There is more to Brentwood than you think

Brentwood’s name is derived from ‘Burnt Wood’, referring to a clearing made in the dense forest covering this part of Essex by a fire. Over time, it became a stopping point for pilgrims travelling to Canterbury and the remains of a 12th Century chapel in the town centre bear testimony to this. When Henry III granted a royal charter to hold markets, Brentwood developed into a place of commerce and today, its bustling High Street and surrounding roads reflects that this is still a well-to-do town, yet surrounded by beautiful open spaces and historic locations to explore. Independent shops and popular restaurants, along with a vibrant club scene make Brentwood an exciting place to visit.  Visit the website www.discoverbrentwood.co.uk

 

Discover Brentwood

Images from around the borough

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Ingatestone Hall

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Thorndon Country Park

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St Thomas the Martyr

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Old MacDonald's Farm

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The Sugar Hut

 

Brentwood’s numerous Country Parks are havens for nature-lovers, walkers and families alike. Thorndon Park is home to the famous Gruffalo Trail and there’s real animal magic at Old MacDonald’s Farm on the outskirts of the town. If you’re a fan of alpine sports, over at Brentwood Park you can get your snowsports kicks all year round. Next door is a fantastic kart track and the park’s amenities also offer a golf-driving range and a Chinese restaurant.

Cyclists will enjoy exploring the leafy lanes and charming villages such as Ingatestone and Mountnessing, that dot the beautiful rolling countryside around Brentwood.

The TV show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ thrust Brentwood into the national spotlight as a popular tourist destination and inspired the ‘TOWIE Trail’. For some serious retail therapy, Crown Street and the characterful old streets leading off Brentwood High Street are a must-visit destination, as are the High Streets of Shenfield and Ingatestone.

Two very different aspects of British history are reflected in Ingatestone Hall and the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch. Built in the 16th century, Ingatestone Hall is still home to the Petre family, who hosted Elizabeth I on several occasions, whilst the bunker is an eerily fascinating, subterranean reminder of the Cold War era.

Well-served by the M25, A12 and A127 road network, and just under half an hour to the City of London by train, Brentwood is ideal as a base from which to enjoy Essex and the Capital. For further information visit www.discoverbrentwood.co.uk

Brentwood’s numerous Country Parks are havens for nature-lovers, walkers and families alike. Thorndon Park is home to the famous Gruffalo Trail and there’s real animal magic at Old MacDonald’s Farm on the outskirts of the town.

Two very different aspects of British history are reflected in Ingatestone Hall and the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch. Built in the 16th century, Ingatestone Hall is still home to the Petre family, who hosted Elizabeth I on several occasions, whilst the bunker is an eerily fascinating, subterranean reminder of the Cold War era.

Well-served by the M25, A12 and A127 road network, and just under half an hour to the City of London by train, Brentwood is ideal as a base from which to enjoy Essex and the Capital.

Highlights of the area

Brentwood theatre

Located in the heart of Brentwood, the community theatre is often called 'the jewel in the crown of Brentwood'. So come along for a great night out and enjoy the many shows on offer.

Shot of the back of the house overlooking the lawn and trees on the side.

16th century mansion built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four monarchs, whose family continue to reside here. Contains family portraits, furniture and memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.

Image of war office like consoles and wall maps.

Three-storey ex-government regional HQ nuclear bunker buried some 80ft underground. Complete with kitchen, dormitories, power and filtration plant, plotting floor, government administration room, 120-yard long entrance tunnel, communication and scientists’ room.

More highlights

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Located at the Secret Nuclear Bunker site (you could combine a visit) this is the place to come for adrenaline filled activities including high ropes, archery, paintball, tunnelling, water zorbing and much more.

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Award-winning leisure and educational animal attraction. Explore the farm for Old MacDonald’s farmyard favourites and exotic animals plus indoor and outdoor leisure activities.

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The woods are rich in birdlife and attract many species of migrant and over-wintering birds. The open parkland at Thorndon South is busy with families enjoying barbecues and picnics. It’s also a great place to fly a kite.

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Featured accommodation

Marygreen Manor Hotel

AA 4 Star HotelHotel with 56 rooms, £150 prpnb, Brentwood

Beautifully presented and centrally located, just minutes from M25/J28, our Tudor Manor House, with a selection of period function and meeting rooms, provides the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

 
 

More things to enjoy

Warley Park

Brentwood 01277 224891

A superb 27-hole golf course with numerous lakes and mature woodland areas providing a relaxing and picturesque backdrop to your round of golf.

 
 
 
Warley Park Golf Club

Brentwood 01277 224891

27 hole golf course. Wedding Venue and Outside Ceremony Area

 
 
 
Warley Park

Brentwood 01277 224891

The Lake View offers a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch. We are able to cater for large groups; whatever the number we will look after you so that you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.

 
 
 
Weald Park

Brentwood 01277 261343

Enjoy over 500 acres of woodland, lakes, meadows, open grassland and spectacular views at Weald Country Park. The park is famous for its wildlife, including fallow deer, cattle, herons, mallard ducks and other water birds.

 
 
 
Weald Park

Brentwood 01277 261343

Located in South Weald in Essex, Weald Country Park is a 700 year-old, 500 acre country park.

 
 
 
Weald Park

Brentwood 01277 261343

Visit the Stick Man Play Trail at Weald Country Park for great family fun across our seven areas of interactive themed play equipment.

 
 

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.