Help us improve our website and you could win an English Heritage membership Complete the survey to win! Dismiss

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.

Follow us on:

Places to visit in Essex

Enjoy a great family day out this season in Essex:

Our Favourites

Our selection of things to do in and around Essex:

Places to visit : Essex

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.

View on map
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.

View on map
Hill Hall
Hill Hall

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

View on map
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.

View on map
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.

View on map
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.

View on map
Find more properties in Essex

Events : Essex

Victorian Games Galore!
Venue: Audley End House, Essex
Date: Mon 28 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014

From skittles to quoits, croquet to chess, play like a Victorian as you step back in time this summer.

Summer Apple Pruning Workshop
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex, Essex
Date: Wed 30 Jul

Come to Audley End Organic Kitchen Garden and learn some of the methods and techniques we use to maintain our fantastic collection of over a hundred heritage varieties of apple trees.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 02 & Sun 03 Aug 2014

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

The Greatest 80s Party... Ever!
Venue: Audley End House & Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 2 August

Grab all your mates, dig out your leg warmers and make this a party to remember!

Last Night of the Audley End Proms
Venue: Audley End House & Gardens, Essex
Date: Sun 3 August

Traditional British evening including all of the 'Last Night of the Proms' favourites

Ugly Bug Safari
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Mon 04 - Fri 08 Aug 2014

Small game hunters wanted. Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts.

Find more events in Essex