Places to visit in Essex

Historical Attractions

Royal Gunpowder Mills Royal Gunpowder Mills.
Explore the explosive history of the Royal Gunpowder Mills.

St Peter's Chapel St Peter's Chapel.
Chapel built in 654 by St Cedd from Roman bricks. Situated under the large skies and beautiful expanse of the Essex Marshes.

Hedingham Castle Hedingham Castle.
Norman keep built c.1140. With a magnificent Banqueting Hall and beautiful grounds.

Easton Lodge Gardens Easton Lodge Gardens.
A beautiful, romantic and magical 23-acre garden.

Colchester Castle and Musuem.
Step into 2000 years of history.

Mistley Towers Mistley Towers.
Two imposing towers which are the remains of a Robert Adams' church.

Hadleigh Castle Hadleigh Castle.
Ruined castle with fine views of the Thames estuary.

Tilbury Fort Tilbury Fort.
Vast artillery fort protecting the River Thames approach to London.

Audley End Audley End.
Grand house once owned by Charles II.

Prior's Hall Barn Prior's Hall Barn.
Impressive medieval barn.

Grange Barn Grange Barn.
13th-century monastic barn.

Cressing Temple Cressing Temple.
Historic site including two fine Templar barns.

Paycocke's House Paycocke's House.
c.1500 merchant's house.

St. Botolph's Priory St. Botolph's Priory.
Remains of Augustinian priory.

Marks Hall Marks Hall.
Gardens and Arboretum.

Bourne Mill Bourne Mill.
Picturesque water mill owned by the National Trust.

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