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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
 
 
 

Audley End House and Gardens

 
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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
 
 
 

Alderford Watermill

 

Alderford Street, Sible Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3XH, Tel: 0774 090 1323

One of the most complete historic watermills in Essex with most of the original machinery. Restored working water wheel. Open weekends in spring and summer.

 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Holy Trinity Church, Halstead

 

Trinity Street, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1JH, Tel: 0207 8410414

A church built by Sir Gilbert Scott

 
 

Bridge Cottage at Flatford: Bridge Cottage

 
National Trust

Flatford, East Bergholt, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk, CO7 6UL, Tel: 01206 298260

A delightful 16th century cottage just minutes from Flatford Mill. Why not visit our Constable exhibition then sit by the river and enjoy a freshly baked cake at the National Trust tea room and find a gift in our shop.

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  • Rail station: Manningtree (1.5 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge/The View

 
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Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH, Tel: 020 7332 1911

Steeped in history and jewelled with green space, the Epping Forest area is a delight waiting to be explored.

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  • Rail station: Chingford (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum

 
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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
 
 
 

The Moot Hall

 

High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PF, Tel: 01621 856503

15th Century brick building with spiral staircase includes a Georgian court room and Victorian Council Chamber.

 
 
 

Conference Centre at Layer Marney Tower

 
Essex Tourism AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

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

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor Gatehouse set in beautiful rural Essex. It has unique meeting rooms with good modern facilities. We can cater for anything from small meetings to large promotions. All the food is made especially for you.

 
 
 

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
 
 
 

St Martin's Church, Colchester

 

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

Built of recycled Roman brick

 
 

Little Easton Manor

 

Little Easton Manor, Park Road, Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2JV, Tel: 01371 872857

Extensive gardens, topiary, lakes and fountains. The Barn Theatre and Turkey Barn are available to hire for conferences, civil ceremonies, wedding receptions, dinners, etc. Day ticket angling. Church adjacent.

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  • Rail station: Stansted (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

St Leonard-at-the-Hythe Church

 

Hythe Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2NP, Tel: 0207 8410414

Traces of the English Civil War

 
 

The Munnings Art Museum

 
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Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AZ, Tel: 01206 322127

Explore the life and work of renown British artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) in his former home and studio.

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  • Rail station: Manningtree (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Colchester Castle Museum

 
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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ, Tel: 01206 282939

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (0 mile)
  • Children welcome
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Myddelton House Gardens

 

Bulls Cross, Enfield, Hertfordshire, EN2 9HG, Tel: 08456 770600

Delve into the beautiful eight acres of Myddelton House Gardens and discover the compelling story of Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists.

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  • Rail station: Turkey Street (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

The Gardens at Beth Chatto Gardens

 
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Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB, Tel: 01206 822007

2.5 hectares (6 acres) of gravel, water and woodland gardens, a large modern tea room and plant nursery.

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  • Rail station: Colchester (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 

St Mary's Church, West Bergholt

 

Hall Road, West Bergholt, Colchester, Essex, CO6 3DU, Tel: 0207 8410414

A harmonious jumble of centuries past

 
 

Roundwood Garden & Visitor Centre

 

Bocking Church Street, Bocking, Essex, CM7 5LJ, Tel: 01376 551728

Delightful garden centre, tea rooms, pensioners lunches Mon-Wed. Unusual shrubs, wildlife area, wide range of seasonal bedding plants, country craft shop, excellent facilities for disabled. Children’s play area, aviary and arboretum.