Essex may well be famed for the glitz and glamour of some of its residents, as well as the region's diverse landscapes which include urban areas that are perfect for shopping, whilst also boasting rural regions for sightseeing and walks. But even more than all this Essex is also a hive of cultural hot spots and cultural venues. So here we've presented just a few options for the culture vulture tourist who's visiting Essex.
Braintree District Museum - Braintree
Braintree District Museum is based within the Manor Street School building, and is dedicated to celebrating Braintree and the surrounding areas. Most specifically this experience helps visitors learn about the industrial and cultural achievements of those within the region and within its four walls you'll find plenty of captivating exhibitions, all at a very affordable admission price for adults and free entrance for under 16s.
Colchester Castle Museum - Colchester
Colchester Castle Museum is the largest Norman Keep in Europe and in addition to this string to its historical bow it's also known for being a venue that brings history to life through features such as a Norman archway build, a mock Roman Doctor's grave excavation and the Chariot ride that takes visitors through Colchester's Roman Circus.
Dedham Art & Craft Centre - Dedham
The Dedham Art & Craft Centre features a wonderful array of shops, covering a range of products that span home and garden and that include Antiques, Books & Cards, Craft-making Materials, Ceramics & Glass, Clothes & Accessories, Furniture, Jewellery, Paintings & Drawings, Photography and Woodcraft.
East Anglian Railway Museum - Wakes Colne
East Anglian Railway Museum is nestled on the border of the breath-taking landscapes of Constable Country. Here you can explore original Victorian buildings, restored trains, carriages and signal boxes; there are plenty of family focused events that run throughout the year, as well as Railway Courses that put you in the driving seat of a train!
Gibberd Gallery - Harlow
Run by the Harlow Arts Trust, the Gibberd Gallery has a busy schedule of events and exhibitions, and is home to a range of watercolours donated by the likes of John Nash.
Tiptree Jam Museum & Tearoom - Tiptree
The Tiptree Jam Museum and Tearoom is open every day of the week, and offers a wonderfully traditional tea service as well as food that is prepared from the freshest of locally sourced ingredients. The museum traces the story of Wilkin & Sons, where you can immerse yourself within video, explore the Jam Shop and enjoy a cuppa in the Tea Rooms.
The Redoubt Fort - Harwich
The Redoubt Fort is an anti-Napoleonic circular fort which dates back to 1808 where the port of Harwich, Essex was defended from invaders. The admission price for adults is very reasonable, with all accompanied children able to enter for free.
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This is an area with so much to offer when it comes to galleries, museums and much, much more. Search our directory and start to fill your holiday calendar up with outings that immerse, educate and entertain.
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