Essex Beach Guide

Here’s a super seaside claim to fame - Essex boasts the longest pleasure pier in the whole world!  Stretching 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary, Southend pier is both a record breaker and a much loved historical landmark.  If you don’t fancy a stroll, you can catch the train all the way to the Royal Pavilion at the very far end!    

Essex has 350 miles of coastline and 35 islands.  The shoreline is rich in wildlife and diverse in habitat - from saltmarshes, tidal inlets and islands to mudflats, cliffs and fossil filled beaches.  

There has been human settlement on the Essex coastline for thousands of years with archeology particularly well preserved in the mudflats and tidal areas, with remains of 4,000 year old forests seen in some places.  

Popular places to hire an Essex beach hut include Southend, Clacton and Walton - all of which have sandy beaches, piers with amusements, cafes and all the fun you’d expect from a traditional British seaside town.  Friton has remained less commercialised with a more peaceful ambience - its sandy beach is ideal for sandcastles and slopes gently into the sea making it very family friendly.  

Other seaside towns such as Brightlingsea, West Mersea and Maldon are ideal if you want a quiet day out and wish to avoid a packed beach resort on a hot summer day.  They all have pretty rows of beach huts and offer a good alternative for beach goers.


  • Less than 2 hours from London by train or car
  • The main resorts have all the entertainment and amenities you’ll need


  • The popular beaches can get crowded (but walk away from the main area, and you’ll find a quieter spot)
  • Coastal roads can get busy during holidays
  • Many beaches have restrictions for our four legged friend - check before you go

Reviews for Essex

Based on 149 reviews

Lovely beach hut. Perfect for us. Would visit again

Fruit n Hut (NO. D126)

Lovely day, beach hut is in a great location. No tea or coffee as suggested but we had taken our own anyway. Thanks - we will be back!

30C Beach House

Really lovely day out, nice views of the sea and all the facilities were perfect.

Bramley (NO. D109)

Absolutely perfect in every way. Thank you so much, we will definitely be returning customers.


Perfect hut everything you need. We will be back.

The Pepper Pot (NO. 317)

Very pleased with the service! The details were provided promptly after booking and all the information needed was included. The hut had an amazing view and was well equipped! Will definitely book again!

Bramley (NO. D109)

Absolutely wonderful we had a really great time & the beach hut was just brilliant. Ross the owner was also very friendly & helpful.

30C Beach House

Really well equipped we loved our day and will use again

Bramley (NO. D109)

Beautifully situated beach hut on the South Cliff overlooking the sea. The hut was very well equipped with everything you could need for a fun day at the beach or (like us) to just relax. Excellent communication from the owner

Bramley (NO. D109)

Beaches In Essex

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