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Half Penny Pier

Halfpenny Pier in Harwich is one of the Essex town’s main attractions with visitors enjoying a stroll along its Victorian wooden planks and taking in views of the river and the massive container ships using the nearby port of Felixstowe. The name Halfpenny Pier is derived from the original toll charged to users of the pier. Today in the summer months the pier has a number of outlets selling refreshments and drinks, whilst towards the end of the pier fishermen can be seen casting lines into the water.

Electric Palace

The Electric Palace cinema, Harwich, is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas to survive complete with its silent screen, original projection room and ornamental frontage still intact. It was designed by the architect Harold Ridley Hooper of Ipswich, Suffolk and opened on 29 November 1911.


The Redoubt was built between 1808 and 1810 to protect the port of Harwich against the threat of Napoleonic invasion. It was part of the scheme that included the construction of 29 Martello Towers on the East Anglian coast. The Redoubt is of circular shape, approximately 200ft in diameter, with a central parade ground of 85ft diameter. Hoists lifted shells from the lower level to the gun emplacements. It is similar in design to earlier redoubts at Dymchurch and Eastbourne.