Frinton-on-Sea Travel Guide

  • The only pub 'inside the gates'...
    The only pub 'inside the gates'...
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  • Frinton beach
    Frinton beach
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  • Poshest convenience I have seen
    Poshest convenience I have seen
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Frinton-on-Sea Things to Do

  • Frinton Railway Station & Crossing...

    Frinton railway station was opened to the public 1st July 1888 - although trains had been running on the line to Walton since 1867 - Frinton , then an undeveloped farming hamlet, only having the status of a 'halt'...2 months later, the station was re-titled Frinton-0n-Sea, which it remained until 20th February 1969Frinton was again reverted to on...

  • Frinton Art Deco Architecture...

    Frinton once had the opportunity to become the capital of showcase 'art deco' architecture, when in 1934, building began of an estate in this modernist style, penned by architect, 0liver Hill...Unfortunately, building ceased in 1936, with only 2dozen of the planned, 1000 separate houses completed; so today, it's a matter of wonder what the finished...

  • Those Victorians!! Buy one if you can...

    If you go down to the promenade by the beach you will see the Victorian Beach Huts. They are of a very dull colour, not gaily painted like other beach huts dotted around the coastline.

  • Quaint Church of St. Mary

    Situated at the end of the High Street, just before the greensward and the beach, can be found this lovely little church of St. Mary.

  • Take a hike!

    OK, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be offensive here, as in the American expression "take a hike, buddy", I'm merely making a suggestion.Frinton is basically a suburb of Walton (see separate tips), or the other way round if you prefer. Either way, they are only about a mile and a half apart, connected by a lovely sea walk. If you've come to...

  • New twist on an old theme.

    As I have travelled about England, Britain, Europe and beyond it becomes abundantly clear that the one thing we all need to survive is water. You can go for weeks without food, but you have to have water or you're finished. I have seen many old water pumps and cattle troughs about the place, many of them now sadly disused as there is no further...


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Frinton-on-Sea Restaurants

  • Like Having a Drink At Your Friends...

    Whilst the furnishing and decor in this quirky wine bar/coffee bar is different and unusual it felt relaxing and comfortable. We stopped off here for a coffee in the afternoon. There was a selection of sandwiches, snacks and cakes also available with a good choice of fillings.The lady who served us made us feel like we were visiting old friends, we...

  • Fancy some Elderflower and Lime...

    This small cafe/wine bar/shop has an identity crisis, but if one of the window seats are free I would say it is a pleasant place to stop. Here you can get panini's, cakes, ice-creams, tea, coffee... or something stronger.In addition, the window area and much of the floor (and piano) is crammed with cakes, jams, chutneys, crisps as well as a...

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Frinton-on-Sea Shopping

  • Art Deco & Antiques

    No.24 is the most interesting shop in Frinton, & a true Aladdin's Cave for fans of art deco...Frinton & art deco might seem an unlikely scenario today, now that the town has been stuck with the retort; 'Harwich for the continent; Frinton for the incontinent!'But the truth about the resort is that it's not more than a century old, & had the vision...

  • East Anglia's Bond Street?

    Frinton's main high street, Connaught Avenue, was named after the Duke of Connaught, whose wife officially opened it, & has been likened to a Bond Street, beside the seaside...Where this analogy came from, I don't know, but as far as I'm concerned, it's utter nonsense, because from as far as I can remember, Frinton's main shopping fare has lacked...

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Frinton-on-Sea Local Customs

  • Frinton Accommodation (0r lack of it)...

    If you're planning to stay in Frinton proper, (the area once known, as 'inside the gates' - see separate article) you might be surprised to discover that there are only 3 choices of (upmarket) accommodation, (other than holiday lets);The Maplin, & The Rock hotels, & Uplands Guesthouse...This might seem extraordinary for a seaside resort, but...

  • Frinton Gates...

    Frinton, for as long as most folk can remember, has always been associated with its iconic railway crossing gates...Not that they were unique to the resort, but as far as true Frintonians were concerned, the gates marked the boundary between Frinton proper, & the rest of the common proletariat living outside them...So, when Network Rail decided...

  • Frinton Summer Theatre

    Frinton's Summer Theatre has a tradition going back over 60 years, founded in 1937 by Cambridge academic, T. P. Hoar, as a distraction, while he was in the area, studying coastal erosion...The Theatre soon became established, & has run since 1947 from The McGrigor (former Womens' Institute) Hall, Fourth Avenue (Connaught Avenue end...)It's now run...


Frinton-on-Sea Warnings and Dangers

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    by joanj Updated Oct 3, 2008

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    There is a very long beach at Frinton, and when you go down from the cliff tops, there are no facilities down there, maybe one hut for icecream. I did not see any toilet facilities, except up the steps to the green expanse above. So you have to take all you need for a day on the beach, but remember you have to climb the steps for the loo!

    The picture shown ise one way to the beach. If you click onto the picture you can see that the path then leads to the left, and zig zags down through a little garden to the beach below.

    steps to/from the beach

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Frinton-on-Sea Off The Beaten Path

  • Pedlars Wood...

    Frinton might not be the sort of place to go for the sake of a walk in the woods, but if such a desire should inspire you, the only place to go is Pedlars wood...The wood is not a public place, but actually owned by a local resident, who's responsible for transforming it from an overgrown rubbish tip on wasteland, that became redundant with the...

  • Holland Haven...

    Holland Haven is a nature reserve, tucked away behind the sea wall, linking Holland-0n-Sea to Frinton-0n-Sea...This area is not above sea level, & would have been lost to coastal erosion, were it not for the continuing sea defences construction on this part of the Tendring Penninsula...The nature reserve is a part of Holland Marshes, which flood...

  • Memorial for PC 389 Bill Bishop

    On Wednesday August 22nd 1984, with other officers, Bill Bishop confronted a man recognised as a person wanted for armed hold ups that day in both Walton and Frinton Post Offices. He shouted at him `Armed Police. Stop!' at which the robber lifted the carrier bag, which concealed a gun, and shot him in the head. Police Sergeant Mervyn Fairweather...


Frinton-on-Sea Sports & Outdoors

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    by arturowan Written Sep 17, 2013

    There's no shortage of active sports happening in Frinton, despite the image of the place being summarised as;
    'Harwich for the Continent, Frinton for the incontinent!'
    Frinton has had its own cricket pitch, tennis courts, & golf club, ever since it was developed from a farming hamlet, a century ago...
    In recent decades, the resort has developed a reputation for alternative sports, all of which happen at the western end of the greensward, which is often referred to as "the golf course end of town"...
    This is also the area with the launching ramp, where jet skis, powerboats, & windsurfers take to the water...
    The expanse of grass above the cliffs here, is where on a windy day, & there are many of them in Frinton, you are likely to find kite flyers, kiteboarders, windboarders, as well as horseriders taking to the beach...
    All these activities make for interesting spectating, especially when the kiteboards, complete with riders, are lifted off the ground by a gust of wind...
    The most peculiar sight though, are the motorised parachutes & paragliders, flown in from nearby Kirby-le-Soken, with pilots dangling precariously from colourful fabric chutes/aerofoils...

    Equipment: (wind)surfboard

    Frinton golf course...
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    • Surfing
    • Windsurfing
    • Horse Riding

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Frinton-on-Sea Favorites

  • Crescent Garden...

    Frinton-on-Sea, as its name implies, might be a seaside resort, but in my opinion, its best feature is its gardens...All 3 of the Tendring penninsula resorts - Clacton, Frinton, & Walton, have their gardens, but the truth is, those in neighbouring Walton-on-Naze, are quite missable, with a disparate mixture of palms & conifers, & potted plants in...

  • Inconvenience !!!

    Although there is a long beach, a few beach huts, that is all there is along the shoreline, so to relieve one's self you can climb the steps to the state of the art convenience, which was reputed to have cost £25,000. Of course there is a charge via a turnstile, but had to take a picture for you of this important necessity.Frinton is posh you see !

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