Explore Harwich, home of the Mayflower’s Captain

24 July 2019

The Mayflower is believed to have been built in Harwich sometime before 1600 and was commanded and part-owned by her Master Captain Christopher Jones, whose house still stands on Kings Head Street near the Waterfront.

The home of Captain Christopher Jones, Harwich
Harwich Guildhall

A short 2-minute walk from Kings Head Street will bring you to Harwich Guildhall. Set in the heart of the historic old seaport, Harwich's Guildhall is a Grade I listed building.

The wealth of history and heritage that it contains, along with remarkable architecture, makes the Guildhall a fascinating place to visit.

Five minutes' walk from the Guildhall will bring you to the Ha'penny Pier, one of the UK's only surviving wooden, working piers.

Ha'penny Pier, Harwich

Constructed in 1853 it was a popular departure point for paddle steamers until the First World War.

The name of the pier originates from the half an old penny toll that was charged.

Today the charming and typically 19th century ticket office is home to the local historical society.

It also houses the 'Harwich and the New World' exhibition which has free admission and gives information on links with early voyages of exploration including Jamestown and Christopher Newport and the Mayflower and Christopher Jones.


Harwich is located approximately 90 minutes away from London by rail. Take a Greater Anglia train from London Liverpool Street Station to Manningtree.

From here you will start your journey along the aptly named Mayflower Line that will take you direct to Harwich Railway Station.

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