Brightlingsea is located on the North Essex coast between Clacton on Sea and Colchester, at the mouth of the River Colne.
With the Colne on one side and Brightlingsea Creek on the other, it’s very nearly an island and some say it has that kind of ‘island feel’ around it, with just the one road leading in and out of the town.
In fact, Brightlingsea was in fact an island up until only a few hundred years ago.
As you might expect, the town has a rich seafaring history stretching all the way back to the Middle Ages when a port was first established through to WW1 and WW2 and the leisure and working port we see today.
We’ve come up with some handy guides to help you get the most out of your visit: