Days Out in Essex

Audley End House amongst autumn trees

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 winter opening hours, meaning that while many properties are open at weekends and are running events for all, there may be restricted access during the week. Please check opening times before travelling.

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Places to visit in Essex

Enjoy a great family day out this season in Essex:

  • Explore iife above and below stairs at Audley End House and Gardens.
  • Stand where Elizabeth I rallied her troops against the Spanish Armada at Tilbury Fort.
  • Get hands-on with history and meet characters from the past at our events.

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Our selection of things to do in and around Essex:

Places to visit : Essex

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

Resisting the Invader: Audley End 1940
Venue: Audley End House, Essex, Essex
Date: Fri 27 Mar

Join Mark Selwood for a tour of the grounds and discover the hidden remnants of Audley's dramatic past.

Easter Adventure Quest
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Fri 03 - Mon 06 Apr 2015

It's time to get clue-cracking and seek out your chocolate reward.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 02 & Sun 03 May 2015

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

Grand Victorian Travelling Show
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sun 03 & Mon 04 May 2015

Roll up, roll up! Join us at this grand Victorian day out.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 09 & Sun 10 May 2015

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

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 16 & Sun 17 May 2015

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

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