History & Heritage

Heritage and History abound throughout the towns. These visitor attractions include the house of Christopher Jones, Master of the Mayflower in Kings Head Street, Harwich and make sure you visit the spectacular Redoubt Fort, built in Napoleonic times to defend Harwich and England and the Treadwheel Crane built 1667 and believed to be the only example left in Britain which was in use until the 1920’s.


Redoubt Fort.

Explore the Grade 1 listed Guildhall and take a look at the engraved wall in the old prison cells and ask about the Harwich Town charter from 1604. Revel in the amazing story of Captain Fryatt, a national hero of WW1, read his history and visit his grave and memorial in All Saints Church, Dovercourt.


Maritime Museum.

You will follow in the footsteps of many illustrious previous visitors, including both Queen Elizabeth 1 and 11. Other historical figures include Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe, Gugleilmo Marconi and Christopher Newport. Why not book the Harwich Maritime Trial, a tour which will cover all of Harwich’s fascinating history, available throughout the year and can easily be booked at the Ha’Penny Pier on Harwich Quay.

The Electric Palace Cinema is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK to survive, complete with its silent screen, original projection room and ornamental frontage still intact. It is a Grade II* listed building and runs a whole range of films, concerts and live events throughout the year – well worth a visit.

2020 is an important year to the town as it will welcome the 400 year anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the new world. Harwich is of course, heavily involved in a host of exciting celebrations with the other towns and cities associated with the Mayflower such as Southampton and Plymouth. As 2020 draws nearer we will publishing a full list of commemorative events and activities.