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Things to Do for Free in Essex

A day trip to Essex needn't cost a fortune! Enjoy a priceless day out at these attractions with suggestions of top things to do for free in Essex.

A day trip to Essex needn't cost a fortune! Enjoy a priceless day out at these attractions with suggestions of top things to do for free in Essex.

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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

Beecroft Art Gallery

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Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6EX
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Phone: 01702 212511
Beecroft Art Gallery has a permanent collection of over 2000 works, ranging from 17th-century Dutch paintings to contemporary works. » More Info

Wellgate Community Farm

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Address: Collier Row Road, Romford, Greater London RM5 2BH
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Phone: 01708 747850
An initiative of people from the local community, Wellgate Community Farm came to life in 1982. Wellgate is a working farm on a miniature scale. Free Entry! » More Info

The Flitch Way

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Address: Great Notley, Braintree, Essex CM77 7FS
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Phone: 0333 013 2900
The Flitch Way is ideal for walking, cycling and even horse riding. Take in the picturesque Essex countryside while you follow a disused railway line, stretching for 15 miles between Braintree and Bishops Stortford. » More Info

Pets' Corner

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Address: Town Park, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QG
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Phone: 01279 422790
Opened in 1966, Pets' Corner is a small, friendly farm located in Harlow Town Park. » 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

Marsh Farm Country Park

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Address: Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5WP
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Phone: 01245 222350
Situated adjacent to the River Crouch, Marsh Farm Country Park offers 300 acres of picturesque walks with beautiful views over the landscape and river. » More Info

The Art Place

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Address: Meadows Shopping Centre, High Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6FD
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Phone: 07880 990443
The Art Place is offering a modern art gallery with art work for sale, a shop with a wide range of items: homemade, vegan, upcycled and/or local. As a creative place, we also offer a Maker Space for local artists plus creative workshops and classes. » 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

One Minet Skate Park

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Address: Peaslands Road, Rear of Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3EG
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Phone: 07967 444321
The One Minet Skate Park, built by Dreamland, opened in 2007 and is used by skateboarders, bladers, BMXers and scooter riders. » More Info

Focal Point Gallery

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Address: The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1NS
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Phone: 01702 534108
Focal Point Gallery is a free contemporary art gallery offering throughout the year, regular exhibitions from local and international artists, events, workshops, film screenings, tours, talks, a full learning programme and other community events. » 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

The Fry Art Gallery

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Address: Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1BD
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Phone: 01799 513779
Home to the North West Essex Collection of paintings, prints, books and ceramics by artists who have lived in and around Great Bardfield and Saffron Walden. » More Info

Firstsite

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Address: Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH
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Phone: 01206 713700
See the world differently - experience the very best art and culture from around the world that inspires, empowers and opens your mind. An international gallery and creative community space, Firstsite is open all year round, for free, for everyone. » 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

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

Hylands Adventure Castle

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Address: Greenbury Way (A414), Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8FS
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Phone: 01245 606606
The playground boasts four-meter-high castle battlements with portcullis and a cool drawbridge entrance with dedicated play areas for children above and below the age of six. » 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

Dedham Art & Craft Centre

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Address: Brook Street, Dedham, Essex CO7 6AD
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Phone: 01206 322666
Dedham Art & Craft Centre is situated in the heart of Constable Country on the Essex/Suffolk border. Housed in a converted church in this popular village, the Centre exudes historic charm and is the perfect place to visit, shop and eat. » 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

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

Bateman's Tower

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Address: Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0HH
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Built in 1883 by John Bateman, Bateman's Tower is a Grade II listed building which can be found at the entrance to Brightlingsea Creek at Westmarsh Point on the River Colne. » 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

Wat Tyler Country Park

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Address: Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH
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Phone: 01268 208090
125 acres of country walks, wildlife spotting, adventure play for kids, and some of the best business and event venues in Essex. Just off the A13 near Basildon, Essex and just 40 minutes by train from the heart of London. » 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

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

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

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

Finchingfield Post Mill

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Address: Duck End, Finchingfield, Essex CM7 4NA
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Phone: 0345 603 7624
Finchingfield Post Mill was constructed in approximately 1756, making it the oldest windmill in Essex. The Grade II listed windmill stands majestically overlooking the beautiful village of Finchingfield. » More Info

River Lee Country Park

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Address: 231 Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN8 9AJ
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Stretching between Waltham Abbey, Essex and Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, River Lee Country Park offers a large range of activities for all. » More Info

Admirals Park and Tower Gardens

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Address: Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 2PN
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Located near Chelmsford city centre, Admirals Park and Tower Gardens offers something for all ages. » More Info

The Essex Fire Museum

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Address: Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex RM17 5QS
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Phone: 01376 576847
The Essex Fire Museum gives visitors the opportunity to take a fascinating look at the history of the Fire Service here in Essex. » More Info

Castle Park

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Address: High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1UG
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Phone: 01206 282962
Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. Providing a green oasis in the town centre, you can sit, walk, enjoy music, play games, or picnic amongst wonderful flowers and trees. » More Info