Leisure

With its picturesque backdrop of the rivers Stour and Orwell, and local beauty spots such as Wrabness, Harwich Haven is the finest natural estuary in the East of England, which attracts sailing enthusiasts from across Europe.

We work with our stakeholders to provide a smooth-running harbour – with five thriving commercial ports here, our marine safety and leisure services are essential to keeping everyone safe.

Exploring the haven – and beyond

The Haven is home to a wealth of historic landmarks, and part of our role is to preserve much-loved community assets such as Ha’penny Pier. The Victorian pier once served as a departure point for paddle steamers and played a part in both World Wars. These days it’s a popular spot for crabbers, day trippers and fishermen, and it’s home to The Harwich Society who manage the Harwich Information Centre.

The Harwich Harbour foot and cycle ferry picks up from Ha’penny Pier and travels to Shotley Marina and Felixstowe.

If you want to travel further afield, the Heritage Coast and Constable Country are other beautiful destinations within easy reach. The Visit Essex and Visit Suffolk websites offer further inspiration.

“Harwich Haven Authority always issues Notices to Mariners in a timely manner and they are easy to access online. They look out for small leisure craft, and usher boats out of the way of ships.”

Robert Jones, a local resident and experienced sailor.