Picture of Audley End House in the background and a man pulling a horse in the foreground.

Fantastic Essex attractions for your group to explore

Essex should be the destination of choice for your next group visit. Boasting the palatial splendour of historic houses such as Audley End House and Gardens in Saffron Walden, to newly created architectural masterpieces such as Firstsite in Colchester, RHS Garden Hyde Hall near  Chelmsford, with sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views are but a few of the many attractions your group will  enjoy.

 

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Picture of three women admiring a rose bed.
A grand day out at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.

Some of the many attractions to visit

Exterior of the castle with flower beds on front lawn.

Colchester Castle

Picture of a man in period costume sitting on a horse in front of Audley End House.
Audley End House and Gardens
Picture of the tower from the back with steps leading to the entrance.
Layer Marney Tower
Picture of the Saxon chapel standing a midst big open skies.

St Peters-on-the-Wall

Picture of a couple of Greek columns in between trees and shrubs.
Gibberd Garden
Picture of the exterior as seen through the trees.
Hedingham Castle
Picture of two Georgian Towers that used to be part of a church.
Mistley Towers
Richly carved and decorated timberframed merchants house with terracotta coloured plaster in between
National Trust Paycocke's House
Picture of the historic cottage as see from across the lake.
National Trust Bourne Mill
Picture of the outside front of Hylands House with some tree on the left.
Hylands House

Discover the delights and treasures of Essex

 

Essex has a wealth of attractions throughout the county to suit all interests that will inspire and delight. We have over 450 leisure attractions and activities suitable for all ages and groups, with some being really unique such as Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the UK, the RHS Garden at Rettendon, one of only four in the UK, St Andrew’s Church in Greensted, the oldest wooden church in the World (group tours are free, however, donations for the up-keep are always welcome) and Cressing Temple, 13th century barns once owned by the Knights Templar and the oldest timber framed barns in Europe. There are several National Trust and English Heritage properties throughout the county and an abundance of RSPB reserves and visitor centres. 

There are many more for you discover, so browse all our attractions, or browse by themes such as museums, heritage, gardens, art & culture, shopping, vineyards or theatres.

Essex has a wealth of attractions throughout the county to suit all interests that will inspire and delight. We have over 450 leisure attractions and activities suitable for all ages and groups, with some being really unique such as Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the UK, the RHS Garden at Rettendon, one of only four in the UK, St Andrew’s Church in Greensted, the oldest wooden church in the World and Cressing Temple, 13th century barns once owned by the Knights Templar.
There are several National Trust and English Heritage properties throughout the county and an abundance of RSPB reserves and visitor centres.

The choice is yours...

Side view of the magnificent Jacobean architecture.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, and all have left their mark. 

Beautifully landscaped garden around a pond with a boat in it.
A visit to Essex wouldn’t be complete without visiting our many gardens. From small and intimate to large and traditional, Essex really does have them all!
Interior view of the museum.
Our county is blessed with collections and museums that will bring the past to life for you; from tiny one-room collections to vast rare collections.

More choices for your group...

Image of a Thames Sailing Barge with its brown sails open and gliding along the blue waters.
A popular way for social or special interest groups to enjoy is a day out on a boat. Why not have afternoon cream tea on a Thames Sailing Barge?
A group of people harvesting the grapes.
A visit to a vineyard is a great experience not to be missed. Groups and parties are welcome, private tours and tastings can be booked as well. 
Image of the statue of Mercury on top of the theatre by night.
Our many theatres throughout the county put on fabulous shows from music events, to plays and ballets, all offering great group rates.

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Battlesbridge Antiques Centre

Wickford 01268 769000

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.

 
 
 
Braxted Park

Witham 01621 890300

The Cookery School at Braxted Park combines a stunning location with award-winning chefs and a diverse range of courses to suit all abilities. We aspire to provide a high quality service and an experience that you will never forget.

 
 
 
Stow Maries WW1 Aerodrome

Maldon 01245 808744

2for 1 entry Stow Maries Aerodrome

Original Great War Aerodrome with museum, original buildings and wildlife area.

 
 

Explore our county

Picture of the iconic Firstsite building at night.
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.
Picture of a sunset over the The Naze waters with some rocks protruding from the water.

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.
Picture of a cow at the edge of the River Stour and drinking water.
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.