Nestled on the Tendring Peninsula, Clacton-on-Sea has been the region’s most popular seaside resort since the 1950s. It boasts a traditional boardwalk, award-winning seafront gardens, golf courses and theatres.
Things to do in Clacton-on-Sea
Clacton Pier boasts almost three hectares of entertainment space, including arcade games, fairground rides, a bowling centre and SeaQuarium for kids. Browse the side stalls selling beach trinkets and souvenirs, then relax with cocktails at Boardwalk Bar.
Near the pier, you’ll find the main Clacton Beach with a long promenade for windswept walks and a sandy strip for sunbathing and swimming. Explore the 16 hectares of pristine coastline to find smaller beaches and bays that stretch from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven or spend an afternoon birdwatching in Holland Haven Country Park.
Walk the Treasure Trail starting on Station Road, where clues are posted on buildings and monuments to help you crack codes on a mission to see the pier, promenade, seafront gardens and historic sites. You can also browse for souvenirs at the factory outlet stores in Clacton Common Shopping Village.
For a dose of Clacton history, check out heritage and art exhibitions at Jaywick Martello Tower, built in the early-19th century to thwart Napoleonic invasion. In the evening, book seats for theatre, ballet, music concerts or dancing at Princes Theatre or West Cliff Theatre & Art Centre.
Getting around Clacton-on-Sea
Clacton-on-Sea is one hour from London, accessible by train or coach. After arrival, buses and taxis provide transportation around the city and beaches, while a car is best for travelling further afield.