A county of contrasts, Essex is steeped in history with an abundance of unique architectural, historic and natural treasures - offering everything that is great about the coast, the countryside and market towns in close proximity. 

Audley End House

Audley End House, is a stunning stately home that was once a royal palace.

Beth Chatto Gardens

The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960

Colchester + Ipswich Museums

There is so much to see and do at Colchester + Ipswich Museums that you will be spoilt for choice.

Colchester Castle & Museum

Housed in the largest Norman keep in Europe with excellent displays which reflect the town's importance as the capital of Roman Britain.

Colchester Zoo

One of Europe's finest zoos with over 260 rare species, many part of breeding programmes.

East Anglian Railway Museum

A living heritage site based at Chappel railway station where kids, big and small, can enjoy a steam train ride from days gone by.


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Tiptree Museum

A lifetime ago, J.S. Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life.


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