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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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Places to visit in Essex

Enjoy a great family day out this season in Essex:

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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.

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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

Awesome Archaeology
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Mon 18 - Fri 22 Aug 2014

Get your hands dirty as you become a daring archaeologist on our mini dig for the day.

WWII: Soldiers and Spies
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sun 24 & Summer Bank Holiday Mon 25 Aug 2014

Get ready to take cover as this explosive action packed Bank Holiday weekend propels you into wartime Britain.

Soldiers' School
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Tue 26 - Fri 29 Aug 2014

Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Audley End.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug 2014

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

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 06 & Sun 07 Sep 2014

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

Capturing History Photography Workshop
Venue: Audeley End House, Essex, Essex
Date: Tue 9 Sep

A great day of photography at the stunning Audley End House and Gardens, including workshops designed to improve your skills using heritage sites as a subject matter.

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