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Welcome to Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea is a small coastal town on the eastern shores of Essex, at the mouth of the River Colne. Brightlingsea is one of the earliest-settled areas in the UK with Neolithic artefacts dating back to 3100 BC uncovered here. Today, its short, aesthetic high street, charming seafront area, and transport links to Colchester, make Brightlingsea a popular destination for weekend days out.

Come to Colchester

One of Essex's main towns, Colchester is Britain's oldest recorded settlement, with an incredible, varied history stretching back over 2,000 years. A thriving, modern town today, Colchester attracts many people visiting the Essex area with attractions such as Colchester Castle and Colchester Zoo, along with great shopping, eating and drinking opportunities, and convenient links to the coast. If you're visiting Brightlingsea or other places in the area, be sure to make some time for this underappreciated gem of the east coast.

Unwind at the Beth Chatto Gardens

A designated Visit England visitor attraction, the Beth Chatto Gardens make up one of Colchester's most beautiful and popular green spaces. Stretching over 6 acres, the idyllic beauty of these gardens has attracted people from all over the UK and beyond. Formerly barren areas have been lovingly transformed with plants specifically suited to the conditions of the earth, water, and surrounding fauna. With a tearoom open all year round, the Beth Chatto Gardens are a great place to lose yourself and walk away the stress.

Planning a trip to Brightlingsea? Travelodge Clacton-on-Sea Central Hotel is just over 20 minutes away by car, and Travelodge Colchester Feering Hotel can be reached in half an hour.