If you’re looking to visit a vibrant town in Essex, then Harlow is the ideal spot for your next day trip or weekend away. Although this lovely town in Essex may be less talked about than others, Harlow has many wonderful attractions and things to see and do. If you’re planning on a trip to Essex, or you’re a local and looking for some new ideas for days out, check out the following things to do in Harlow. 

Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens

If you’re a history fanatic and looking for things to do in Harlow, then the Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens is a perfect attraction for you. The gardens and museum have over 1000 years worth of history captured within their walls, with around 40,000 artefacts dating all the way back to the Iron Age, right up to the present day. As well as the educational museum, there are three historical gardens to explore, spread across two acres, ideal for a family picnic in the sun.

Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens

Harlow Pets Corner

Great if you’re looking for a free family friendly day out in Harlow, Pets Corner is a wonderful opportunity for both adults and children to interact with an abundance of different animal friends. Pets Corner is home to a wide range of animals, from your traditional rabbits, chickens and sheep to more exotic creatures such as snakes, alpacas, and even reindeer.

Shetland Pony at Harlow Pets Corner

The Gibberd Garden

Out of all the things to do in Harlow, the Gibberd Garden may be one of the most versatile days out, suiting everyone from the grandparents to the kids. The Gibberd Garden was designed by Sir Frederick and Lady Pat Gibberd and was their former home for nearly 50 years. The Grade II listed building is open to the public each year from April to October, with a lively events programme including Music, Theatre and Art and Writing days throughout the season. Children will be delighted by the selection of animal sculptures, whilst more mature art lovers will marvel over the collection of 20th century art collected by the couple over the years. Once you have finished exploring the gardens and inspecting the art, take a break in the Barn Tearoom and enjoy a hot drink and sweet treat.

Sculpture in the Gibberd Garden, Harlow, Essex

Harlow Sculpture Town

If you’re an art lover looking for budget-friendly things to do in Harlow, check out the Harlow Sculpture Town exceptional (and growing) collection of over 101 public artworks. A great way to explore the Essex town, the self-led sculpture trail is both walkable and great for cycling, with a digital map available here. The Friends of Harlow Sculpture Town organisation also often host sculpture tours.

Harlow Sculpture Town

Harlow Town Park

Did you know that Harlow is home to one of the largest urban parks in the UK? Harlow Town Park stretches across 160 acres of greenery and is a Grade II listed site. Here you will find five unique gardens to explore, a bandstand, play areas, outdoor gym, skate park, and even a café. The park is the location of many events that take place throughout the year and is a favourite spot for both locals and visitors.

Harlow Town Park

As you can see, you’re never short of things to do in Harlow, whether you’re a local or visitor! Be sure to take a look at our What’s On page for any events that may be taking place in Harlow that may be of interest to you.




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