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Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, RM12 6DF, Tel: 01708 520364, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre is situated in Hornchurch Country Park and has fantastic views over the Valley which gives it its name.

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  • Rail station: Hornchurch (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Naze Visitor Centre

Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE, Tel: 01255 679379, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk

The Centre is open all year round and houses an education room as well as a café and gift shop. There are a number of displays including fossil and geology displays and information regarding bird migration and sightings.

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  • Rail station: Walton On The Naze (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Rotunda at Admirals Parks
Green Flag Award

Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2PL, Tel: 01245 605566, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/admirals-park-and-tower-gardens

A beautiful city centre park leading into Tower Gardens and West Park, Admirals is one of Chelmsford's most popular parks.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
The Rage
VistEngland VAQAS

Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EE, Tel: 01702 443400, www.adventureisland.co.uk

Adventure Island is the UK's No.1 free admission fun park. There are over 50 rides and attractions to enjoy, which are situated either side of the world's longest pleasure pier in Southend-on-Sea.

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  • Rail station: Southend Central (0 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Andrews Park

Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 4BX, Tel: 01245 605566, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/andrews-park-0

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

 
 
 
VistEngland VAQAS

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.

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  • Rail station: Southend Victoria (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Belfairs Woods by Gillian Crosby

Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR, Tel: 01702 477467, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk

A modern, attractive and welcoming Visitor’s Centre set in the ancient Belfairs Woodland. We have a small café, an education facility and an interesting shop. We offer a number of walks, talks and events throughout the year.

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  • Rail station: Leigh-On-Sea (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Blake House Craft Centre
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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

Wander around the exclusive shops where there really is something for everyone! Once you've looked around, enjoy a bite to eat in Timbers Restaurant or challenge friends to a round of crazy golf.

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  • Rail station: Braintree (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Bobbit's Hole Nature Reserve

Main Rd, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 3HJ, Tel: 01255 553610, Email, www.harwich-society.co.uk

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  • Rail station: Dovercourt (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Bridge End Garden
Essex Tourism Awards

c/o Tourist Information Centre, 1 Market Place, 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.

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  • Rail station: Audley End (2 miles)
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Central Park Lake and Viaduct

Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LU, Tel: 01245 605566, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/central-park-bell-meadow-and-sky-blue-pasture

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.

 
 
 
Chancellor Park

Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4BX, Tel: 01245 605566, Email, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/chancellor-park

Chancellor Park is a popular park for the Sports enthusiasts. Due to its multi surfaces it is available to use all year round.

 
 
 
Chelmsford Museum
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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

Local, industrial 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.

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  • Rail station: Chelmsford (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
St Mary`s Church

Chickney, Broxted, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BY, Tel: 01223 324 442, Email, www.visitchurches.org.uk

A remote unspoilt delight

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  • Rail station: Elsenham (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Clacton Factory Outlet
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

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, furniture, jewellery, books, tents/outdoor equipment and confectionery at up to 60% off High Street prices.

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  • Rail station: Clacton-on-Sea (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Clacton Pier

1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX, Tel: 01255 421115, Email, www.clactonpier.co.uk

Six and a half acres of fun and entertainment, including under cover and outside fairground, amusements, side stalls, cafés and take aways, Seaquarium, public house with children's play area and lots more for all the family.

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  • Rail station: Clacton train station (1 mile)
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Debden Barns
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

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.

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  • Rail station: Audley End (54 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access