When you’re staying at The Pier, leave the car and take a walk around Harwich. The old town is steeped in history – discover the Lighthouses (low and high) or the Tread Wheel Crane, used for over 300 years to bring cargo ashore. Make sure you visit the Redoubt, a Napoleonic circular fort, and don’t miss out on the Lifeboat Museum.
Head to the Ha’penny Pier, which houses the Mayflower Museum and the LV18, which was the last serving light vessel (think Radio Caroline!). Find the house of Christopher Jones, the captain of the Mayflower who lived in Harwich for a while and married a local girl in St Nicholas’s Church in 1593. Chat to the local fishermen who bring in their catch most afternoons, watch the ships sail in and out of Felixstowe Port and the cruise ships departing the ferry terminal.
As you can see, Harwich is rich in maritime history and the hotel can arrange walking tours around the town to enable you to get the most from your visit.