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Lots of wonderful places to discover

The main attraction in Walton-on-the-Naze is its beautiful beach. The town boasts a long stretch of golden sands, which are ideal for sunbathing, picnicking, and beach activities. The beach is backed by a promenade that offers stunning views of the sea and serves as a popular spot for leisurely walks and cycling. During the summer months, the beach becomes a lively destination with beach huts for hire,  amusement arcades, and traditional seaside attractions.

Walton-on-the-Naze is renowned for its fascinating geological features. The Naze, a headland jutting out into the sea, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a popular destination for fossil hunting.

For nature lovers, Walton-on-the-Naze offers various nature reserves and wildlife habitats to explore. The Walton-on-the-Naze Nature Reserve and the nearby Hamford Water National Nature Reserve are home to a diverse range of bird species, including avocets, redshanks, and oystercatchers. These reserves provide opportunities for birdwatching, nature walks, and observing the local flora and fauna.

Walton on Naze Beach Huts

Images courtesy of Alice Beach Hut hire

The Naze Tower is a popular historic landmark located on the headland, offering panoramic views of the coastline and houses a museum and art exhibitions.

Built in 1720 for navigation the 86ft Naze Tower is an historic landmark. It is grade II* listed, as the only building of its type and era in the country. Today it offers visitors a unique experience of heritage and culture that is fun for all ages. 

At the top is a roof viewing platform with spectacular panoramic views of coastal Essex and Suffolk. Inside over eight floors the Tower houses an art gallery with three exhibitions each year by East Anglian artists, a museum about the history of the Tower and the Naze, and a cafe with seating inside and out serving lunches, cakes, ice creams and barista coffee. 

The Tower is dramatically situated on the cliffs at the Naze, an attractive natural coastline with great walks, open space, beaches and fossil rich cliffs.

Open in 2024: 
28 March – 3 November 
Every day 10am – 5pm

Situated near the tower is the Naze Nature Discovery Centre where you can learn about the flora, fauna and geology of the area. There is also a café in the centre itself and another two near to the tower.

Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles is a unique centre offering family fitness with its gym and swimming pool.

Walton Pier, originally built in 1830 is another popular attraction in the town. It offers amusement arcades, fairground rides, and family entertainment. The pier also provides fishing opportunities for those interested in angling.

Walton-on-the-Naze Tower

Walton also has an Escape Room which is a real-life game where you solve puzzles and overcome challenges to test your skill and try to escape an atmospheric room! This is one of four venues in Clacton, Harwich, Ipswich and Walton.

The town itself has a charming and traditional atmosphere, with a mix of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. There are independent shops, cafes, and restaurants along the High Street and the nearby streets, where visitors can enjoy local cuisine and browse through unique boutiques and gift shops.

Walton has a selection of convenience stores including a Co-op, a Tescos Extra and an ALDI store and an M&S Food Hall.

There are several good places to eat out in Walton, but we would like to make a special mention for East Coast 5 ,  The Lara Restaurant and the Pearl of Samui Thai Restaurant.

Walton-on-the-Naze High Street