We will have a 10 day trip in early March where we fly open jaw into London and back home via Amsterdam. After 4 nights in London, we will head to Harwich to take the Stena Line ferry overnight crossing to Hook of Holland. As we have luckily visited England and the Low Countries often in the past, we chose this route strictly to try something different. While I have done a fair amount of research, I am finding some information hard to locate. As such, I have a few questions about this route I will ask in hopes that we can be better prepared:
The ferry leaves at 11pm from Harwich Terminal. Are there any interesting things in town that are worth arriving early for? Even if the town of Harwich lacks any real “sites”, if it is charming enough with some nice pubs, that would be fine.
We will have luggage. Is it possible to drop luggage off, say 4-5 hours before departure so we can be sans bags and walk around town? Is it possible to walk or take public transportation into city center?
If the consensus to the aforementioned questions arrives at not arriving early, are there any recommended train stopovers from London to Harwich (with luggage lockers at the station) that one would recommend instead?
Also, any insight/advice with embarking, disembarking and onboard experience would be most welcome too.