Clacton Pier


Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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Clacton Pier is the largest in Europe at 6.5 acres and attracts around 1,000,000 visitors each year. Situated on the Tendring Coast, the pier was built in 1871 and provides a wide variety of outdoor and indoor attraction to suit all ages 52 weeks of the year. It boasts 16 rides, a bowling centre, amusement arcade, seaquarium and a wide range of food and drink outlets. A new £4 million undercover development was completed in July 2018 which includes Skull Point Adventure Golf, Discovery Bay Soft Play and Dockside Dodgems. In 2021 three new rides were added - the Clacton Pier Wheel Experience, the Looping Star Roller Coaster and Race-O-Rama - to celebrate the pier's 150th birthday.

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Clacton Pier
1 North Sea, CLACTON ON SEA, Essex, CO15 1QX


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Essex

Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.

Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore: 

  • the great Waltham Abbey
  • Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
  • the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
  • Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.

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