Things to do around The Shipwreck Bar and Shotley Marina

A great view of The Port of Felixstowe and Harwich

People love to come down to this unique spot where the River Stour and River Orwell meet and watch the comings and goings of container ships at The Port of Felixstowe, daily ferries to Holland and majestic cruise ships from The Port of Harwich .

A lively marina

The Shipwreck is situated at Shotley Marina which due to it’s position closest to the North Sea, attracts boats from all over the UK, France and Holland. The marina has a lock which boats go through before mooring up secure from the changing tide.

HMS Ganges Museum

Open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday 11am to 5pm from Easter to the end of October, The HMS Ganges Museum is situated next to the Shipwreck where you can enjoy looking at all the memorabilia from the renowned Royal Naval Training Establishment which trained 160,000 men between 1905 and 1976.

See the HMS Ganges Museum Website

Bird Watching

Whatever time of year you decide to visit us you will always see birdlife. The mudflats are a haven for wading birds, such as Oystercatchers, Turnstones, Egrets, Knot and Black-tailed Godwits.

In the Autumn flocks of Brent Geese arrive to over winter on the estuary.

Local Walks

The Shipwreck is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are footpaths from The Shipwreck through the marina, along the banks of the river Orwell and up to St Mary’s Church Shotley which dates from the 1400’s. To the back of the church is a WW1 cemetery overlooking a vineyard and opposite is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery overlooking the Port of Felixstowe.

Shotley Point Yacht Club

Based at Shotley Marina at the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Orwell, Shotley Point Yacht Club welcomes all boaters to join its friendly club where you will find like-minded people with an interest in sailing the East Coast and beyond.

They organise cruising events designed so that most boat owning members can participate if they wish. Cruises are mainly to the many destinations around the East Coast and Thames Estuary, not involving long sails and so are ideal for family sailors, although there are usually one or two trips to Holland, Belgium or France each year. The emphasis is on the social side of things, a glass of two of wine aboard, yacht club meals and BBQ’s often feature.

If you are new to boating or to the East Coast or you want to extend your cruising horizons and social life then you will find a warm welcome at SPYC.

For more information contact the Membership Secretary at

Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry

Continuing the tradition of a ferry here since 1912, this 58 seater privately owned foot and bicycle ferry runs a triangular route from the pontoon opposite The Shipwreck to Felixstowe Languard Fort beach and Harwich Pier from April to October. A fun way to explore on a sunny day.