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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–Sept every day 10am–4pm, and
Saturdays 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 usually run every Saturday at 2pm from the Ha’Penny Pier. (May–Sept, pre-booking required, phone 01255 502872 or email: info@harwich-society.co.uk). The Captain of the Mayflower – Christopher Jones’s house has been recently refurbished, is open by appointment and may be included on the walking tour.  Seal Watching trips also run from the Ha’Penny Pier.


Accommodation



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

    Walton on the Naze

    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

    Circular Fort built in 1808. Ten guns. Largest AM being restored by a voluntary group.

  3. Harwich Maritime Museum

    Harwich

    Housed in a disused lighthouse, the museum has specialised displays on the Royal Navy and commercial shipping. History of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy in Harwich.

  4. Seal Watching Harwich

    Harwich

    Departing from Harwich this is a truly wonderful 120 minute trip. So far every single trip has seen lots of seals but if you don’t see seals close up you get a free trip!

  5. The Pier at Harwich Hotel

    Harwich

    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.

  6. Harwich Guildhall

    Harwich

    Set in the heart of the historic old seaport, Harwich’s Guildhall is a Grade I listed building dating from the 17th century. The wealth of history and heritage that it contains, along with its remarkable architecture, make it a fascinating place to visit. Interesting documents showing the…

  7. The Naze Nature Discovery Centre

    Walton-on-the-Naze

    The Centre is open all year round and houses an education room as well as a café and gift shop. There are a number of displays including fossil and geology displays and information regarding bird migration and sightings.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Naze Tower (51.86445,1.2881)Harwich Redoubt Fort (51.94196,1.28896)7.77
Harwich Redoubt Fort (51.94196,1.28896)Harwich Maritime Museum (51.94339,1.29094)0.19
Harwich Maritime Museum (51.94339,1.29094)Seal Watching Harwich (51.94869,1.2866)0.59
Seal Watching Harwich (51.94869,1.2866)The Pier at Harwich Hotel (51.94789,1.28687)0.08
The Pier at Harwich Hotel (51.94789,1.28687)Harwich Guildhall (51.9454,1.28866)0.27
Harwich Guildhall (51.9454,1.28866)Harwich Lifeboat Museum (51.9468,1.28906)0.14
Harwich Lifeboat Museum (51.9468,1.28906)The Naze Nature Discovery Centre (51.8642,1.28737)8.28
Total Distance *17.32 miles
Estimated Journey Time33 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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