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Harwich is a small port town in Essex, England situated on the coast of the North Sea. It is located on the estuary of the River Stour and is about 25 miles from Colchester. Harwich has a rich maritime history and was a major port in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the departure point for the Mayflower and the Speedwell, which sailed to America in 1620, and for the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620.

Harwich is also home to the Royal Navy's Harwich Force, a fleet of destroyers and submarines that guarded the North Sea during the First World War. In the Second World War, Harwich was the site of a major airfield which was used by RAF Bomber Command.

Harwich has a long and varied history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Iron Age. The town was granted a Royal Charter in 1238 and was the site of a major naval base during the Napoleonic Wars. During the 19th century, Harwich was an important port for the coal trade and a centre for shipbuilding.

Today, Harwich is a popular tourist destination, with its picturesque harbour, stunning beaches and a range of attractions including the Harwich Redoubt, a fort built in the Napoleonic era, and the Harwich Maritime Museum. The town is also home to a number of festivals and events, including the Harwich International Shanty Festival, which celebrates the town's maritime heritage.

Excursion tips for a day in Harwich

As a tourist in Harwich in Great Britain, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a day. Here is a list of some of the top things to do:

1. Visit the Harwich Redoubt Fort, a 19th-century fort built to protect Harwich from French invasion.
2. Take a boat trip around the harbor and explore the area's rich maritime history.
3. Spend some time at the Electric Palace Cinema, an historic cinema from the 1920s.
4. Explore the town's many independent shops, cafes, and restaurants.
5. Visit the Harwich Society Museum to learn more about the town's history.
6. Take a stroll along the promenade and admire the views of the sea.
7. Go bird watching at the nearby Stour Estuary Nature Reserve.
8. Check out the nearby Dovercourt Bay beach for a day of sun and sand.
9. Take a tour of the Harwich Lifeboat Station and learn about their important work.
10. Finish off the day with a visit to the Harwich Arts Centre to enjoy a show or art exhibition.

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The climate in Harwich

Harwich in Great Britain has a moderate maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. In the winter months, temperatures are usually between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius, and there is usually plenty of rainfall. In the spring, temperatures range from 8 to 12 degrees Celsius and there is usually a mix of sunny and cloudy days. In the summer months, temperatures range from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius and there is usually plenty of sunshine. In the autumn months, temperatures range from 8 to 12 degrees Celsius and there is usually plenty of rainfall. Overall, Harwich has a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers.

Cruise weather for Harwich

Our weather forecast for Harwich helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 18.2 °C
min: 15.7 °C
27.7 m/s
48.6 m/s
85.3 %
22.8 m
83.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 20.6 °C
min: 13.9 °C
15.8 m/s
29.2 m/s
44.8 %
24.1 m
78.3 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 21.6 °C
min: 16.7 °C
11.9 m/s
23.0 m/s
72.6 %
24.1 m
78.9 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 22.5 °C
min: 17.6 °C
12.2 m/s
22.3 m/s
45.4 %
24.1 m
78.9 %
1,020 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 20.5 °C
min: 16.4 °C
22.3 m/s
34.6 m/s
86.0 %
24.1 m
76.0 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 18.9 °C
min: 12.2 °C
30.6 m/s
51.5 m/s
46.5 %
24.1 m
76.4 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 22.1 °C
min: 16.4 °C
31.3 m/s
46.4 m/s
64.3 %
23.4 m
76.4 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 19.7 °C
min: 13.4 °C
26.6 m/s
43.3 m/s
10.9 %
24.1 m
70.7 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 19.0 °C
min: 13.3 °C
25.9 m/s
47.5 m/s
78.4 %
23.6 m
76.1 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 19.6 °C
min: 11.7 °C
20.2 m/s
37.8 m/s
63.7 %
24.1 m
73.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 21.5 °C
min: 13.7 °C
20.5 m/s
35.3 m/s
96.7 %
24.1 m
72.7 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 16.5 °C
15.0 m/s
33.1 m/s
98.8 %
23.8 m
80.5 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 17.3 °C
28.1 m/s
39.6 m/s
55.5 %
24.1 m
75.2 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 21.5 °C
min: 15.4 °C
18.4 m/s
34.8 m/s
91.0 %
24.0 m
69.6 %
1,017 hPa

Cruises to Harwich

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Scheduled ship calls in Harwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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