British Beaches

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Dovercourt Bay Beach

Harwich, Essex

This popular sandy beach has low. wooden groynes and is backed by a sea wall. The promenade extends to Harwich Town.

Beach Type



Toilets with disabled facilities


Jet skiing
Zoned area for water sports
Swimming pool; sports centre; boating pond; model yacht pond; skateboard park; recreation ground

Nature and Wildlife

The beach is located within easy reach of Hemford Water National Nature Reserve.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

This beach is cleaned daily in high season. From 1st May until 30th September.


Dogs are banned on the beach during the summer.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended


Nearest town: Harwich
County: Essex
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9282, 1.27546
Postcode: CO12 3SS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Harwich, Essex at Explore Britain.


From Colchester take the A12 / A120 onto the A120 to Harwich and then follow the signs for Dovercourt Award Beach.

Public Transport

Bus and rail services are available. Nearest train station is Dovercourt Bay or Harwich Town.

Nearest Railway Stations

Dovercourt (About a mile away)
Harwich Town (About a mile away)
Harwich International (About a mile and a half away)
Trimley (Approx. 4 miles away)
Felixstowe (Approx. 4 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Free and Pay and Display car parking is available.

Nearby Car Parks

Lower Marine Parade, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
West End, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Main Road, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Milton Road, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Wellington Road, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 1.3 miles away
The Quay, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Harwich International Station, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Dock Viewing Area, Felixstowe (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Landguard Nature Reserve, Felixstowe (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Manor Terrace, Felixstowe (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Harwich