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

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.

A Victorian Séance – Tricks of the Trade
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Fri 31 Oct - Sat 1 Nov

Enter the spooky spirit world at Audley this Halloween (Over 16s only)

A Victorian Christmas
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Sat 29 & Sun 30 Nov 2014

Help celebrate the festive season the Victorian way at Audley End. Step back in time to the 1800s and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Christmas.

Wreath Making
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Tue 02 Dec 2014

Get into the festive spirit at our Christmas wreath making workshop at Audley.

Wreath Making
Venue: Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
Date: Wed 03 Dec 2014

Get into the festive spirit at our Christmas wreath making workshop at Audley.

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