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Ferry trips

Brightlingsea Harbour is just 10 miles from the City of Colchester  or Clacton on Sea.  From April to September the Harbour operates a daily foot ferry service taking you across the river Colne to Mersea Island and Point Clear just waiting to be explored.

 Brightlingsea, an historic Cinque Port rich in heritage.  As well as the cultural aspect, Brightlingsea is an exciting, fun place to explore no matter what your age is; whether it be an afternoon crabbing, a day at our very own Lido, a ramble along the beach taking in the stunning views or simply a nice lunch in one of our many delightful eateries. Our Harbour ferry provides not only a means of crossing the creek but opens up opportunities to explore the local area and attractions. Use of the ferry greatly reduces road miles – typically a round trip by road between Brightlingsea and St Osyth is 20 miles but takes just 3 minutes on the ferry. The round trip by road to East Mersea is 40 miles, but only takes approximately 9 minutes by ferry

For cyclists and walkers too, using our ferry could provide an alternative route to Harwich, Clacton, and the City of  Colchester.

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Ferry trip Brightlingsea to East Mersea & Beyond
Leaving Brightlingsea Habour our ferry drops you off at the edge of Cudmore Grove County Park. East Mersea.  Explore the park on foot or why not take your bike on the ferry so you can explore the rest of the island itself and admire the coastline. Cudmore Grove Country Park has an excellent coastal themed play area which will keep the younger visitors entertained for hours, or maybe take a walk along the numerous zig zagging paths across the park. Alternatively, if you would like to go further afield why not enjoy the various pubs, café and eateries such as Mersea Barns, Dog & Pheasant or  locally brewed beer at Mersea Island Vineyard.


Ferry trip Brightlingsea to Point Clear (St Osyth

Hop on our ferry to Point Clear and enjoy a 2km half hour ramble along the St Osyth Sea wall or the St Osyth/Point Clear Coastal 6km walk. Either one should be finished with a drink at the Ferryboat Inn or café on Point Clear, before returning to Brightlingsea. We have some maps in the Harbour office if you would like some ideas for a nice scenic stroll.

Electric Boat Pub Lunch River Cruise to Rowhedge
A lovely day out for couples/families/groups etc.
Enjoy the stunning panoramic scenery along the river Colne to the riverside village of Rowhedge on Colne Innovation our electric boat. 
The trip from Brightlingsea to Rowhedge takes just over an hour  then spend 1/1/2  hours at Rowhedge  enjoying lunch at The Anchor which is right on the river bank. The Anchor is a classic English pub with amazing 180 degree waterfront views. 

Departing from Brightlingsea you will see one of our landmarks Batemans Tower built in 1833,  stunning countryside views and Alresford Creek in the distance which was a film location for the Essex Serpent. Finally passing through the Colne Barrier which was built in 1989. Improving the tidal defences of Wivenhoe and Rowhedge but also the riverside residential, commercial and industrial areas of the City Colchester. Once through the barrier you will see the colourful village of Wivenhoe before arriving at The Anchor at Rowhedge.

Ferry Charter
Chartering our ferry is another way to explore the River Colne or can be a treat to a loved one for a special occasion, so let us create the perfect trip for you, your family and friends. We can take your party to Wivenhoe, Rowhedge, Hythe Quay or just spend time enjoying the coastline and wildlife.

Harbour Tour
If you are short for time and you want to take a closer look at the yachts and power boats moored within our harbour why not take advantage and book a harbour tour.  If tides are right you can go around Cindery island which is a salt marsh and is home to many local birds and wildlife. Tales too of smugglers, crime and cannibalism amongst crews that would use our harbour waters.

Brightlingsea Harbour accepts credit cards (no fee). Other amenities are available in Brightlingsea and the harbour office can pass on details.

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Guide Prices

Ticket Type/Ticket Tariff

Brightlingsea to Point Clear one way Adult £3.00 Child under 16 £2.00 Child under 1 Free Bikes £1.50 Dogs Free
Brightlingsea / Point Clear to East Mersea one way Adult £4.50 Child under 16 £3.50 Child under 1 Free Bikes £2.50 Dogs Free
Harbour Tours £7.50 per person
Brightlingsea to The Anchor Pub Lunch River Cruise at Rowhedge. Adult £40.00 Child under 12 £36.00


Monday, 1st April 2024 - Sunday, 22nd September 2024

Brightlingsea Boat Trips and Foot ferryApril to September 2024 Brightlingsea Harbour is running its daily foot ferry service to Mersea Island and Point Clear. To book your ferry tickets visit website
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Saturday, 1st June 2024 - Saturday, 21st September 2024

Pub Lunch River CruiseEnjoy the stunning panoramic scenery along the River Colne to the riverside village of Rowhedge. Included in the price is a delicious main meal at the classic English pub The Anchor. The Anchor is right on the river banks with stunning riverside views. A lovely day out for couples/families/groups…
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Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Saturday, 6th July 2024

Duck Race- Regatta
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Special Offers

  • Monday to Thursday only for groups of 6 or more adults the ticket price for adults will be £35.00 and children under12 £31.00.  Payment and booking must be made by 1 person

    Attractions - redeem this special offer between 04/06/2024 and 26/09/2024

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car: From Thorrington Cross take the B1029 to the Harbour Office. Brightlingsea Harbour is 11 miles from Colchester and 12 miles from Clacton on Sea and 15 miles from the A12, Exit 28  

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Alresford station is 4.4 miles away.

First Group Bus Service 62 from Colchester via Wivenhoe

Brightlingsea Boat Trips

Type:Boat Trips

Harbour Office, 4 Copperas Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, CO7 0AP

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Season (1 Apr 2024 - 22 Sept 2024)
Season (1 Apr 2024 - 22 Sept 2024)

* Brightlingsea Harbour Foot Ferry to Point Clear and East Mersea runs every day from April - September. The first ferry leaves at 10am. For further details download our timetable or visit
Brightlingsea to Rowhedge Electric Boat Pub Lunch River Cruise runs from June to September on specific days during each month. visit or log on or email the Harbour Office for the latest information.

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