Days Out in Essex

Audley End House and Gardens

From grand stately homes to forts built by Henry VIII, a day out in Essex is an adventure for all the family this season. Travel back to the 1880s at Audley End House and Gardens, or head over to Tilbury Fort and discover how London has been defended through the ages.

We have now switched to our summer opening hours, meaning that there is even more time for you to enjoy our properties and events on your visit. Please check opening times before you travel.

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Audley End House and Gardens
Audley End House and Gardens

One of England's finest country houses, Audley End is also a mansion with a difference. Enjoy a great day out.

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Hadleigh Castle
Hadleigh Castle

The romantic ruins of a royal castle overlooking the Essex marshes. Hadleigh was begun in about 1215 by Hubert de Burgh, but extensively refortified by Edward III during the Hundred Years War.

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Hill Hall
Hill Hall

This fine Elizabethan mansion features some of the earliest external Renaissance architectural detail in the country.

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Tilbury Fort
Tilbury Fort

Spend a great family day out at Tilbury Fort in Essex. Explore the magazine houses or the bastion magazine passages of this fort on the Thames estuary that has protected London’s seaward approach.

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Colchester, St Botolph's Priory
Colchester, St Botolph's Priory

The remains of one of the first Augustinian priories in England, founded in c.1100 and an impressive example of early Norman architecture.

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Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove
Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove

The banks and ditches of a series of late Iron Age defences protecting the western side of Camulodunum – pre-Roman Colchester.

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Events : Essex

May Day Festival
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 03 - Early May Bank Holiday Mon 05 May 2014

Roll up, roll up! Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Spring at this grand Victorian day out. Budding May Queens bring your posies and ribbons and dance the day away.

Gun Fire with the Garrison
Venue: Tilbury Fort, Essex
Date: Sun 4 - Mon 5 May 2014

Take cover as the 124th Regiment wheel out the cannons and turn the clocks back to World War II at Tilbury Fort.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 10 & Sun 11 May 2014

Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready to join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend.

Hans Eworth's Portrait of Margaret Audley
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex, Essex
Date: Thu 15 May

The painting of Margaret Audley by Hans Eworth has recently had pride of place in the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition of Queen Elizabeth I. Join Conservator Alice Tate-Harte to find out more.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 17 & Sun 18 May 2014

Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready to join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend.

Sonnets and Swords: Elizabeth at Audley
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sun 25 and Spring Bank Holiday Mon 26 May 2014

Prepare your bow and perfect your curtsey as you meet Queen Elizabeth I on her royal progress to Audley End. Join in the merry making with minstrels, music and military displays.

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