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1912 Centre - Overnight Groups
Cow Lane, Kings Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ES

The old town fire station has been repurposed as a visitor hostel offering comfortable bunk house accommodation for up to 26 guests. Visiting groups enjoy sole use of the Centre, which is compact and easily managed.  We do ask groups to leave the Centre in a clean and tidy condition so we can keep hire costs down. The centrally heated accommodation comprises:​

Ground Floor: Entrance hall, fully equipped kitchen, dining/recreational area 85 sq. metres in size, plus two sleeping cabins,  showers, toilets with disabled access and a drying room.​

Upper Floor: Residents lounge to relax during your stay with views across the harbour, plus four sleeping cabins.


Hire Charges

Standard hire price for sole group use of the 1912 Centre for up to 26 people : 1 night £295, 2 nights £590, 3 nights £860, 4 nights £1,150, 5 nights £1,290, 6 nights £1,450. Contact us for a quote with your proposed dates.

Youth Group  Discounts:  thanks to support from our Harwich Connexions Charitable Trust special discounts are available for scout, guide, brownie and youth group bookings. Youth Group guideline price for up to 26 bedspaces: 1 night £180, 2 nights £360, 3 nights £540. Contact us for a quote with your proposed dates.​


Pre booking essential. Enquire on-line or call us re availability.No stag or hen groups.



Information to help you plan your stay:

  • Open: All year.

  • Beds & Rooms: up to 26 guests can sleep at the Centre. There are three rooms with 6 bunk beds, one room with 4 bunk beds and two rooms with 2 bunk beds. ​Please bring your own sleeping bags and towels. 

  • Access: The Centre offers accessible shower and WC on the ground floor. with an adjacent bed room.

  • Location: situated in a heritage area overlooking the sea in the old port town of Harwich. The harbour front, beach, promenade are close by.  The visitor centre, Electric Palace Cinema, museums, local shops and sailing club are within easy walking distance. A range of cafes and take aways and pubs offer alternatives to self catering.

  • Activities: Harwich Green and the beach provide out doors space for recreation, free public launching ramp for boating, long distance cycle route and footpath, visitor trails, guided walks and a seasonal foot ferry service across the harbour to Suffolk.. Our website includes useful links for visitor information and what's on. Ask us if you are looking for something special in the Harwich area during your stay.  ​

  • Directions by Road: Follow A120 to Harwich Quay, continue past the Navy Yard Wharf. The Centre is located in Cow Lane adjacent to the historic Electric Palace Cinema. Free on-street parking.

  • Public Transport: Harwich Town Railway Station is a short walk from the Centre. Trains to and from Manningtree link with main line London Liverpool Street - Norwich services . The Harwich bus terminus is also close by.

Call us on 01255 552010 or email for bookings and enquiries.

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