the mouths of the Stour and Orwell Rivers in northeast Essex, England. The town is a historically important port, providing a protected anchorage for ships for centuries. The old town of Harwich is a protected area with many historic buildings. However, it is not a significant point on its own, so a half hour to see it will be more than enough.

From the cruise pier, take the train to Dovercourt (downtown Harwich). A round trip ticket costs about 2.5 euros.

Itineraries, excursions, transport in Harwich harbor

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of London while sitting on the upper “deck” of one of the double-decker buses. This way you’ll get a general idea of the city’s famous sights. There are over 80 stops on the route, so you can get off, look around, grab a bite to eat, and then get on the next bus and move on. Your ticket will be valid for 24 hours from the time you first board. Buses run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, 365 days a year. The tour price includes a free river cruise.

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What to see around Harwich

Harwich is very conveniently located, with easy access to many major tourist destinations and attractions that fit perfectly with cruise programs. These include Colchester, documented to be the oldest British town; the edge of Constable; the well-preserved ancient town famous for the production of cloth, Lavenham; and the Saxon burial ground of Sutton Hoo. Harwich also has easy access to the capital city of London and ancient Cambridge.

Stores and Shopping

There are very few stores and places to eat in Harwich.

Small stores are usually open 6 or 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Larger department stores tend to stay open until 9 p.m. Hypermarkets are often available 24/7.


The currency throughout the United Kingdom is the pound sterling (£).

Most stores and restaurants accept Visa, MasterCard and Maestro.

Language and communications

English is used throughout the country, but sometimes the accents are just awful!

Internet access is widespread. Internet cafes and Wi-Fi can be found in major cities, and details are listed on city information pages. Access – often labeled “People’s Network” – is provided by all public libraries in the UK. Usually you don’t have to pay for it or the fare is very cheap, but the time to use the network is rationed.

All trains from Manningtree to London Liverpool – about an hour away – are equipped with Wi-Fi. Access for the day costs about 3 euros.

To use Wi-Fi for free, you can download the FastConnect app, which allows you to

connect to numerous hotspots in popular locations such as restaurants, cafes, bars, train stations and shopping malls across the UK.

The local emergency phone number is 999, but you can also use the European combination 112.

Where to stay before and after the cruise?

For a stopover in port before your cruise, try Airbnb, where you can rent a full apartment for the price of a hotel room. By registering at our link you will receive a coupon for 2100 rubles for your first stay from 4500 rubles!

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