The Beach Guide

Wrabness Beach

Wrabness Beach - Essex

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The village of Wrabness is located on the Stour Estuary between Manningtree and Harwich. It is probably best known for the nature reserve with its woodland and marshes on the edge of the estuary.

Wrabness beach itself is a good sized stretch of sand backed by an array of beach huts and chalets on stilts. Towards the central section of the beach the backdrop becomes more wooded. There are always small boats and dinghies pulled up on the beach as this is a popular spot to land/launch onto the sheltered waters of the Stour.

As well as the beach and nature reserve Wrabness is also known for "Julie's House" – an fairytale style cottage created by Turner Prize-winning Essex artist Grayson Perry. You can actually rent the cottage and enjoy its views across the estuary and beach to yourself.

Like much of this coast Wrabness is on the London Clay Formation which means there are fossils to be found, usually after stormy weather when they are washed ashore. Shark's teeth are the most common find but prehistoric horse and whale bones have also been found.

It is worth noting that the beach at Wrabness is privately owned, at least above the high-water mark. We are not sure what implications this has for access so it may be worth checking this before planning a visit.

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Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban in force

We have been informed that dogs are not allowed on this privately owned beach

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  • Beach hut hire

Nearest town



CO11 2TE

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TM 1671 3219

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Wrabness Beach Reviews

graham the lad
Aug 07th 2019

Lack of organised water sports otherwise super great

Wrabness beach

Tony Hollington
Jun 10th 2019

Lovely place, nice and quiet.

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