1 
Queen Victoria Statue
 - Life-size figure of
Queen Victoria (1837-1901) formed in white
carrara marble standing on granite plinth
erected in 1904 in a prominent seafront
position looking towards Dovercourt Town
Centre.
2 
Cliff Park
 - Situated on the seafront and just
a few minutes walk from Dovercourt Town Centre, the
grounds contain mature trees and formal gardens, a
play area, the bandstand, seating areas and great views
out across Dovercourt Bay.
3 
Mayor’s Garden
 - Restful public garden, containing
shrubs and trees and featuring colourful floral beds
during the summer.
4
Redoubt Fort
 - Napoleonic circular
fort and moat built between 1808 and
1810 to protect the port of Harwich
against the threat of invasion. It
houses old artillery pieces and period
exhibits.
5
High Lighthouse
 - Built in 1818 by John Rennie to
replace a light over the Town Gate. This and the Low
Lighthouse (see no 17) provided a transit line to guide
ships safely into Harwich harbour. It also marks the end
of ‘The Essex Way’, an 82 mile walking route through
the Essex countryside.
6
Ha’penny Pier
 - A great vantage
point to view the harbour and
waterfront buildings. Its name
originates from the 1/2d (half an
old penny) toll charged when the
pier opened in 1853. The Visitor/
Information Centre (seasonal
opening times) on the pier also houses an exhibition
recording the voyages of Christopher Jones &
Christopher Newport to the New World.
7 
Lightship LV18
 - The last manned light ship in the UK,
now moored permanently near the Ha’penny Pier as a
Museum Ship, that welcomes visitors to tour the vessel
and view its exhibits including Pirate Radio Station
memorabilia.
8 
Lifeboats
 - The Harwich Lifeboat Station of the RNLI
has two modern lifeboats which are a key rescue
service for North Sea seafarers. Visitors are welcome
to view the inshore boat housed in the building and the
offshore lifeboat can be seen afloat on the waterfront.
9 
Navyard
 - In former times this commercial dock was a
Naval Yard. Numerous wooden warships were built on
the site for the Royal Navy during the time of Samuel
Pepys and Nelson. On the frontage you can view the
original 1666 Dockyard Bell and the list of fighting ships
built here.
10 
Street Murals
 - Stroll along Wellington Street to view
a colourful range of street murals on buildings and
walls, including barges, ships, local features and seaside
postcards.
11 
Electric Palace Cinema
 - Built in 1911,
it is one of the oldest operational
cinemas in the UK, with a glorious
front facade, traditional interior and
great film programmes.
12 
St Nicholas Church
 - This graceful
Church was built in 1822. Its simple
neo-Gothic style incorporates slender iron columns,
a wonderful organ and interesting monuments to
seafarers. Designed to seat 1,500 people, it is the largest
Church in the District. It is often open to visitors.
13 
The Guildhall
 - The town’s only Grade I
Listed Building, it houses the Town Council
Chamber and a prison cell with ship
carvings dating back to Napoleonic times.
14 
Mayflower Project
 - Work is underway
to construct a replica of the Mayflower
– the ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to
America in 1620. It has a public viewing area. 
15
Lifeboat Museum
 - The attractive old Lifeboat
station on the waterfront now houses the “Valentine
Wyndham-Quin”, an offshore lifeboat which was in
service between 1968 -1984, and other exhibits.
16 
Treadwheel Crane
 - A rare historic
crane built in 1667, used at the
Naval Yard, moved to its present
site on Harwich Green in about
1932. The crane was worked by
men walking in the interior of two
large wheels to raise and lower goods and materials.
17 
Low Lighthouse Museum
 - Built in
1818 as the forward of two transit light
houses (see also no 5), it now houses
a maritime museum and is a great
vantage point to view the harbour from
the lantern.
18 
Children’s Playgrounds
 - Play
equipment for children situated
in parks adjacent to the seafront
promenade.
19 
Swimming Pool
 - The Dovercourt indoor heated
swimming pool is open to the public throughout the
year.
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Leisure activities
 - The Dovercourt Low Road leisure
area, adjacent to the beach and seafront promenade,
provides a range of facilities including a boating lake,
skate park, putting green and tennis courts.
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