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Ranked #1 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Tours; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #2 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Military Museums; Museums
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Colchester Zoo (Colchester)
Ranked #3 of 234 attractions in Essex
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres... more » Owner description: Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo there's plenty of play areas to try out including the brand new indoor soft play area Jungle Tumble with a section for under 3s and all new play equipment where the kids can release their wild side! New enclosures for 2014 include 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya and 'Australian Rainbows', a new tropical walkthrough which houses a large group of lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. You can also come face to face with Komodo Dragons, see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together at Kingdom of the Wild and walk underwater through the 24m tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sealion pool. Learn more about the animals and see them up close by watching one of the 50 daily displays. You even get the fantastic opportunity to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train! Don't forget to pop into the discovery centre and have a go at handling some unusual bugs or get your face painted and transform yourself into your favourite animal! « less
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West Cliff Theatre (Clacton-on-Sea)
Ranked #4 of 234 attractions in Essex
Owner description: Established on the current Clacton site in 1899, and run independently by the West Cliff Trust, the West Cliff is the only... more » Owner description: Established on the current Clacton site in 1899, and run independently by the West Cliff Trust, the West Cliff is the only surviving purpose-built theatre in Clacton, and plays host to professional touring shows and many local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, dance schools, and other youth groups. Its compact auditorium with just under 600 seats, a unique atmosphere and knowledgeable and friendly staff make it Clacton's theatre of choice for artistes and audiences alike. The Stage Door Bar is open both prior to and during the interval for each show, and provides pre-booked meals for selected shows. The lounge may be hired for private functions with or without bar and catering services. « less
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Ranked #5 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission (under 14's Free). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and... more » Owner description: Open 7 days a week 7.5 Acres of inspirational Gardens £6.95 admission (under 14's Free). Gravel Garden, extensive Nursery and Tea Room all free to gain access. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, using the principles of ecological planting, it has been transformed into 7 acres of informal garden comprising of the Gravel Garden, Water Garden, Woodland Garden and Scree Garden all harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best. There is also an extensive Nursery with choice of over 2,000 different kinds of mainly herbaceous plants and bulbs. Light and spacious Tearoom with homemade cakes, light lunches, breakfasts, fresh ground coffee and selection of teas. Closed Christmas and New Year « less
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Ranked #6 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Art Galleries; Cultural
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Mercury Theatre (Colchester)
Ranked #7 of 234 attractions in Essex
Owner description: Free the fun in you! The Mercury exists to put theatre at the heart of the cultural life of the community it serves and to... more » Owner description: Free the fun in you! The Mercury exists to put theatre at the heart of the cultural life of the community it serves and to make work in Colchester that reaches audiences and generates critical attention regionally and nationally. « less
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Old Leigh (Leigh-on Sea)
Ranked #8 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
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Castle Park (Colchester)
Ranked #9 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. A site of national importance, this Victorian... more » Owner description: Colchester's distinctive heritage is nowhere more apparent than in Castle Park. A site of national importance, this Victorian Park contains evidence of 2000 years of history and is a landscape moulded by the people of Colchester over many eras.Castle Park not only encompasses much of Colchester's rich heritage within its boundaries but is much loved and used as a part of present day life. It boasts over 1 million visitors a year. Providing a green oasis in the town centre, you can sit, walk, enjoy music, play games, or picnic amongst wonderful flowers and trees. Its horticulture is award-winning and the park has long been a superb venue for the town's big events.The park itself is designated Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. « less
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Promenade Park (Maldon)
Ranked #10 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Frinton on Sea Beach (Frinton-On-Sea)
Ranked #11 of 234 attractions in Essex
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Ranked #12 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Art Galleries; Cultural
Owner description: A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. Gifted to the town by... more » Owner description: A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester. Gifted to the town by the Victor Batte-Lay Trust, and occupied by Colchester School of Art. The Minories provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings. The building has gallery spaces and a popular café surrounded by a walled garden. The Minories is next door to firstsite, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter. « less
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Ranked #13 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Pets Corner (Harlow)
Ranked #14 of 234 attractions in Essex
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Ingatestone Hall (Ingatestone)
Ranked #15 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house, still owned and occupied by the Petre family who built it. It is open to the... more » Owner description: Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house, still owned and occupied by the Petre family who built it. It is open to the public for visits during the summer (Wednesday and Sunday afternoons) and is availiable for private hire (eg weddings and dinners) at other times. « less
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Tropical Wings Zoo (Chelmsford)
Ranked #16 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #17 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #18 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #19 of 234 attractions in Essex
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Epping Ongar Railway (Chipping Ongar)
Ranked #20 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Scenic Railroads; Landmarks
Owner description: The Epping Ongar Railway is a volunteer run heritage railway which operates steam and diesel hauled trains through 5.5 miles... more » Owner description: The Epping Ongar Railway is a volunteer run heritage railway which operates steam and diesel hauled trains through 5.5 miles of picturesque rolling countryside and through Epping Forest, along the former London Underground Central Line. We run a variety of special events through the year, including Peppa Pig, 1940's, Halloween Ghost Trains, Santa and Mince Pie Specials. Please check our website for opening times and fares information. over 6 miles of the former London Underground Central Line. « less
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RHS Garden Hyde Hall (Chelmsford)
Ranked #21 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: An Essex hilltop garden with sweeping panoramas, big open skies, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds and drought tolerant... more » Owner description: An Essex hilltop garden with sweeping panoramas, big open skies, herbaceous borders, roses, ponds and drought tolerant planting. A fabulous day out whatever the season. Facilities include a restaurant, cafe, gift & bookshop, plant centre, children's play area and free parking. « less
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Ranked #22 of 234 attractions in Essex
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Essex Police Museum (Chelmsford)
Ranked #23 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Rainham Marshes (Purfleet)
Ranked #24 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Walton On The Naze beach (Walton-on-the-Naze)
Ranked #25 of 234 attractions in Essex
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Ranked #26 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #27 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Weald Country Park (Brentwood)
Ranked #28 of 234 attractions in Essex
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Royal Gunpowder Mills (Waltham Abbey)
Ranked #29 of 234 attractions in Essex
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Uncover 300 years of hidden truth about this top secret facility through a film and interactive displays. Find out how... more » Owner description: Uncover 300 years of hidden truth about this top secret facility through a film and interactive displays. Find out how gunpowder came to Britain and the vital role Gunpowder Mills played in both World Wars and the Space Race!New features for 2011 include the 'Rocket Vault' and Professor Nitrate's Mad-Lab set within the laboratory of an eccentric rocket scientist and full of explosive surprises. Set within 170 acres of natural parkland, there is also 1940s exhibition, Women at War Photo Gallery, Dangerous Days exhibition and a military truck tour. « less
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Hylands Park (Chelmsford)
Ranked #30 of 234 attractions in Essex
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