Clacton - Pier Beach (Groyne 41)

Clacton - Pier Beach - Essex
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The sandy beach of Clacton is most easily recognizable by its famous pier, which dates back to 1877. It is a popular family destination due to the high number of activities and entertainments on and around the beach.

Clacton Pier provides most of the entertainment to beachgoers, including an aquarium, fishing, bowling, several rides, an arcade and more. Behind the pier is a line of popular restaurants sure to satisfy all tastes and moods.

Visitors looking to spend some time on the sand can enjoy beach hut and deck chair hires, a shop and an cafe/restaurant. The lifeguard patrol, first aid area and lost child centre also means parents can rest assured that a day out on this beach will be a fun and safe excursion for the whole family.

Also known as:

Groyne 41

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs restricted from 1 May to 30 September

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  • Amusement arcade
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Lost child centre
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire
  • Beach hut hire
  • Slipway
  • Pier

Nearest town

Clacton on Sea


CO15 1QX

OS grid ref.

TM 1758 1441


Parking available - free and pay

Water quality

Water quality star rating

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