1 Oct

Enjoy the maritime traditions in Harwich

Enjoy the maritime traditions in Harwich

Harwich in Essex is famed for its maritime history, having been one of England's most important naval bases from 1657 onwards.

However, it can actually trace its history much farther back in time than this, having received its charter in 1238. There is also evidence to suggest settlement has been taking place here since the Roman times.

Today, Harwich has maintained its importance as a harbour - indeed, it is the UK's busiest passenger ferry port, with links to Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands and Esbjerg in Denmark from nearby Parkeston.

This is a town that is well connected to the rest of the UK too, though, being in close proximity to Felixtowe, Ipswich, Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea. For this reason, property for sale in Harwich could be ideal for people who want to live on the coast but need to commute to any of these locations for work.

It's only 90 minutes away from London's Liverpool Street train station too, meaning travelling into the city from here each day wouldn't be out of the question - and it's certainly a possibility for occasional shopping or sightseeing trips.

In terms of things to do in Harwich, history buffs will be in their element. The older part of the town is a conservation area and there are old buildings a-plenty, including the picturesque Guildhall, Electric Palace Cinema and Redoubt Fort.

Keen walkers can wander the Maritime Trail and view the many local lighthouses, as well as the last manned lightship in England, Light Vessel 18. And if they get thirsty, there's always Harwich's five-barrel micro brewery to take a look at.

Children are sure to enjoy visiting the seaside at nearby Dovercourt, while parents bringing their youngsters here to stay will be pleased to learn there are a number of primary schools to choose from in the vicinity, as well as a large secondary school.

It may be overlooked and considered primarily as a port, but Harwich has much more to offer and could be well worth taking a look at.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801752015-ADNFCR

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