74 attractions you should visit in Essex - With photos & details

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Top 74 attractions to explore in Essex

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.

Abberton ReservoirAbberton Reservoir, Colchester, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Abberton Reservoir is a wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. It is a pumped-storage reservoir, with water pumped into it from the River Stour. It lies 6 km southwest of Colchester near the village of Layer de la Haye. It lies close to east-coast migration routes and, with its surrounding envelope of pasture and tree plantations, is a welcome sight to tired birds.

Barleylands Farm ParkBarleylands Farm Office, Barleylands Rd, Billericay CM11 2UD, UK
Parks

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.

Outdoors- Other

Blackwater Estuary is the largest estuary in Essex and a great place to get a real sense of coastal wilderness. The reserve also supports a number of nationally-important plant and invertebrate species, including 24 species of butterfly, along with dragon and damselflies, most notably the rare emerald damselfly

Bridge End Garden17-22 Castle St, Saffron Walden CB10 1BE, UK
Botanical Gardens

Bridge End Gardens is a group of linked ornamental gardens in Saffron Walden, Essex, England, which was created around 1840 by Francis Gibson, a local Quaker businessman. Today, traditional gardening techniques have been employed to restore the gardens to their glorious original state. There are many benches spread throughout the Garden and it is the perfect place for a summer picnic or to provide a quiet escape from modern life.

Brightlingsea BeachBrightlingsea Beach, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH, UK
Beaches

A beautiful Blue Flag Award beach located near Brightlingsea in Essex. Formerly an important fishing and shipbuilding area, Brightlingsea is now a haven for yachting. A popular resort with plenty of amenities. A range of sports and leisure activities are available along the promenade and sailing barges offer pleasure trips to visitors.

Central ParkChelmsford CM2 0RW, UK
Parks

Central Park is one of the oldest public parks in Chelmsford.  It also includes Central Park Memorial Gardens, Frank Whitmore Place, Bell Meadow and Sky Blue Pasture with over 35.6 acres of parkland together with a Nature Reserve.  Here you can enjoy beautiful flowerbeds, riverside walks and cycle paths, a model railway, children’s play areas, a lake, a skateboard ramp, tennis courts, a multi-use games area, and table tennis.

Chelmer and Blackwater NavigationChelmer and Blackwater Navigation, Maldon CM9, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation is the canalization of the Rivers Chelmer and Blackwater in Essex. It runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex with a footpath along its full length.  The waterway passes highlights such as the lock at Paper Mill and All Saints Church in Ulting, joining the sea at Heybridge.

Chelmsford CathedralNew St, Chelmsford CM1 1TY, UK
Churches

Chelmsford Cathedral is one of the youngest cathedrals in England and stands at the heart of the newest city.   It became a cathedral when the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford was created in 1914 and is the seat of the Bishop of Chelmsford.  One of the famous pilgrimage centers in this area and also a tourist attraction too.

Chelmsford MuseumOaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ, UK
Museums

Chelmsford Museum is a majestic museum which will take you through Chelmsford's history, from the Ice Age, right through to the present day. From the chance to see a mammoth, or watch a princely Anglo-Saxon buriel, to finding out what used to be on your street, the museum has something for everyone.

Clacton PierNo.1 North Sea, Essex, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QX, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Clacton Pier is a pier located in the seaside resort town of Clacton-on-Sea in England. It was named Pier of the Year in 2020 by the National Piers Society. The pier hosts rides, ten-pin bowling, arcades, a seqaurium, golf and a soft-play centre – as well as numerous food, drink and retail outlets.

Colchester Arts CentreChurch St, Colchester CO1 1NF, UK
Art Centres

The Colchester Arts Centre is a located in a venue as unique as the artists that perform there. Events range from jazz music, comedy shows, beer festivals, farmer's markets and folk clubs. Big acts play alongside quirky local events, and you are sure to find plenty of upcoming events in the Arts Centre at every time of year. One of the unique attraction to enjoy your day and also to rejuvinate your mind.

Colchester CastleColchester CO1 1TJ, UK
Iconic Buildings

Colchester Castle is one of England's most important heritage sites and is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. The keep of the castle is mostly intact and is the largest example of its kind anywhere in Europe, due to its being built on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, Colchester. The museum now houses a wonderful museum containing a wealth of history.  There is plenty for visitors young and old including interactive exhibits.

Colchester Castle ParkHigh St, Colchester CO1 1UG, UK
Parks

Colchester Castle Park is situated to the northeast of Colchester Town Centre and is divided into the Upper Park and Lower Park by the Roman Wall that crosses through it east to west. The park not only encompasses much of Colchester's rich heritage within its boundaries but is much loved and used as a part of present-day life. the park includes historical sites including the Roman Wall, Victorian Bandstand, and the Castle itself. Hollytrees Museum sits within its grounds and tells a social histo

Colchester ZooMaldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL, UK
Zoos

Colchester Zoo is a majestic zoological garden that was home to 200 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes.  It is home to many rare and endangered species, including big cats, primates, and birds as well as many invertebrates and fish species. One of the iconic attraction which was wort visit in this area.

Colne Valley RailwayHalstead CO9 4HS, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

The Colne Valley Railway is a heritage railway on the Essex Suffolk boarder in Castle Hedingham. We have a mile length of track with the picturesque 1950s station in the middle. The railway occupies part of the former Colne Valley and Halstead Railway (CVHR), which opened in stages between 16 April 1860 and 10 May 1863. This part of the railway was a through line from Birdbrook to Wakes Colne.

Combined Military Services MuseumStation Rd, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 4LQ, UK
Museums

The Combined Military Services Museum holds a nationally important collection of military artefacts. The Museum tells the story of the British fighting force from the English Civil War to the present day with unashamed pride. Spread over three floors the Museum offers the visitor the opportunity to discover our military history in their own time. The collection includes medals, uniforms, firearms, swords and one of the finest displays of Special Forces equipment anywhere in the country.

Copped HallCopped Hall, Epping CM16 5HS, UK
Iconic Buildings
Botanical Gardens

Copped Hall is a fine Georgian mansion that is currently under restoration. It is superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland.

Cressing Temple BarnsWitham Rd, Cressing, Braintree CM77 8PD, UK
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Cressing Temple Barns is a site rich in ancient history. Built in the 13th century, the magnificent Grade I listed Barley and Wheat Barns were part of large farmstead built by the Knights Templar. It was amongst the very earliest and largest of the possessions of the Knights Templar in England,[2][3] and is currently open to the public as a visitor site.

Cudmore Grove Country ParkBroman's Ln, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8UE, UK
Outdoors- Other
Parks

Cudmore Grove Country Park is a beautiful nature reserve on Mersea Island which covers over 102 acres. Nestled on the coast where the Colne Estuary meets the Blackwater Estuary, you'll find impressive views across the park and estuaries, sandy beaches and salt marsh, rolling grasslands and meadows buzzing with wildlife.

Danbury Country Park6 Maldon Road, Danbury, Chelmsford CM3 4QG, UK
Outdoors- Other

Danbury Country Park is a Green Flag award-winning and grade II listed park and garden set in the remains of the 13th century Danbury Palace. It offers ornamental gardens and lakes, woodland and meadows. Surviving historic structures include an ice house where before refrigerators, ice was collected from the lakes in winter and stored for the palace kitchens. One of the nice trekking destination and also you can spend some beautiful time here.

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