Port of Harwich in Essex England UK
Cruise ships anchor at the Harwich International Port. The main passenger terminal is located close to the town centre. The Port of Harwich is located opposite the Port of Felixstowe, the United Kingdom’s busiest container port.
Harwich is a convenient base for cruises around Britain, to the Norwegian Fjords, Continental Europe and the Baltic Capitals. The port is one of four ports serving London, which is 69 miles away. Other cruise ports in the vicinity of London are Southampton Port (check hotels and b&bs), Dover Cruise and Ferry, and Tilbury North Shields.
Cruise lines sailing from the harbour are Celebrity Cruises, RCL Royal Caribbean, and HAL Holland America Line.
Passenger Terminal – Pier
Harwich cruise ship passenger terminal is located a few miles outside the town centre, and has its own railway station called Harwich International.
Taxis are available to/from the terminal.
To and From London
London is approximately 90 miles or 145 kms from the port in Harwich UK.
A train connects London’s Liverpool Street rail station with Harwich International Station, but you will have to change trains at Manningtree Station.
On disembarkation or embarkation days special cruise train runs non-stop once in each direction to/from London Liverpool Street.more information
Additional cruise bus shuttles operate between central London and Harwich from all hotels in the main hotel districts. These buses call at London Heathrow Airport too (and Heathrow Airport hotels). This service is only available on sailing dates when ships of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are in port.
Also car rentals, private limo service, and private shuttles are available.
Liverpool Street is serviced by four London Underground lines, which makes it very convenient to reach from a central London hotel.
Harwich International Port
Parkeston Quay, Harwich
Essex, CO12 4SR
phone: +44 (0)1255 242000
fax: +44 (0)1255 241400
Nearest airport from Harwich International Port is London Stansted, mainly used by European low cost companies. Stansted is 50 miles away.
Both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, which are located on the other side of London, can be reached by car or shuttle.
How to get to Harwich from London Heathrow Airport
Take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington Station, which takes 15 minutes. From Paddington you have to transfer to London Liverpool Street Station by taxi. From here there is a train service to Harwich International Station. You need to take a train to Mannigtree and change there for Harwich International Station (formerly known as Parkeston Quay Station). During days of embarkation a direct train runs from Liverpool Street station to Harwich.
Travel time is about 1 1/2 hours. Harwich International railway station is within walking distance of the cruise terminal building.
How to get to Harwich from London Gatwick Airport
Take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria Station, which takes about 35 minutes. Trasfer by taxi to London Liverpool Street Station. From Liverpool Street there is a train service to International station in Harwich, but you need to change in Manningtree. Travel time is approximately 1 1/2 hours. During days when a ship is in port, special cruise trains run from Liverpool Street station to Harwich International.
From both airports, a private limo service, car rental or private shuttle service is also available.
Many cheap or afforddable hotels are located not far from both Heathrow and Gatwick Airport. Many of them offer a free shuttle transfer to and from the airport terminal.
Parking — designated car parking is located nearby the cruise terminal. Please call 01255 242000 for further details.
The large car parking facility have spaces for up to 600 vehicles. Mostly staff will be available within the car park lot to direct you and provide assistance with your baggage.
Busy coastal town in South-East England
Harwich is a busy coastal town in south-east England, located just 69 miles from London in the county of Essex.
This ancient fishing village lie on the estuaries of the Stour and Orwell rivers. The town is home to many historical buildings, magnificent lighthouses, a lovely beach and the Harwich Redoubt Fort which dates back to the early 19th century. Today it’s a museum displaying some of the original guns. Most of the old town is a conservation area dating back to the Middle Ages.
Within easy reach of Harwich are some of the UK’s premier tourist destinations such as London and Cambridge. Other charming vacation spots nearby are Colchester, Ipswich, the medieval market town of Saffron Walden, and the holiday resort of Clacton-on-Sea.
In Ipswich not to be missed is a visit to Christchurch Mansion, a 16th-century house displaying a collection of paintings by Gainsborough and Constable. In Colchester stands the largest surviving example of a Norman Castle. The castle is built on the foundations of the earlier Roman temple of Claudius.
Before or after your cruise extend your cruise holiday for a couple days in central London or Cambridge. Whether you stay in Harwich, near the airport or right in the center of London.
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