Old Harwich, the historic heart of the town, must once have...
Old Harwich, the historic heart of the town, must once have been a busy bustling port town. Now the activity has moved on and the streets are quiet and full of characterful old buildings (and a few pubs ditto). Yet from the waterfront there is still lots of shipping to see - the big container ships across the sound at Felixstowe, cross-Channel ferries and the occasional cruise line edging out of Parkstone Quay.
Things to do, apart from strolling around the town, include a nice seafront walk around to Dovercourt Bay. When the little ferry to Felixstowe is running it also makes a nice trip, with close views of the container port, a nature reserve on the spit (good birdwatching I am told) and another pleasant seafront walk. Taking a ferry from Harwich to ? Shotley ? also looks intersting, but I have never done this.
Oh, and by Harwich Pier there is a former lightship/pirate radio ship you can visit.