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The Pier Hotel


The Pier was built in 1862 in the style of a Venetian palazzo to provide overnight accommodation for passengers travelling by train and ship to the Continent. The Great Eastern Railway’s terminal was the Ha’Penny Pier (the cost of entry in those days). Gerald Milsom bought the Pier in 1978 and opened a seafood restaurant. It is wonderfully situated on the seafront overlooking the harbour at the confluence of the Stour and Orwell rivers. Across the water is Shotley Yacht Marina with Felixstowe in the distance. The Pier underwent a large and exciting refurbishment in 2016 with changes to the ground floor bar and first floor restaurant. Welcome additions are a lift and extension to the balcony to include tables to soak up the view.

The Pier is open all day every day serving local fish and shellfish landed in the harbour some 20 feet from the restaurant.

Seven of the en suite bedrooms are in the main building, seven in the adjacent Angel, all very attractive with a nautical flavour and panoramic sea views.

The Angel also has a comfortable sitting room, with bar & eating area, and large screen TV. Sailing from the Ha'penny Pier can be arranged. Harwich is also the home of the Mayflower and is playing a large part of the historic 2020 celebrations with the building of a replica ship.

Dogs welcome.

Open all year.

Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Deluxe£145.00 per room per night for bed & breakfast
Standard£125.00 per room per night for bed & breakfast
Suite£210.00 per room per night for bed & breakfast
Superior£135.00 per room per night for bed & breakfast

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Booking & Payment Details

  • American Express accepted
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch accepted


  • Evening meals
  • Licenced (table or bar)
  • Packed lunches provided
  • Restaurant open to non-residents
  • Vegetarian diet available


  • Children welcome - Children welcome from any age
  • Cots available

Heating Facilities

  • Central heating

Laundry Facilities

  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry facilities

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Conference facilities


  • Private parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Lounge for residents' use
  • Night porter
  • Television available
  • Totally non-smoking
  • WiFi or internet access

Room/Unit Facilities

  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar in bedrooms
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Telephone
  • Television

Room/Unit Facilities: Deluxe

  • King-sized bed

Room/Unit Facilities: Standard

  • King-sized bed

Room/Unit Facilities: Suite

  • Bath
  • King-sized bed
  • Seaview
  • Shower

Room/Unit Facilities: Superior

  • King-sized bed

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road:
Follow A120 from Colchester to Harwich quay and The Pier at Harwich is on the right-hand side.

By Public Transport:
From Harwich town station, turn left at High Street. Follow road to the Quay, turn right and walk 200yds. The pier is opposite RNLI Lifeboat Station.

The Pier at Harwich


4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars Hotel
The Quay, HARWICH, Essex, CO12 3HH

Tel: 01255 241212

Fax: 01473 617614

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)


  • 4 AA Stars Hotel
4 AA Stars Hotel


  • Other Accommodation AwardsSignpost Signpost 2016