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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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Holy Trinity Church, Halstead

 

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

A church built by Sir Gilbert Scott

 
 

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
  • 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.

 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

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)
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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)
 
 
 

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

 
 

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
 
 
 

The Moot Hall

 

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

This 15th Century former manorial home houses a unique brick spiral staircase, a Georgian court room, a former prison and a Victorian Council Chamber.

 
 
 

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.