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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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Mountfitchet Castle

 

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP, Tel: 01279 813237

Mountfitchet Castle Experience is a multi attraction incorporating Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, House on the Hill Toy Museum and Dinosaur Encounters.

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  • Rail station: StanstedMountfitchet (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

St Leonard-at-the-Hythe Church

 

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

Traces of the English Civil War

 
 

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.

 
 
 

St Martin's Church, Colchester

 

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

Built of recycled Roman brick

 
 

Colchester Castle Museum

 
VistEngland VAQAS

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)
 
 
 

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge/The View

 
VistEngland VAQAS

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
 
 
 

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
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Hylands House and Estate

 
VistEngland VAQASGreen Flag AwardSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ, Tel: 01245 605500

A beautiful Grade II* listed neo-classical villa set in over 500 acres of Repton landscaped parkland and gardens. Diary of special events available. Pre-booked guided tours of house and garden available.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (10 miles)
  • 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.

 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Spencers Garden

 

Great Yeldham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 4JG, Tel: 01787 238175

Spencers is a traditional English country estate built by Lady Anne Spencer, granddaughter of the first Duke of Marlborough, in the mid 18th century.

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