Holland-on-sea Beach

  • Holland-on-sea Beach - Essex
    © Rich M
  • Holland-on-sea Beach - Essex
    © Rich M
  • Holland-on-sea Beach - Essex
    © Rich M
  • Holland-on-sea Beach - Essex
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  • Four miles up the coast from Clacton, Holland-on-Sea is a much less developed part of the coast, and offers a quieter spot to come to get away from the crowds at Clacton.  This is a good place to come for long walks along the coast, where there is a chance of spotting a variety of migrant birds. The terrain is composed mainly of coarse, grainy sand. 

    Two promenades run alongside the beach.  Bicycles are permitted only on the upper promenade.  There are benches and a number of beach huts. 

    The sea defences along this stretch of the coastline have undergone significant development in recent years.  Newly constructed man-made rocky outcrops line the beach.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dog are not allowed on most of beach from 1st May to 30th September. (From breakwater south west of Queensway to café north west of Queensway.)

    Essex dog friendly beaches »


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Beach hut hire
    • Promenade

    Nearest town

    Clacton on Sea


    CO15 5TZ

    OS grid ref.

    TM 2079 1637


    Several Pay and Display car parks are available plus parking along the Marine Parade.

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Holland-on-sea Beach Reviews

    Jun 06th 2019

    Holland on sea beaches are unspoilt ,perfect for a lazy day ,dog friendly and are kept clean by the brilliant volunteers from the Holland residents association

    Great beach L, great times

    Alfie lowrie
    May 19th 2020

    I have been going to HOS for a number of years, I have 4 children and have only had very good experiences.
    Never busy and lots of space to run around.
    Can’t see why anyone would give it below five stars.

    Holland Beach

    Jun 25th 2020

    Beautiful beach , lovely cafe, friendly dog walkers much better than clacton what more could you want!

    Fab Beach

    The only way is not Essex
    Jan 02nd 2021

    Fab beach, but please be aware that some cyclists & dog owners don’t observe the rules! ☹

    Great beach

    Aug 09th 2020

    Had some lovely family time at our first visit to Holland-on-Sea today
    Great clean beach with a mix of soft sand (By the path) and stones ( nearer the water) 
    car park (Brighton road)  £2 all day toilet and beach just across the road
    Ramps down to the beach too and so much space to social distance from others we will definitely become regular visitors here and also dog friendly so will bring our dog next time x

    Oct 15th 2019

    Great place to live lovely beach and Haven Cafe fabulous


    Justin Stone
    Aug 27th 2019

    Such a different experience to Frinton and Clacton. HOS is less crowded and also the water is often clear. On a warm sunny day you can forget you are in Essex.

    Great all rounder

    Aug 24th 2022

    A lovely clean beach,part sand/shingle with added stones(it’s a beach!!)..Dogs;well behaved owners)welcome on most parts..2 cafes to cater for all and toilets

    Excellent Beaches

    Aug 10th 2022

    One poster stated dog were on the beach in spite of a Ban. That is not totally correct. A few of the beaches at Holland on sea have a dog ban but most do not. You can check on the Tendering Council Web site to verify which beaches have a dog ban

    Lovely Quiet Beach

    Jun 16th 2022

    If you prefer a quiet beach with not too many people come here midweek.

    Dog friendly

    Sep 22nd 2020

    The information says dogs not allowed, but as on most UK beaches dog owners appear to be a law unto themselves and you will find dogs on this beach. Mostly quiet (which is bearable) but some do frequently bark which I find irritating. And some cyclists flout the law by riding on the lower footpath but don’t attempt to tell them - I was met a with a rude and ignorant response when I informed them it was a no cycling footpath.
    Otherwise a very nice beach.

    Ryan Smith
    Jul 25th 2019

    Nice clean out the way sandy beach with country park and cafe on promenade best beach on Essex coastline

    Henna Kaufman
    Jun 16th 2021

    we had a beautiful afternoon on the golden beach enjoyed every minute


    Jul 17th 2020

    Dissapointed was very Stoney everywhere!

    Campervans and motorhomes not welcome

    May 08th 2021

    Free 6 hour parking on beach side road for cars. Limited pay as you go spaces for Campervans under 5 metres. Forget it if over this length. Keep away from this area and choose a town that welcomes Campervans and motorhomes. Definitely do not support this sort of discrimination.