About Harwich & Dovercourt

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Harwich is commonly knows as England’s ‘Gateway to the Continent.’ From Harwich Quay, the continental ferries can be seen as they set out for Holland, Denmark and Germany. A stroll along the Esplanade reveals the busy harbour scene, with huge container vessels heading for Felixstowe, Ipswich and Parkeston, and the endless traffic of sailing barges, yachts, tugs and launches.

Dovercourt is the residential and holiday suburb of Harwich and although more modern in appearance, it is actually older and larger than Old Harwich with its narrow streets and fascinating and historic features tucked discreetly away. The fortunate low rainfall make it a most welcoming town, with good hotels and restaurants. Excellent waters also making sailing, windsurfing and angling pleasurable pastimes.

The expanding port at Parkeston handles large, modern passenger ferries with roll-on roll-off facilities, and deep-sea container vessels. It is also a port of call for many impressive cruise liners during the summer months. It has an excellent electrified rail service to London, Ipswich and Cambridge, with direct connections to inter-city services.