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Essex is a tourism hotspot, so when planning your day out, be sure to check out some of these must-see Essex tourist attractions.

Essex is a tourism hotspot, so when planning your day out, be sure to check out some of these must-see Essex tourist attractions.

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Thames Sailing Barge Trust

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Address: The Hythe, Maldon, Essex CM9 5HN
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Phone: 07840 862685
The Thames Sailing Barge Trust operate sailing trips and charters between May and September from our base at The Hythe in Maldon. » More Info

Bourne Mill

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Address: Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 8RT
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Phone: 01206 549799
A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness. Built for banquets and converted into a mill in the 19th century. » More Info

Tiptree Jam Museum & Tea Room

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Address: Factory Hill, Tiptree, Essex CO5 0RF
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Phone: 01621 815407
The Tiptree Jam Museum holds the John Wilkin Collection. It is a great place to trace the history of Wilkin & Sons and Tiptree preserves, find out more about village life in Essex, and of course to find out all about jam-making. » More Info

Brightlingsea Museum

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Address: Dove House, Station Road, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0DT
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Phone: 01206 307121
Brightlingsea is a small town with a big history! This friendly, free museum is packed with fascinating facts and fun have-a-go activities. Drop in for half an hour or half a day, there is plenty to explore and excite you, whatever your interests. » More Info

Audley End Miniature Railway

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Address: Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JB
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Phone: 01799 510726
Take one of our Steam or Diesel Engines through the beautiful Audley End Estate Woodland, designed by Capability Brown. » More Info

Audley End House and Gardens

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Address: Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF
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Phone: 01799 522842
As one of the greatest sights of East Anglia, with a spectacular stately home and outstanding, spacious grounds, Audley End House and Gardens has got something for all of the family. » More Info

Mangapps Railway Museum

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Address: Southminster Road, Burnham on Crouch, Essex CM0 8QG
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Phone: 01621 784898
Mangapps Railway Museum is a privately owned working railway and museum established on a farm at Burnham on Crouch, Essex. » More Info

Tymperleys

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Address: Trinity Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JN
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Phone: 01206 765034
Tymperleys is an oasis of calm in the heart of Colchester. Try the delicious food made by our chef fresh for you. » More Info

Great Notley Country Park

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Address: Great Notley, Braintree, Essex CM77 7FS
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Phone: 0333 013 2900
Home to Essex's longest play trail and Sky Ropes, Great Notley Country Park offers the perfect family day out. » More Info

Mountfitchet Castle

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Address: Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet, Stansted, Essex CM24 8LY
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Phone: 01279 813237
Mountfitchet Castle is a multi-attraction incorporating Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, House on the Hill Museum and Dinosaur Encounters including our New Animatronic Dinosaurs that arrived May 2024! » More Info

Bridge End Garden

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Address: Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1BE
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Phone: 01799 524002
Bridge End Garden is a restored Victorian Grade II* listed garden located on the north side of Saffron Walden and open to the public year round, with the exception of Christmas Day. » More Info

Blackwater Alpacas & Pygmy Goats

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Address: Braintree
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Phone: 07813 290708
Blackwater Alpacas & Pygmy Goats - for Alpaca Walking Experiences, Pygmy Goat Pilates and Yoga and Private Farm Tours. » More Info

Chelmsford Cathedral

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Address: Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1EH
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Phone: 01245 294492
Chelmsford Cathedral is home to a thriving worshipping community of all ages, and a centre of worship for people and communities across Essex and east London. » More Info

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

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Address: Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
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Phone: 01245 402019
From its iconic Dry Garden to exciting new features, our Essex garden goes from strength to strength. » More Info

East Anglian Railway Museum

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Address: Chappel Station, Station Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex CO6 2DS
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Phone: 01206 242524
For over 50 years the East Anglian Railway Museum has been transporting visitors of all ages back in time to discover the unique history of the region’s railways. The site covers over 10 acres. » More Info

Colne Valley Railway

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Address: Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
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Phone: 01787 461174
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, almost a mile long, with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. » More Info

Central Museum

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Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6EW
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Phone: 01702 212345
Southend Museum was built in 1905-6 at a cost of £9,374 and originally housed Southend Library. » More Info

Weald Country Park

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Address: Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
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Phone: 01277 261343
Famous for its deer park and Stick Man trail, Weald Country Park boasts spectacular views and space, covering over 520 acres of woodland, wildflower meadows and open grassland. » More Info

Braxted Park Estate

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Address: The Avenue, Great Braxted, Witham, Essex CM8 3EN
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Phone: 01621 892305
Originally from the estates of the Countess of Pembroke, Braxted Park is the largest walled private estate in the county. This beautiful estate can be enjoyed through corporate events, weddings, a cookery school, a golf club, and hospitality. » More Info

Poplar Miniature Railway

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Address: Poplar Nurseries, Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
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Phone: 01206 210374
Poplar Miniature Railway runs steam hauled miniature train rides through the landscaped gardens of Poplar Nurseries at Marks Tey near Colchester. » More Info

Clacton Pavilion

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Address: Marine Parade West, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1QX
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Phone: 01255 224993
Looking for things to do in Essex with your family or friends? Come to Clacton Pavilion and let us entertain you long into the evening with a huge variety of affordable activities and fun. » More Info

Hadleigh Country Park

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Address: Chapel Lane, Benfleet, Essex SS7 2PP
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Phone: 01702 551072
Not only one of the UK's top mountain biking courses, Hadleigh Country Park offers something for everyone – idyllic countryside, magnificent views, a café and important historical sites. » More Info

Grange Barn

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Address: Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex CO6 1RE
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Phone: 01376 562226
One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior and is linked to a local Cistercian abbey. » More Info

Chelmsford City Racecourse

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Address: Moulsham Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 1QP
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Phone: 01245 360300
Chelmsford City Racecourse is the UK’s newest racecourse and the home of horse racing in Essex, but it’s so much more than that. » More Info

Cudmore Grove Country Park

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Address: Broman's Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex CO5 8UE
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Phone: 01206 383868
A nature reserve of over 102 acres of unique coastal landscapes and habitat and heritage overlooking the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries. » More Info

Marsh Farm

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Address: Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5WP
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Phone: 01245 321552
Meet the animals, feed the birds in our walk through aviary, cuddle the pets, groom a pony, sample some of our delicious freshly prepared food, play in our extensive indoor and outdoor play areas, jump on our bouncy pillows or catch an amazing show. » More Info

Nuclear High Ropes

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Address: Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex CM15 0LA
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Mobile: 07375 221496
Explore Essex's biggest outdoor high ropes course with 6 different courses, three different challenge levels, over 70 aerial obstacles, ziplines & 50' big drop surrounded by woodland, there's climbing challenges for everyone of all ages. » More Info

Layer Marney Tower

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Address: Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex CO5 9US
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Phone: 01206 330784
England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond. » More Info

Cressing Temple Barns

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Address: Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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Phone: 03330 132738
Experience a unique piece of history at the 13th century, Knights Templar Barns, complete with Tudor walled garden and Tiptree tea rooms. » More Info

Museum of Power

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Address: Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
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Phone: 01621 843183
The Museum, a unique and fascinating experience for all the family, is located at Langford, near Maldon, Essex and is easily accessible from the A12. » More Info

Belhus Woods Country Park

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Address: Romford Road, Aveley, South Ockendon, Essex RM15 4XJ
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Phone: 01708 865628
Over 300 acres in South Essex, Belhus Woods Country Park combines ancient woodland, kid's play area, meadows and lakes with a visitor centre and café. » More Info

Royal Gunpowder Mills

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Address: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
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Phone: 01992 707370
Individual - Groups - School Visits - Discover 300 years of explosive history. Experience an in-depth Tractor Trailer Guided Tour of our 170 acre site. Exhibitions / Film, 300 years of intrigue and history are ready for the adventurous and curious. » More Info

Butlers Farm Alpacas

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Address: Bassett's Lane, Willingale, Essex CM5 0QL
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Phone: 01277 896565 Mobile: 07990 553474
Located in the heart of the Essex countryside, visitors are welcome to visit our farm and meet our alpacas - we are always happy to give advice about the joys and practicalities of keeping alpacas, and explain their many uses! » More Info

The Companye of Merrie Folke

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Address: Billericay
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Phone: 01473 311809 Mobile: 07971 402757
To educate, inform and entertain. A dedicated group of Tudor Living History re-enactors. » More Info

Barleylands

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Address: Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
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Phone: 01268 532253
Barleylands in Billericay, Essex is home to a range of farm animals, reptiles, birds of prey, craft studios, services and restaurants. » More Info

Danbury Country Park

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Address: Woodhill Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 4AW
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Phone: 01245 222350
Featuring 45 acres of grade II listed park and gardens with lakes, ancient woodland, wildflower meadow and historic features. Ideal for walking, families and picnics with friends. » More Info

Prittlewell Priory

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Address: Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6NB
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Phone: 01702 212190
Prittlewell Priory was founded by the Cluniac Order in the early 12th century as a cell to the Priory of St Pancras at Lewes, Sussex. » More Info

Beth Chatto Gardens

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Address: Clacton Road, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex CO7 7DB
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Phone: 01206 822007
World renowned gardens and extensive plant nursery created by award-winning plantswoman Beth Chatto OBE, near Colchester in Essex. » More Info

Adventure Island

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Address: Sunken Garden, Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE
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Phone: 01702 443400
At Adventure Island, it’s your day, your way! We grant everyone free entry to our park. Yes, free entry, no catches! » More Info

Thorndon Country Park

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Address: Warley, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3RZ
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Phone: 01277 211250
Colourful woodlands, birdlife, open parkland, fishing and the Gruffalo Trail make Thorndon Country Park the perfect destination for nature lovers, dog walkers and families alike. » More Info

Naze Tower

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Address: The Naze Old Hall Lane, Walton on the Naze, Essex CO14 8LE
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Phone: 01255 852519
The Naze Tower is an historic 86ft landmark and unique visitor attraction situated on an attractive stretch of coastline at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. » More Info

Southchurch Hall and Gardens

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Address: Park Lane, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2TE
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Phone: 01702 467671
Southchurch Hall is Grade I Listed Medieval moated house located in the Southchurch district of Southend on Sea. » More Info

Walton Pier

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Address: Walton Pier, Walton on the Naze, Essex CO14 8ES
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Phone: 01255 672288
Walton Pier's 5-acre amusement complex provides hours of fun with well-lit, computerised Bowling Lanes, an Arcade with classic favourites and today’s latest tech games, a wide choice of Indoor Funfair Rides and all the fun of the fair! » More Info

Southend Pier & Railway

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Address: Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1EE
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Phone: 01702 212534
Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world, extending more than a mile into the Thames Estuary. It is a very popular attraction and major landmark in Southend on Sea. » More Info

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

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Address: Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9BZ
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Phone: 01277 201110
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary sits on 53 acres of beautiful countryside in the heart of Brentwood, Essex. » More Info

Promenade Park

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Address: Park Drive, Maldon, Essex CM9 5JQ
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Phone: 01621 854477
Located on the sloping bank of the river Blackwater, Maldon's Promenade Park has been a popular leisure location for over a hundred years. » More Info

Green Island Gardens

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Address: Park Road, Ardleigh, Essex CO7 7SP
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Phone: 01206 230455
Green Island Gardens is 20 acres of private gardens, open for the public to visit in Ardleigh near Colchester, Essex. Nursery, tearoom, local markets and fayre, weddings and special events. » More Info