Essex

There’s more to Essex than reality TV. History buffs will love travelling through time as they start by exploring Roman Britain, and venture through motte-and-bailey Norman keeps, Tudor forts, and finally Victorian country estates and gardens. Essex has more than history though, it’s also got enough shopping centres and spa breaks to help you let go, relax, and enjoy a break from the ardours of modern life. If you’re still not convinced, why not ride one of England’s last running steam train services, marvel at the wonders of science at The Time Machine, or admire the tranquillity and perfection of Essex’s horticultural gardens.

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Essex

There’s more to Essex than reality TV. History buffs will love travelling through time as they start by exploring Roman Britain, and venture through motte-and-bailey Norman keeps, Tudor forts, and finally Victorian country estates and gardens. Essex has more than history though, it’s also got enough shopping centres and spa breaks to help you let go, relax, and enjoy a break from the ardours of modern life. If you’re still not convinced, why not ride one of England’s last running steam train services, marvel at the wonders of science at The Time Machine, or admire the tranquillity and perfection of Essex’s horticultural gardens.

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Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the most complete, almost unaltered, example of a First World War Aerodrome.

Location: Purleigh, Essex

 
Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

The Gibberd Garden was designed by an uncompromising modern architect, and has been conserved just as he left it – tranquil, artful and beautiful.

Location: Harlow, Essex

 
Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Explore Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ book.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

 
At Home with Sir Alfred Munnings

At Home with Sir Alfred Munnings

Spend a peaceful afternoon at Castle House and grounds, one-time home to Sir Alfred Munnings and his wife Violet, and soak up its homely atmosphere.

Location: Dedham, Essex

 
See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Experience Victorian family life at Audley End House and Gardens

Experience Victorian family life at Audley End House and Gardens

Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

 
Enjoy active fun for all the family in Essex’s Lee Valley

Enjoy active fun for all the family in Essex’s Lee Valley

Explore the great outdoors on an active family holiday in Essex’s River Lee Country Park, with traffic free bike trails, farm animals and glamping.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

 
Enjoy a scenic cycle from Saffron Walden to Thaxted

Enjoy a scenic cycle from Saffron Walden to Thaxted

Explore England’s past, as well as the picturesque North Essex countryside, on this cycle route between two historic villages.

Location: Saffron Walden and Thaxted, Essex

 
Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

Enjoy a stroll around firstsite art gallery

firstsite is always free to enter and offers a wealth of exhibitions, events and activities for all the family.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Marsh Farm is more than just a farm attraction. Kids can have heaps of fun whatever the weather with indoor and outdoor play areas.

Location: South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

 
Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Discover easy and interesting shopping in Colchester; with its great mix of big name stores and specialist shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Discover the story of Waltham Abbey’s secret island

Discover the story of Waltham Abbey’s secret island

Spend a day exploring the fascinating history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

 
Discover the Naze seascapes and landscapes

Discover the Naze seascapes and landscapes

Enjoy a day exploring the cliffs, searching for fossils on the beach or admiring the artworks on display in the Naze Tower.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

 
Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Britain’s oldest recorded town has a raft of different tours exploring different aspects of the town’s history, all hugely enjoyable too.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Discover a new visitor experience at Colchester Castle

Discover a new visitor experience at Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is the biggest Norman keep in Britain, in fact, it’s the biggest ever built by the Normans anywhere in Europe.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 
Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Viking raiders used Northey Island as a base during the Battle of Maldon in AD991. Today it’s a lot more tranquil...

Location: Northey Island, Essex

 
Conquer the High Ropes at the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Conquer the High Ropes at the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Put on some sturdy boots or trainers and get the adrenaline pumping at this award winning high ropes course.

Location: Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

 
Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

 
See science come to life at The Time Machine

See science come to life at The Time Machine

Explore the hands on galleries featuring over 50 exhibits, or take part in the workshops with plenty of bangs, explosions and smelly effects.

Location: Harlow, Essex

 
Mountain Biking in Essex

Mountain Biking in Essex

The new Olympic course at Hadleigh Farm promises more than enough to challenge the best riders in the world.

Location: Hadleigh, Essex

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