1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Off Kings Quay Street, Harwich CO12 3ES
Call Debbie Hill on 01255 552010
Overviewhe 1912 Centre is the former town Fire Station situated within the heart of the Harwich Conservation area and just 50m from the sandy beach and promenade. Harwich owes much of its charm to its medieval origins, the grid pattern on which the original 13th century town was built still survives and there are over 200 listed buildings within half a square mile.
The centrally heated hostel is laid out around the old engine garage, which now forms the central dining and recreational area. The upper floor has access to four cabin style sleeping areas, whilst additional beds are available on the ground floor allowing access for the disabled. All cabins have bunk beds. Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, showers & drying room.
Visitors can bring their own sleeping bags, or can hire duvets from the Centre. The Centre is compact and easily managed, groups are expected to undertake certain domestic duties during their stay, and are responsible for leaving the Centre in a clean and tidy condition.
Beds & Rooms:26: 3x6, 2x2, 1x4.
Open:All year. All day. Except 24th-27th December.
Price per night:1 night £290, 2 nights £540, 5 nights £1075, 7 nights £1350. Other prices on application.
Booking:Sole use groups only. No stag/hen groups. Pre booking essential.
Directions:Follow A120 to Harwich Quay, follow the road round past the Navy Yard Wharf. The Centre is on the right (adjacent to the Electric Palace Cinema).
Public Transport:Harwich Town Station is a short walk from the Centre, direct trains to London Liverpool Street. The bus station is also within walking distance.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
By the Sea
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The 1912 Centre remains closed for over night stays at the present time.
July 31st 2020
The Harwich 1912 Centre is open for day hire and small group daytime activities.
Plan a Group Trip to the Seaside
June 6th 2019
The 1912 Centre, sleeping around 20 people, is just 50 metres from a sandy beach and promenade, with cafes, pubs, restaurants and boat launching close by.
This community run group accommodation hostel is ideally placed for the coast and Harwich amenities. Ideal for the Essex Way long distance footpath and Harwich International Port.
Start/Finish your Essex Way Walk in Harwich
February 22nd 2019
The Essex Way is a long distance footpath stretching for 82 miles right across Essex. It officially starts in Epping & ends in Harwich, but is signposted both ways. So you can choose to head from the coast and journey inland or start in land-locked Epping & walk to the sea.
Whichever direction you decide to walk in there is a unique hostel waiting to provide low cost comfortable accommodation for you and your group in Harwich. The 1912 Centre, a former fire station, provides great value hostel accommodation for groups of up 26. Situated in the heart of Harwich’s historic area, just 50m to the sea and promenade with all the towns amenities on the doorstep and rail and bus stations nearby, you may well decide to stay for more than one night.
The Essex Way is a lovely walk, taking you through ancient woodland, open farmland, tree-lined river valleys and leafy green lanes, with plenty of picturesque and historic villages along the way. It is well signed but it is always best to have maps as a back up. You will need OS Explorer Maps: 184, 196, 195, 183, 174.
If you start in Harwich coast, the route takes you cross country to the Stour estuary with views across to Suffolk. The bustling town of Manningtree comes next, followed by a walk through Dedham vale and the Stour valley – right in the heart of Constable Country. After that you will cross open farmlands and pass thatched cottages and pretty villages, and the tranquil Colne valley, before reaching historic Coggeshall. More idyllic countryside takes you to White Notley and Pleshey, both with a rich history to tell. Then the villages become smaller, the countryside becomes quieter and as you walk the green lanes you can sense the presence of those who walked the way hundreds of years ago. A meandering wander along the banks of the River Roding takes you into Ongar which in turn becomes a woodland stroll through Epping Forest. The walk uses footpaths and bridleways in the main, with some lane walking and occasionally, some sections along the roadside. For much more information visit Essex Walks website.