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Paycockes
National Trust

Paycockes, 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1NS, Tel: 01376 561305, Email

Built in the 16th century, this attractive half-timbered house is a grand example of wealth generated by the cloth trade.

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  • Rail station: Kelvedon (4 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Bourne Mill
National Trust

Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT, Tel: 01206 549799, Email

National Trust property, the mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped "Dutch" gables. There is a millpond and some of the machinery, including the waterwheel which is still intact and working.

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (2 miles)
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Copped Hall

Epping Upland, Epping, Essex, CM16 5HS, Tel: 0207 267 1679, Email

Copped Hall was the burnt-out shell of a fine Georgian mansion but now being restored. Superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland. The mansion and gardens are situated on a site of ancient human habitation.

 
 
Ingatestone Hall
Historic Houses Association Friends SchemeSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Hall Lane, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR, Tel: 01277 353010, Email

Tudor manor house and grounds containing furniture, pictures and memorabilia accumulated by the resident family over the centuries.

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  • Rail station: Ingatestone (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

 
VistEngland VAQAS

Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG, Tel: 01376 563796

A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Marks Hall.

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  • Rail station: Marks Tey (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Brentwood Cathedral

 

Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM4 9BU, Tel: 01277 265235

The new (1991) Roman Catholic classical cathedral church of St Mary and St Helen incorporates part of the original Victorian church. Designed by distinguished Classical architect Quinlan Terry with roundels by Raphael Maklouf.

 
 
 

Hedingham Castle

 

Baley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ, Tel: 01787 460261

Hedingham Castle is not just one place. Romantic, beautiful, ancient, historic and wild, it is somewhere to set your imagination free.

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  • Rail station: Braintree (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Friary Walled Garden

 

Maldon, Essex, CM9 5FW, Tel: 01621 855902

The Friary Walled Garden is very small and normally open to the public for a short time once a month.

 
 
 

Harwich Guildhall

 

c/o Harwich Town Council, Church Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3DS, Tel: 01255 507211

Set in the heart of the historic old sea port, Harwich’s Guildhall is a Grade One Listed building dating from the seventeenth century.

 
 
 

The Dutch Cottage

 

Crown Hill, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7HQ, Tel: 01268 798600

The tiny octagonal cottage based on the design of the 17th century Dutch settlers must be one of the smallest and certainly most unusual 'council houses' in Britain.

 
 
 

Chelmsford Cathedral

 

New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1TY, Tel: 01245 294498

The church of St Mary the Virgin in Chelmsford was probably first built along with the town eight hundred years ago. It was rebuilt in the 15th and early 16th centuries, with walls of flint rubble, stone and brick.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

 
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET, Tel: 0845 265 8071

Hyde Hall is a palate of sumptuously rich and varied colours providing inspiration for the novice and keen gardener alike. Whatever time of the year you visit it will always be a wonderful experience.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (8 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Audley End House and Gardens

 
VistEngland VAQASEssex Tourism AwardsEnglish Heritage

Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF, Tel: 01799 522842

Step back in time and see Victorian life come to life before your eyes at Audley End House and Gardens. You can experience what life was like at one of England’s grandest stately homes.

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  • Rail station: Audley End (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Church of St Mary the Virgin

 

Off Church Road, Burton End, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8UB, Tel: 0207 8410414

Peaceful spot in the midst of modern development

 
 

Conference Centre at Braxted Park

 

Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, Nr Witham, Essex, CM8 3EN, Tel: 01621 892305

Whether you are looking for an impressive space to hold a conference for 350 people or an intimate and exclusive off-site meeting, Braxted Park is the venue for you.

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  • Rail station: Witham (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Little Bromley, St Mary

 

Barlon Road, Little Bromley, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 2PP, Tel: 01223 324 442

A patchwork church.

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  • Rail station: Manningtree (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 

All Saints' Church, East Horndon

 

East Horndon, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3LL, Tel: 0207 8410414

Magnificent Tudor church with views to the Thames

 
 

Wickham Place Farm Garden

 

Station Road, Wickham Bishops, Witham, Essex, CM8 3JB, Tel: 01621 891282

14 acres of walled garden, ponds and woodland walks to enjoy. Renowned for the huge wisterias in May. Lovely garden of roses, shrubs, perennials and bulbs provide year round colour.

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  • Rail station: Witham (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Bridge End Garden

 
Essex Tourism Awards

c/o Tourist Information Centre, 1 Market Place, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HR, Tel: 01799 524002

Bridge End Garden was laid out by the Gibson family in the nineteenth century and is open to the public each day free of charge. Recently restored back to its former glory.

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  • Rail station: Audley End (2 miles)
  • Free entry
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The Gardens of Easton Lodge

 
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BB, Tel: 01371 876979

Designed by Harold Peto in 1902 for 'Daisy' Countess of Warwick. Abandoned in 1950, restoration commenced in 1993. Visit the Italian garden, glade,'Peto' Pavilion, courtyard with fountain - and be inspired.

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  • Rail station: Stansted Airport (7 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens

 

Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL, Tel: 07779 223321

In the open countryside just outside Maldon, down by the River Chelmer, stands Beeleigh Abbey, one of the most ancient continuously inhabited buildings in England.

 
 
 

St Martin's Church, Colchester

 

West Stockwell Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1HN, Tel: 0207 8410414

Built of recycled Roman brick

 
 

Layer Marney Tower

 
Essex Tourism AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US, Tel: 01206 330784

Magnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings dolls house, church and farm animals. Cafe and shop.

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  • Rail station: Kelvedon (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

Feeringbury Manor

 

Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9RB, Tel: 01376 561946

A beautiful ten acre garden with something of interest at all times of year. Exuberant planting with masses of flowers and interesting plants. New 60 yard rose arbour by Ben Coode-Adams.

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  • Rail station: Kelvedon (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access