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Top things to do in Essex

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Boydells Dairy Farm (Wethersfield)
Ranked #1 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Farms; Landmarks
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Ranked #2 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Military Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Essex is one of the country's premier Military Museums. Our patron, and... more » Owner description: The Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Essex is one of the country's premier Military Museums. Our patron, and frequent visitor, Lord Paddy Ashdown has called us "a jewel" "worthy of national recognition". Winner of the Museum of the Year Award for Essex, and awarded Visit England's quality assurance award, the Museum tells the story of the British fighting force from the English Civil War to the present day with unashamed pride. « less
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Colchester Zoo (Colchester)
Ranked #3 of 225 attractions in Essex
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Zoos
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 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Theaters; Historic Sites
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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Old Leigh (Leigh-on Sea)
Ranked #5 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
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Ranked #6 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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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Castle Park (Colchester)
Ranked #7 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature and Parks
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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Ranked #8 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Art Galleries
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Frinton on Sea Beach (Frinton-On-Sea)
Ranked #9 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Beaches
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Promenade Park (Maldon)
Ranked #10 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature and Parks
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Marsh Farm (Woodham Ferrers)
Ranked #11 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Farms; Landmarks
Owner description: Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Acres of Magical Fun for Everyone! Marsh Farm is set in over 30 acres of beautiful farm... more » Owner description: Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Acres of Magical Fun for Everyone! Marsh Farm is set in over 30 acres of beautiful farm land surrounded by 300 acres of country park on the edge of the River Crouch. When arriving you will be handed an itinerary of the days activities. Meet all your farmyard friends, cuddle the pets and see the majestic Birds of Prey . Then sample some of our delicious freshly prepared food, play in our extensive indoor and outdoor play areas or bounce on our huge bouncy pillows. Plus, enjoy one amazing shows, including Magic & Mayhem, Pesky Pets and Birds of Prey. « less
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Tropical Wings Zoo (Chelmsford)
Ranked #12 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Zoos
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Ranked #13 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Art Galleries
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 #14 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Pets Corner (Harlow)
Ranked #15 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Other zoos & aquariums; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ingatestone Hall (Ingatestone)
Ranked #16 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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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Ranked #17 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #18 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Chelmsford Cathedral (Chelmsford)
Ranked #19 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Weald Country Park (Brentwood)
Ranked #20 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature and Parks
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RHS Garden Hyde Hall (Chelmsford)
Ranked #21 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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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Essex Police Museum (Chelmsford)
Ranked #22 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #23 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Walton On The Naze beach (Walton-on-the-Naze)
Ranked #24 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Beaches
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Hylands Park (Chelmsford)
Ranked #25 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #26 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature and Parks
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Royal Gunpowder Mills (Waltham Abbey)
Ranked #27 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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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Rainham Marshes (Purfleet)
Ranked #28 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #29 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Clacton-on-Sea Beach (Clacton-on-Sea)
Ranked #30 of 225 attractions in Essex
Category: Beaches
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