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FREE attractions in Essex


Central Park Lake and Viaduct

Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LU, Tel: 01245 605566, Email

These parks are very popular with office workers and families alike. A great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, relax and enjoy the wildlife.

RSPB South Essex
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RSPB South Essex, SS16 4UH, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/s/southessexmarshes

The RSPB in South Essex has a collection of reserves to visit including the RSPB South Essex Wildlife Garden, West Canvey Marsh and Bowers Marsh.

Harlow Museum

Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF, Tel: 01279 454959, Email, www.science-alive.co.uk

Harlow Museum is an oasis of tranquility, a centre for researchers, a family day out in the Walled Gardens and much more besides.

Alderford Street Watermill

Alderford Street, Sible Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3XH, Tel: 0774 090 1323, Email, www.visitparks.co.uk/places/alderford-water-mill/

One of the most complete historic watermills in Essex with most of the original machinery. Restored working water wheel. Open weekends in spring and summer.

Vange Marsh in winter
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Pitsea, Essex, SS13 3JX, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/v/vangemarsh/

Vange Marsh is a mosaic of wetland habitats in South Essex. Fresh and saltwater lagoons attract breeding avocets, common terns, little ringed plovers, lapwings and reed buntings.

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.

Andrews Park

Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 4BX, Tel: 01245 605566, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/maps/parks

An attractive park area located along Patching Hall Lane, Andrews Park is a popular space for both local residents, school children and visitors.

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.

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.

Copt Hall

Little Wigborough, Essex, UK, Tel: 01376 562226, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/copt-hall-marshes

Situated on the remote and attractive Blackwater Estuary, they are part of the Blackwater site of Special Scientific Interest. The salt marshes are rich in overwintering wildfowl and wading birds.

Ha'penny Pier Visitor Centre

The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH, Tel: 01255 502872, Email, www.harwich-society.co.uk

Information on everything in Harwich and historic exhibition on Harwich and the Mayflower. Free tourist information service and exhibition.

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.

Bridge End Gardens
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Bridge End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HR, Tel: 01799 524002, Email, www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

Bridge End Garden was laid out by the Gibson family in the nineteenth century and is open to the public each day free of charge. Recently restored back to its former glory.

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.

Classic Car Show

The Old Granary, Hawk Hill, Battlesbridge, Essex, SS11 7RE, Tel: 01268 769000, Email, www.battlesbridge.com

5 interesting old buildings housing over 70 dealers in antiques & crafts. On the banks of the River Crouch in a picturesque hamlet, with tea rooms and 18th century pub. Visits to the Classic Motor Cycle Museum on Sundays or by appointment.

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.

Hylands House and Estate
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Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8WQ, Tel: 01245 605500, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/hylands

Rescued from ruin & steeped in history, Hylands House is a fascinating & beautifully restored country house, dating from 1730. Hylands House is now open to the public every Sunday throughout the year, & on Mondays during the summer months.

Chickney Church

Chickney, Broxted, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BY, Tel: 0207 213 0679, Email, www.visitchurches.org.uk

This atmospheric and remote pre-Conquest church has a 14th century tower and Saxon nave and chancel