Many of our guests stay with us over the weekend for a getaway and we are regularly asked about historical areas of significance around Essex. English Heritage has over 400 historic sites under their management and a number of interesting places to visit in Essex itself. Here are our Top 4 English Heritage sites in Essex that we recommend our guests head to for a day out.
Tilbury Fort – 19 miles from Chelmsford
Built in the 16th century by Henry VIII on the north bank of the Thames, to protect the Thames Estuary and London beyond from attacks by the French. The fort was famously the site of Queen Elizabeth I rallying her troops in preparation for the approaching Spanish Armada.
Tilbury Fort is the best example of such a fort in England. The striking bastions and moats around the fort are an impressive achievement of construction. It is a great family day out exploring the magazine houses used to store the gunpowder, or experience the life of a soldier in the fort in the magazine passages.
Contact Tilbury Fort on 0370 333 1181 for opening times and to book tickets.
Waltham Abbey Gatehouse And Bridge – 20 Miles From Chelmsford
A historic market town in Epping Forest in the southwest corner of Essex, the town Waltham Abbey is well worth a visit, especially if you have the time to visit the Waltham Abbey Gatehouse and Bridge.
The 14th century gatehouse bridge and remains of the abbey are a fascinating insight into one of the great monastic foundations of the Middle Ages. Founded in the early 11th entury, it is the final resting place of Harold II the final Saxon King Of England, and also later housed the Waltham Bible. Although the original Abbey was dissolved in 1540 visitors can still see the superb 14th Century Gatehouse and bridge that remains, as well as the walls of the post-medieval house that was built following its dissolution.
Audley End House And Gardens – 22 Miles From Chelmsford
One of England’s finest country house. Audley End House and Gardens is located just outside Saffron Waldon, a decadent Jacobean mansion house, it is a great trip for the entire family. You can meet the staff in the Victorian Service wing, wander around the amazing gardens created by “Capability” brown, see the horses in the Victorian stable yard or let the kids jump, climb and play in the children’s play area.
Audley End House also hosts some fantastic events across the year including outdoor concerts and theatre productions.
Contact Audley End House on 0370 333 1181 for opening times, booking tickets and events.
Hadleigh Castle – 14 Miles From Chelmsford
The romantic ruins of a royal castle overlooking the Essex marshes, are located near Southend-On-Sea. Hadleigh Castle was built in the 1230’s by Hubert De Burgh, after King John gave him the manor of Hadleigh, as his chief minister. In 1360 Edward III spent large sums of money on a 10 yr refurbishment program, including the building of a new gateway, high tower, lodging chambers and a chapel.
The current remains can be explored during daylight hours for free courtesy of English Heritage and are well worth a visit.
Why Not Make A Weekend Of It ?
There is so much to do locally to Channels Lodge, why not make a weekend of it – Simply book a Friday and Saturday evening with us either via our Online Booking here – Book Now – or give us a call on 01245 441547
We look forward to seeing you.