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Harwich - Beacon Hill Beach

Harwich, Essex

Beacon Hill is a derelict fort facing south-east and on the south side of the Orwell Haven - a combined estuary of the rivers Orwell and Stour. The estuary was first fortified in Roman times and the fort last saw service as coastal artillery defence during WWII.

Beach Type



Plenty to do in Harwich with seasonal events
A promenade
Museums and an old fortification

Nature and Wildlife

Stroll along the promenade even round to the MCS recommended Dovercourt bay.

Water Quality

Not Tested



Awards and Recommendations

Quality Coast Award

Tourist Information

Harwich Tourist Information Iconfield Park Parkeston Harwich CO12 4EN telephone +44 (0)1255 506139


Nearest town: Harwich
County: Essex
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9369, 1.2854
Postcode: CO12 3LD
(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.


The Harbour is at the furthest reach of Harwich. near the ferry port. when approached alon the A20.

Public Transport

Harwich train station is close-by

Nearest Railway Stations

Harwich Town (Less than half a mile away)
Dovercourt (Less than half a mile away)
Harwich International (About a mile and a half away)
Trimley (Approx. 3 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.


there are various parking options near the port and in the town.

Nearby Car Parks

Milton Road, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Main Road, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Wellington Road, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
The Quay, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Lower Marine Parade, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
West End, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Dock Viewing Area, Felixstowe (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Harwich International Station, Harwich (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Landguard Nature Reserve, Felixstowe (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Manor Terrace, Felixstowe (Unknown stay).
About 2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Harwich