The original settlement at Great Clacton is a mile inland. St. John the Baptist Church here dates from the Norman period.
Clacton was developed as a resort from the 1860s, and has 7 miles of sandy beach, as well as the usual seaside attractions.
Clacton Pier has rides and cafes. It once featured a famous roller coaster named Steel Stella, but this was destroyed by fire in 1973.
Butlin`s Holiday Camp is not far from the pier.
There are three Martello towers in the vicinity.
The Lower Palaeolithic culture is known as Clactonian, after flint implements found here.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Clacton for groups.