Martello Beach (Martello Tower (Clacton))

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 cliff top 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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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Crazy golf/putting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town

Clacton on Sea


CO15 1XY

OS grid ref.

TM 1676 1370


There is pay parking near the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Martello Beach Reviews

Martello beach

Little inch
Dec 03rd 2019

Your comment is fair but Martello beach and onwards away from Clacton is a thorn to Tendring council. They would wish it never existed.
However the toilets are a long walk from Martello tower only because the council will not build any or put portables.
I personally apologise for your troubled day. Please do not be put off by the skint Flint council.

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?