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FREE attractions in Essex


The Minories

74 High Street, East Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE, Tel: 01206 712437, Email, art.colchester.ac.uk/minories

The Minories Art Gallery is a professional contemporary art gallery managed by Colchester School of Art.

Natural History Museum
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High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN, Tel: 01206 282941, www.cimuseums.org.uk

Discover and interesting 'hands-on' perspective on the local natural environment from the Ice Age right up to today. Explore the garden trail and stag beetle exhibition, free entry.

Rayleigh Mount

Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7HQ, Tel: 01376 562226, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rayleigh-mount/

The former site of the Doomsday castle erected by Sweyn of Essex.

Finchingfield Guildhall

Church Hill, Finchingfield, Essex, CM7 4NN, Tel: 01371 811333, Email, www.finchingfieldguildhall.org.uk

Set in picturesque Finchingfield, the 15th century Guildhall is an historic venue with its own interactive museum and shop.

Rendezvous Casino Southend

Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2ZG, Tel: 01702 668623, Email, www.rendezvouscasino.com/southend/home

One stop entertainment venue. Buzzing casino, popular Elements Restaurant and private dining room offering international cuisine, ideal for all occasions from intimate dinners to corporate functions.

The Genting Club

Western Esplanade, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend, Essex, UK, Tel: 01702 352919, www.gentingcasinos.co.uk/maxims/casino

For one of the ultimate nights out in Southend visit The Genting Club. Offering all of your favourite casino games.

Chelmsford Museums
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Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ, Tel: 01245 605700, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museum

Local and social history from prehistory to present day; fine and decorative arts (ceramics, glass); coins; natural history (geology, animals, live beehive). Exhibitions and events. Set in park with children's play area.

Debden Barns
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Elder Street, Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3JY, Tel: 01799 544018, Email, www.debdenbarns.co.uk

Debden Barns is a collection of unique businesses located in a beautiful rural setting offering a mix of antiques, homewares, gifts and garden accessories.

Prittlewell Priory Museum

Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6NB, Tel: 01702 342878, www.southendmuseums.co.uk

Well preserved 12th Century Priory housing a museum of the Priory's history.

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Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH, Tel: 01206 577067, Email, www.firstsite.uk.net

firstsite is Colchester's contemporary visual arts organisation.

RSPB Wallasea Island
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Creeksea Ferry Road, Essex, SS4 2HD, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/wallaseaisland

Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe.

Clacton Factory Outlet

Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 4TL, Tel: 01255 479595, Email, www.clactonfactoryoutlet.co.uk

Clacton Factory Outlet offers stores with famous named brands in fashion, footwear, home wares, jewellery, books, tents/outdoor equipment and confectionery at up to 60% off high street prices.


West Thurrock Way, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex, RM20 2ZP, Tel: 01708 869933, www.intulakeside.co.uk

Lakeside has over 250 shops, cafes and restaurants within the shopping centre - and together with the retail park, it forms one of the largest shopping destinations in the UK.

Hatfield Forest

The National Trust, Hatfield Forest Estate Office, Takeley, Essex, CM22 6NE, Tel: 01279 870678, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest

Hatfield Forest is a rare surviving example of a Medieval Royal Hunting Forest. It has wonderful ancient trees which are like magnificent living sculptures. Visit the shore of the lake & find all the facilities you need.

Fry Public Art Gallery

Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1BD, Tel: 01799 513779, www.fryartgallery.org

The gallery displays a unique collection of paintings, prints, books and ceramics showing the artistic 20th century heritage of north west Essex.

Blake House Craft Centre
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Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA, Tel: 01376 344123, Email, www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk

Blake House is one of the prettiest craft centres in Essex, home to twenty exclusive shops, Minigolf and maize maze.

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Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6EX, Tel: 01702 212511, Email, www.southendmuseums.co.uk

The gallery houses some 2,000 works, including works by Constable, Molenaer, Lear and Seago. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions and is the home of the Essex artists open exhibition.

Oaklands Park
Green Flag Award

Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ, Tel: 01245 605566

Oaklands Park opened in 1930 and provides approximately 5 hectares of established parkland and gardens within the historical quarter of Chelmsford, the county town of Essex.