Mersea Island

Mersea Island

Mersea - Boats at Low Tide

Follow the River Colne down to Mersea Island, home to the Colchester native oyster, and the ideal place to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Go for a paddle on the beach, bird-watching in Cudmore Grove Country Park, or simply for a walk across the tranquil island.

Choose from East or West Mersea - the west is a small fishing town, with some sandy beaches and a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs. The east is more rural with wild natural beaches and large open spaces. 

Easily accessible by car or public transport from Colchester Town Centre, Mersea Island is ideal for a peaceful day out surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Mersea Island is also a great place to discover local produce - a platter of fresh Mersea seafood, with glass of local wine!

West Mersea

Beach Huts on Mersea Island. Photo: Visit Essex

The most populated part of Mersea Island is West Mersea, which acts as a hub for the island. In the small town centre you'll discover shops and restaurants as well as small tourist attractions such as the Mersea Island Museum, and the parish church of St Peter and St Paul.

Head for the seafront, and the far west of the island and you'll discover an area populated by fishing boats and sailing vessels,as well as some fine seafood restaurants and one of three pubs on the island. A jetty provides a perfect spot to take the kids crabbing in the summer months.

As you head anticlockwise around the island you can witness the beaches turn from mud to shingle and then into sandier fare as picturesque pastel-coloured beach huts appear once you near the holiday camps and more traditionally touristy side of the island that bustles with activity during the peak season. 


East Mersea

The eastern side of Mersea is primarilly rural farming-land but significantly also includes the island's only country park, Cudmore Grove

Cudmore Grove is a fantastic nature reserve, with walks that provide stunning views over the estuary towards Brightlingsea. Wild beaches, bird hides and nature trails contribute to the visitor experience, and a large impressive children's play area combined with an old WWII pill box that is ripe for exploring make it a great day out for young children too.

East Mersea is also home to Essex Outdoors activity centre, and the Mersea Island Vineyard.

East Mersea Beach

More Mersea...

Mersea Walks
Explore the island on foot. Mersea is only a small island, and is fascinating to explore up close.
Stuck on the Strood
At High Tide the causeway on and off the island floods and can leave you stranded! Don't get stuck, and check the tide times.

Plan your trip to Colchester and Mersea