The Beach Guide

Martello Beach (Martello Tower (Clacton))

Martello Beach - Essex

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A sandy beach named after a small defensive fort known as a 'Martello Tower', which dates back to the nineteenth century. Plenty of facilities including beach huts and a campsite. Popular clifftop gardens overlooking the beach.

Also known as:

Martello Tower (Clacton)

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned during the summer.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Slipway

    Nearest town

    Clacton on Sea


    CO15 1XY

    OS grid ref.

    TM 1676 1370

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award

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    Martello Beach Reviews

    Where are the toilets

    CandSand Colchester
    Jul 29th 2019

    The first time we ventured to this end of Clacton but this seemed to be a gem of a beach for the grandkids. Easy to park right on the sandy beach. Even some palm trees.
    The two major problem the 100s of people found were that the carpark wasn’t taking cash & secondly it was miles to the nearest toilets. Both the cafe & the Martello carvery actively stopped the public using theirs & the nearest we were informed was ‘half way to the pier’.
    Is this really acceptable?

    What did we get wrong?