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Adventure Inside, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EE

tel: 01702 443400

 

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Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

tel: 01799 522842

Step back in time and see Victorian life come to life before your eyes at Audley End House and Gardens. You can experience what life was like at one of England’s grandest stately homes.

 

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Manor Street, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3HW

tel: 01376 325266

This award winning museum is based in the converted Courtauld School and has displays from Crittall steel windows to Warners royal silks, Castle Hedingham pottery to Edward Bawden prints.

 

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ES

tel: 01702 434449

Central Museum houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology. Displays reflect the story of Southend's growth as a major seaside destination and its rich natural history and fishing heritage.

 

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Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ

tel: 01245 605700

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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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

tel: 01206 282939

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. The Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors.

 

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Station Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4LQ

tel: 01621 841826

An award winning collection of British military artefacts from the English Civil War to today. Collections focus on the Special Forces, espionage, uniforms, medals, swords, tanks and the Donnington Firearms Collection of over 700 guns.

 

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65a Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LW

tel: 01245 261169

Chelmsford’s newest state of the art escape rooms are now open. Our fully immersive, 60-minute experiences will amaze even the experienced escape room player.

 

Escape Live Southend, 95 High Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1HS

tel: 01702 437337

Can you escape the #1 Escape Room in Essex? You have just 60 minutes to escape from a themed locked room before it is too late.

 

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Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS

tel: 01376 576847

A history of the Essex Fire Service with items from the 18th century to today including appliances, uniforms, photos and WW2 memorabilia.

 

Timberfields, Off Wellington Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3EJ

tel: 01255 502872 

Museum contains the last Clacton off-shore. Oakley Class Lifeboat 34ft and a history of the lifeboat service in Harwich.

 

Low Lighthouse, Harbour Crescent, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3NJ

tel: 01255 502872 

Housed in a disused lighthouse, the museum has specialised displays on the Royal Navy and commercial shipping. History of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy in Harwich.

 

Baley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ

tel: 01787 460261

In February swathes of snowdrops blanket the moat, and in May bluebells and rhododendrons provide spectacular contrasts of colour and shape.

 

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Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG

tel: 01206 282940

An important part of Colchester's rich history with three centuries of fascinating toys, costume and decorative arts displayed in an attractive Georgian town house from 1718.

 

Jump Street Chelmsford, 12 Richmond Road, Dukes Park Estate, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6UA

tel: 01206 911035

Jump Street trampoline parks offer jump sessions in Essex, suitable for both adults & children. Jump Street is based both in Colchester & in Chelmsford, also offering adult fitness classes, toddler sessions, special needs support sessions.

 

21 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, CO1 1BX

tel: 01206 911035

Jump Street trampoline parks offer jump sessions in Essex, suitable for both adults & children. Jump Street is based both in Colchester & in Chelmsford, also offering adult fitness classes, toddler sessions, special needs support sessions.

 

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Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

tel: 01277 364883

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

 

Essex Tourism AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

tel: 01206 330784

Magnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings dolls house, church and farm animals. Cafe and shop.