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Halfpenny Pier, Harwich

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  • Have visited the H'Penny Pier in Harwich many times. Last weekend was a special time celebrating the 50 years since the Marine Offences Act of 1968. Many of the pirate DJ's from the days of watery rad...  more »
  • We regularly visit the pier as we are local too it. Great fresh seafood and lovely views of felixstowe. A great place to visit as the radio boat is next door for a visit too  more »
  • ....and much more in a very walkable area. The Electric Theater is a 1/4 mile from harbor the Pier Hotel has a great restaurant (see my review). We enjoyed the Pirate Radio exhibit on the Lightship. I...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Such a lovely peaceful place. Nye fireworks were great.
  • Really nice friendly locals with an amazing view

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