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Hadleigh Castle - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Castle Ln, Hadleigh, Benfleet SS7 2AP, UK

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About Hadleigh Castle

Hadleigh Castle was built about 1215 by Hubert de Burgh but extensively refortified by Edward III during the Hundred Years War, becoming a favourite residence of the ageing king. The castle stands on a bluff overlooking the Leigh Marshes and Thames estuary with a single, large 50ft tower with a 2nd tower and curtain walls about up to their full height. The remains are now preserved by English Heritage and protected under UK law as a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument.

Attractions Near Hadleigh Castle

Hadleigh Park
Hadleigh Park1.02km from Hadleigh Castle

Hadleigh Country Park in the South of Essex provides the perfect landscape for activities such as walking, cycling and even water sports in the summer months. With magnificent views, historical aspects, and one of the UK’s top mountain biking courses, Hadleigh is the ideal place to blow away the cobwebs. A good trekking destination that will rejuvenate your mind and body.

Essex Way
Essex Way2.67km from Hadleigh Castle

The Essex Way is a long-distance footpath stretching for 82 miles right across Essex. It starts in Epping and finishes at the port of Harwich. It leads through ancient woodlands, farmland, river valleys, and green lanes and visits a number of historic towns and villages along the way. One of the beautiful locations where you can spend a nice time with your loved ones.

Wat Tyler Country Park
Wat Tyler Country Park7.21km from Hadleigh Castle

Wat Tyler Country Park is a country park located to the south of Pitsea, Essex, which was inhabited from the Bronze Age onwards and at one time was the location of the Pitsea Explosives Factory. It offers around 125 acres of country walks, wildlife spotting, adventure play for kids and some of the best business and event venues in Essex.

Marsh Farm Country Park
Marsh Farm Country Park9.99km from Hadleigh Castle

Marsh Farm Country Park is a great place for walks and superb river views. Its 300 acres of grazing marsh together with over 10 miles of footpaths is ideal for walking, running, cycling and dog-walking, and it is a great site for wildlife-spotting opportunities. An exciting array of activities and experiences await visitors including tractor and trailer rides, a bouncy castle, ride on tractors, craft activities, and a magic show.

Barleylands Farm Park
Barleylands Farm Park12.94km from Hadleigh Castle

Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay is Essex's real family farm park experience. With adorable farm animals, kids play areas and fun farmyard activites. Barleylands has a range of farm animals, reptiles, birds of prey, craft workshops and restaurants. They are well known for their animal care, popular children's birthday parties and events such as Lambing Live, Easter and Toddler Fireworks.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall
RHS Garden Hyde Hall13.95km from Hadleigh Castle

RHS Garden Hyde Hall is a public display garden run by the Royal Horticultural Society in the English county of Essex. It is one of five public gardens run by the Society, alongside Wisley in Surrey, Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, Rosemoor in Devon, and Bridgewater in Greater Manchester. The 360-acre Hyde Hall site encompasses a range of garden styles, from the Dry Garden with drought-resistant plants to the Hilltop Garden with roses and herbaceous borders.

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Essex County boasts stunning water views. Essex is home to an ever-expanding network of trails and paths connecting parks teeming with wildlife and recreational opportunities. It was also blessed with wineries, distilleries, and dozens of historic tourist attractions.