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Halfpenny Pier, Harwich

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  • This is just a perfect place for all ages to take a stroll or watch the boats go by. Sit and watch the sunset in the evening or enjoy an afternoon lunch, great coffee, seafood or a lovely ice cream. O...  more »
  • Love this place. Its so interesting, watching the world go by. Listening to the boom of the cargo ships being unloaded and the ships coming and going. Crabbing off the pier is fun, kids and grown ups ...  more »
  • Great little Pier you can watch the sailing boats and also cruise ships nice cafe and helpful sightseeing cabin  more »
  • theres a large amount of crabs and a large amount of small fish. also that cafe that gives you a biscuit with your coffee. good cafe. ~Morgan
  • Lots of gentle pastimes to do here. Crabbing on the pier. What could be more fun! Always a gaggle of kids having a lovely time pulling up buckets of tiddler crabs and then the fun of seeing them scramble back into the sea when let out of their temporary incarceration. Watching the Trinity House buoy-laying and maintenance vessels coming in and out, lifting things off the decks with cranes and doing other nautical mysteries with hawsers and throwing lines. Nearby is Lightvessel LV18, which you can visit. This is the only Lightvessel, of the many which encircle our island, which still retains its crew fixtures and fitting - all the others are unmanned vessels now. This one is operated by the Pharos Trust. A local charity which does great work in Harwich to promote this interesting and historic town. The Cafe on the Pier is well worth a visit. See my other review. Also worth an honourable mention is the Ha'penny Pier Museum. Populated by lovely old ladies on the day I visited who could not have been more helpful. Worth dropping in to look at the model ships. If you are a sailor, then it's well worth trying to find space on the inside of the pontoon of the pier as the wave motion is much reduced. There's plenty of depth at high tide to manoeuvre in our experience (we draw 1.5 m) your experience may vary, obviously! The new showers and loos for mariners are very clean and tidy after a recent face-lift. No electricity currently, but there's always the local pubs if you need to charge some devices. It's first-come first-served on the moorings and the Pier Masters are there for a couple of hours in the afternoon and early evening and in the morning. They could not be more friendly and helpful. A real credit to the nature of this quirky town.
  • Nice and tranquil, good views, wonderful place to watch the world go by!
  • Such a lovely peaceful place. Nye fireworks were great.
  • Really nice friendly locals with an amazing view

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