What’s near to Wivenhoe House

The Essex and Suffolk coastline is dotted with traditional seaside resorts offering fun for all the family. Clacton, less than 14 miles from Wivenhoe House, is definitely worth a visit during your stay, even if it is just for a go on the penny slots.

The largest resort on the Essex Sunshine Coast, Clacton has golden beaches, beautiful seafront gardens, sea front kiosks, two theatres and even pleasure flights. If you love planes then make a date for the Clacton Air Show Thursday and Friday August 24 and 25.

This year the Martello Bay beach gained Blue Flag status, the gold standard for beaches.


West Beach is where you find Clacton’s Pier, celebrating its 146th birthday this July. By the end of World War Two, Clacton was established as a premier seaside resort and the pier was at its centre, jampacked with arcade games and rides.

The old fashioned games of penny slots – now for 2ps and ten pence coins – is still there alongside a waltzer, helter skelter, aquarium, and adventure golf, all childhood favourites, whatever your age is now.

During the summer school holidays Circus Fantasia returns to Clacton Pier with a new spectacular show featuring amazing acrobatic displays.

And if you, or rather the younger members of the family, still have any energy left head to Hasty’s Adventure Farm just outside the town.

It’s a traditionally British day out by the seaside and what could be better than that?




find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.