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Lightvessel LV18

Closes in 21 min: 11:00 - 16:00
Open today: 11:00 - 16:00
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an old vessel

this is an old orange vessel docked at the harwick harbour. for 2 pounds you get to view the inside... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A radio lover's paradise

I took my granddaughters on an adventure. We caught the passenger ferry from Shotley Gate to... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“trinity house”(4 reviews)
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

this is an old orange vessel docked at the harwick harbour. for 2 pounds you get to view the inside of the vessel. everything is well organised and maintained as it was. a good experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I took my granddaughters on an adventure. We caught the passenger ferry from Shotley Gate to Harwich for a day out. The Lightvessel LV18 was a surprise but what a great thing to visit. We wandered all over it, looking in the cabins, on the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank AlexwifeofGray
Reviewed 17 July 2018

We spent a most enjoyable half hour looking around this boat. Below decks is fascinating, all the original bunks and cupboards have been preserved in the cabins. As my father served on the lightships in the 1950's this boat was of particular interest to me....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cath b
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Hi, some interesting reviews here regarding visits to the Lightvessel LV18 in Harwich. However, I need to correct some big misunderstandings in people's perception of what they were visiting. The first thing that needs to be understood is that the LV18 HAS NO connection to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank staffo
Reviewed 31 May 2018

Briliant Museum inside bit cluttered in some areas and some bits are harder to reach watch head and step over amazing to think people lived on here its recently been used for pirate radio and the volunteers are happy to chat and share storys well...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Simon P
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

The vessel is very easy to find being in the harbour right next to ha'penny pier with parking nearby. Entrance costs very little and it provides a fascinating visit. The owner Tony showed us round and told us all about the history and the refurbishment...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank dpm666
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Well worth popping in, very interesting to see an authentic lightship with all its' innards still intact. Good to see the history of the radio ships recorded too. We had an hour before the ferry left and this filled the gap perfectly- very reasonable cost.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Emma W
Reviewed 16 March 2018

If you're visiting Harwich I recommend going around this boat. Tony & his freinds do a great job with all their hard work and its interesting to see what life on board would've been like both for crew and pirate radio alike. featured in the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank whitbyabi
Reviewed 10 December 2017

I did not know much about the pirate radio activities that went on off the edge of the Essex coast but you can find out all about them on the boat that rocked! The people looking after the boat gave me a friendly welcome.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank therichastill
Reviewed 18 October 2017

A wonderful look around the ship and the guy who runs the place has a lot of priate radio caroline on board too. Very interesting for my grandchildren clambering around the lightvessel.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Rob L
16 June 2018|
Response from Simon P | Reviewed this property |
No it was the last manned light vessel 🚢 the original ship is near Maldon of sea but they arrange tours
Michael H
2 July 2015|
Response from EssexUnhappycustomer | Reviewed this property |
30 minutes to an hour all depends how much you read and look at the views from the ship
andy w
29 June 2015|
Response from 347valerie | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, are you referring to Harwich International Port? The lightship is on Harwich Quay.