Great Bentley is a village and civil parish in the Tendring district of North Essex, England, located seven miles east of Colchester. It is home to the largest village green in the country, at a size of and has won 'Village of the Year' several times. Great Bentley railway station provides the village with frequent rail services along the Sunshine Coast Line to London Liverpool Street, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze.
Great Bentley is scattered round an extensive level or common, of , on the eastern side of the vale of a rivulet, seven miles (11 km) east-south-east of Colchester. The parish contains 2500 inhabitants, and 3,188 acres (13 km²) of fertile land, including hills and valleys, and extending southward to the Flag Creek, a tidal creek which connects with the Colne, near Brightlingsea. Pubs in the area include The Plough Inn beside the village green and the Royal Fusilier in Aingers Green. The village has yet again retained the title for 'Best Kept Village in Essex', winning in both 2009 and 2010.
Great Bentley is the second largest village in the Tendring district, with a population of 2,381. The village has road, rail and bus links.