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

Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at Audley End House and Gardens.

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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

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 20 & Sun 21 Sep 2014

Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as Audley End is brought to life this weekend.

Apple Festival
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 27 & Sun 28 Sep 2014

Celebrate all things apple at Audley End. From bobbing and weaving to trapping and tasting, apples have never been so appetising!

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

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

Great British Pony Parade
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sunday 12 October

Join resident pony Robbie and his friends for a gallopingly-good day out at Audley End!

Gothic Falconry
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 25 & Sun 26 Oct

Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and fearsome falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds.

Frightening Fairytales and Spooky Stories
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Mon 27 - Fri 31 Oct 2014

Fearless souls required for a thrilling family adventure. Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with the dark side of childrens' tales.

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