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Danbury Country Park – originally laid out in the 13th century as part of a private estate – offers ornamental gardens and lakes, woodland and meadows. Surviving historic structures include an ice house where before refrigerators, ice was collected from the lakes in winter and stored for the palace kitchens.
The park’s accessible, well-maintained tracks are popular with dog walkers and families, with plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat. The lakeside path takes you alongside tranquil waters, where you can watch ducks, swans and carp, and past the ornamental gardens.
Late spring is a good time to see ducklings, cygnets and spectacular displays from rhododendrons in the gardens. In summer, the meadows fill with wildflowers and grasses, attracting butterflies and insects, while the woodland paths offer respite from the sun in the dappled shade of ancient oaks, hornbeams and sweet chestnuts.
Parking charges apply. Customers are encouraged to pay online for car parking using MiPermit. Further information can be found here.
Up to 1 hour £2.50
Up to 2 hours £3.80
Up to 4 hours £5.10
All day £6.30
- Coach parking
- Dogs Accepted
Map & Directions
From the A12, take the A414 towards Maldon. Continue into Danbury and take the right turn at the mini roundabout onto Well Lane. Continue to the end of the road and turn right onto Woodhill Road.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest railway station is Chelmsford, which is 4 miles away.