Day Trip from Harwich England

Old Apr 8th, 2009, 02:42 PM
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Day Trip from Harwich England

We are taking a cruise in May from Genoa to Copenhagen. One of the stops is Harwich England, but we only have one day to venture into the English countryside. Any suggestions for daytrips? We have never been to England and certainly would love to stay much longer, but one day is all we get. Thanks for any suggestions....really interested in seeing the English countryside (by train, if possible) which I hear is beautiful...suggestions for places to eat genuine Fish & Chips greatly appreciated!
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Old Apr 12th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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GailGoodman:

You may want to start by looking on www.harwich.co.uk and see their link www.havencruise.com for suggestions of short day tours.

www.visiteastofengland.com and www.visit-suffolk.org.uk are wonderful websites with lots of information.

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Old Apr 12th, 2009, 10:18 PM
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Your problem is that Harwich has a reasonable train service to London, but that's it. There's about one train a day to Cambridge, and a couple of cases where you can get a train to Colchester and then connections to bits of East Anglia.

But mostly you either have to go into London (at least 70 mins away) and then out again. Changing at Colchester takes almost as long as going into London anyway.

You might (see www.nationalrail.co.uk) manage a train trip to Cambridge. But otherwise, getting a car really is your only option
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Old Apr 13th, 2009, 04:44 AM
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GailGoodman:

One of the Harwich Days Out (motor coach) trips would probably work for you if you don't want to drive. You can call East of England tourism 011 44 1284 727470 for more information or check with your tour operator.

Enjoy and let us know how it all worked out.

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Old May 11th, 2009, 10:11 AM
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Gail:

Harwich is quite close to the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as Dedham Vale, which might be perfect for you. More information here:

http://www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/

It's most easily accessed from Manningtree, which is about 15-20 minutes on the train from Harwich.

From Manningtree itself, there may be a few buses to Dedham and the surrounding area but it's probably going to be just as easy to take a taxi - there are phone numbers for cabs on display at Manningtree Station.

Or, if you're energetic, you could walk! There may also be bike hire available in the town of Manningtree; I'm not sure.

It's not the best part of the country for fish and chips, although the restaurant at the Pier Hotel in Harwich isn't bad at all for f&c. To get there from the port, you'll need to take the very short (about five-minute) train journey to Harwich Town station, and then it's only a few minutes' walk.
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