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Clacton-on-Sea pier and beach

There are few better places to enjoy the traditional pleasures of the British seaside than Clacton-on-Sea.

This distinctive seaside resort is located in Essex, on the Tendring peninsula. The town’s seafront is dominated by its magnificent pier, which dates back to the 1800s and features a 50ft helter-skelter. As you explore Clacton-on-Sea’s promenade and bustling streets, you’ll discover theatres, arcades, golf courses, water sports and a selection of old-fashioned shops and cafes selling ice-creams, buckets and spades, and everything else you would hope for from one of the country’s best-loved seaside resorts.

A visit to Clacton-on-Sea would be incomplete without a wander along the pier. You’ll find an aquarium, ten pin bowling and a variety of old-fashioned amusements. There are a number of good eateries on the pier, including an American Diner and a café, serving a range of seaside snacks.

Beach huts at Clacton-on-Sea

There’s no shortage of evening entertainment in Clacton-on-Sea. One of its most popular attractions is Princess Theatre , which puts on an exciting programme of shows including magic, comedy, music and more. Also well worth a visit is West Cliff Theatre, an award-winning venue where you can see some of the country’s best comedians and a brilliant summer variety show.

Clacton-on-Sea is home to a selection of fantastic places to eat and drink, whether you’re looking for a modern restaurant, cosy pub or old-fashioned tearoom. For contemporary British cuisine with a sea view, look no further than Armstrong’s at the Pavilion. Alternatively, check out Franco’s which is popular among locals for its steaks and fresh seafood. Clacton-on-Sea is home to one of the best Mexican restaurants for miles around, El Guaco’s , where you can expect big portions of tacos, burritos and enchiladas, to be washed down with a bottle of crisp Mexican beer. If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast and a good cup of coffee, try Pier Avenue Café.

"Despite all the pier’s attractions, one of the nicest ways to enjoy it is to find a quiet spot and gaze out to sea as the sun sets on the horizon."

Clacton-on-Sea also has some great pubs, such as The Sailor Boy, which is known for its excellent selection of local ales and has its own market.

If you’re planning on venturing further afield, Clacton-on-Sea is well connected by public transport to some of the region’s most interesting towns and cities, and is a short train journey away from London.There are few better places to enjoy the traditional pleasures of the British seaside than Clacton-on-Sea.

While you’re there

Clacton Pavilion

From dodgems to Ten Pin Bowling to a 5D cinema, plenty for all ages.

Clacton Pier

All weather fun for the whole family.

Clacton Zoo

An educational fun day out that the little ones will love!

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