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Places of Interest
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Clacton on Sea
is the leading resort on the Essex ‘Sunshine Coast’ and boasts expansive golden sands backed by a traffic-free promenade. The town offers theatres, a lively pier, bowling, watersports and extensive shopping facilities. The seafront is adorned with award-winning gardens, perfect for an afternoon stroll.


has a history long connected with the sea; ship-building and fishing was its main source of trade for centuries. Leigh Old Town which lies south of the railway, retains its original charm and character and is home to the famed ‘Cockle Sheds’ with a bewildering and mouth-watering array of fresh seafood. Old buildings are scattered along the High Street, including the ‘Old Smithy’ rebuilt from two 19th century cottages, which now houses the Heritage Centre.


is Britain’s oldest town and boasts extensive Roman fortifications, the largest Norman keep in Britain and interesting sites from the Civil War.


Burnham on Crouch
is an historic town on the banks of the River Crouch. Well known as a yachting centre, Burnham plays host to the internationally famous ‘Burnham Week’ regatta, but it is also of historical interest with attractions as diverse as bronze-age burial mounds to a working steam railway museum and no less that 117 buildings that are listed Grade 2 or better.


is one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex believed to date back to Saxon times. It was once well known as the home of the famous Maldon Barges, which were used to ferry agricultural goods along the coast; the few remaining barges can still be seen in Hythe Quay. Maldon District Museum offers a fascinating insight into the town’s history and its maritime links with the surrounding area.


Audley End House and Gardens
is one of Europe’s grandest stately homes. The splendid mansion house contains a set of rare English Soho tapestries, as well as the 4th Baron Baybrook’s natural history collection. The refurbished Service Wing re-creates life ‘below stairs’ in the 1800’s with access to the kitchen, dairy, dry larder and laundry and grounds, which were re-modelled by ‘Capability’ Brown and feature ornamental buildings, magnificent trees and a delightful Organic Kitchen Garden.


Mersea Island
is the most easterly inhabited island in the British Isles with a population of around 7,000 people. Accessed via causeway, the island welcomes thousands of visitors every year who flock here to sample the attractive beaches, range of facilities and unique atmosphere.


has been the county town of Essex for more than 750 years. Its cathedral is the second smallest in England, however, visitors are often taken aback by its inner splendour! The museum showcases the town’s history through its collection of artefacts and local items of special interest. The town also boasts a pedestrianised high street and two large shopping centres.


is just an hour’s train journey from Southend and is packed with world famous sights, museums and galleries, top class theatres, splendid public parks, an enviable array of restaurants and fabulous shops.