Leisure

Ha’penny Pier

Ha’penny Pier, one of the UK’s only surviving wooden, working piers, attracts thousands of visitors to Harwich each year.

Constructed in 1853 it was a popular departure point for paddle steamers until the First World War. The name of the pier originates from the ½d (half an old penny) toll that was charged.

Today, the charming and typically 19th century ticket office is home to the local historical society. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 1 May to 30 September and free guided tours of Old Harwich run every Wednesday and Saturday in the summer at 2pm.

The pier also has a cafe, free moorings for visiting yachtsmen, and provides the best vantage point to see ships coming in and out of the Haven.

To find out more about what Harwich has to offer go to visitessex.com.

Futureproofing our historical past

To ensure future generations continue to enjoy this iconic Harwich landmark requires both investment and resource.

During 2016 we started a series of works to replace 18 damaged beams on the corner of the L-shaped pier. The £340K project will conclude in 2017 when further essential maintenance will be concluded.