Essex is a region that is simply steeped in history with many places to visit of historical interest, so here's just a few historic buildings and landmarks that make for a must visit when holidaying in or near to Essex.
Audley End House & Gardens - Saffron Walden
Audley End House and Gardens, in Saffron Walden, is one of England's finest country houses, where you can explore opulent rooms and beautifully manicured gardens. What's more Audley End House and Gardens also makes for a day out that's perfect for children, as the living history exhibitions get them in on the action of living in days long since gone by.
Hedingham Castle - Castle Hedingham
Hedingham Castle is a beautiful example of Norman architecture. Dating back some 900 years today this castle, as well as its estate and gardens, are open to the public.
There's plenty of space for a family picnic, as well as a Cafe that serves up delicious cakes and coffee.
Hylands House - Chelmsford
Hylands House in Chelmsford is set within 574 acres of historical landscaped parkland.
The house can be explored through a guided tour and there's also a stables centre that runs arts and crafts workshops.
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker - Brentwood
The Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker makes for one of the most intriguing historical sites within Essex; here you'll be taken into the secret life of the bunker, where up to 600 military and civilian personally could have gathered should the event of nuclear war have taken place - truly a fascinating experience!
Layer Marney Tower - Layer Marney
Layer Marney Tower is a staggeringly beautiful Tudor palace that can date its roots all the way back to 1520. Today this venue offers much to be explored - from its gardens and parklands to the inner workings of its household. There's plenty of events that run throughout the year, such as the Essex Book Festival, Wedding Open Days and First Day of House Openings.
Mountfitchet Castle - Stansted Mountfitchet
For those who love to see history brought to life there may be few as perfect a day out as Mountfitchet Castle. Here you can wander around the Norman Village, explore the castle, get involved in the scenes of Norman life and even meet and handle the tame Fallow Deer that live within the castle grounds. This venue does however close for the winter period, opening up again come March. With so much to see it's recommended that you block out at least 2 hours to get around it all.
If you want to enjoy the Haunted Manor then there will be a surcharge for this, although this is often reported as an experience not to be missed!
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