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Geographical Wonders & Maritime History

Geographical Wonders & Maritime History

Breathe in the fresh sea air as you explore the beauty of Walton-on-the-Naze from the ground and from the top of the tower. Discover the heritage of historic Harwich.

Day 1

Morning - Start your short break at The Naze, Walton. Here you can enjoy the fresh air whilst looking for fossils and sharks teeth dating back to the Ice Age, along this
wonderful stretch of coastline.  Stop for lunch and a browse at the Essex Wildlife Trust Naze Visitor Centre.

Afternoon - Standing 86ft the Naze Tower is a landmark and unique visitor attraction. It houses an art gallery, a museum plus a viewing platform offering panoramic
views over the countryside and coastline. It also has a tearoom. All the artworks and crafts by local artists are for sale.

Day 2

Morning - Head over to the Redoubt Fort Harwich, built in 1808 to defend the port against Napoleonic invasion (open May – September every day 10am – 4pm, and
every Saturday throughout the year). The Fort houses a display of large guns, military uniforms, local artefacts and displays.
Lunch - choose from The Alma pub or Samuel Pepys Wine Bar in the town.

Afternoon - Take a walking tour of the town with the Harwich Society. Tours every Saturday at 2pm from the Ha’Penny Pier. (May – September no booking required). The Captain of the Mayflower – Christopher Jones’ house, will also be open to view from October 2019. Or take a Seal Watching trip from the Ha’Penny Pier.


The stunning Pier Hotel, overlooking the harbour, ships and working docks. A stone’s throw from the estuary where fresh fish is landed daily.

* Please check opening times of all venues before visiting as they are subject
to change. Please quote Visit Essex when booking any of these venues

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  1. Naze Tower


    Sited at the beautiful coastal location of the Naze, this historic 86ft navigational tower houses over eight floors, an art gallery, museum, tea rooms and a roof viewing platform with spectacular panoramic views.

  2. Harwich Redoubt Fort

    Harwich Redoubt Fort


    Circular Fort 1808 ten guns. Largest AM being restored by a voluntary group.

  3. Seal Watching Harwich

    Seal Watching Harwich

    Hapny Pier


    Open for Private hire, very limited availability. Book online today!

  4. The Pier at Harwich Hotel


    Situated on the quay in Harwich, the hotel has 14 bedrooms many with fine views over The Stour and Orwell estuaries. The Pier has two restaurants, the Harbourside on the first floor and the Ha'Penny Brasserie which is open all day.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Naze Tower (51.86445,1.28782)Harwich Redoubt Fort (51.94244,1.28769)7.81
Harwich Redoubt Fort (51.94244,1.28769)Seal Watching Harwich (51.94869,1.2866)0.63
Seal Watching Harwich (51.94869,1.2866)The Pier at Harwich Hotel (51.94789,1.28687)0.08
Total Distance *8.52 miles
Estimated Journey Time16 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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