Essex

Historic Essex

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Overview

Start at Audley End manor house & gardens before arriving at the historic open air museum of Stansted Mountfitchet Castle. Enjoy historic Takeley and the National Forest before visiting Cressing Temple. Pass through Coggleshall to visit Hedingham Castle and Gardens. Take in Braintree and Thaxted before arriving at Saffron Walden.

Audley End

Enjoy the Jacobean manor house and former royal residence with views across the Essex countryside. Take in the servants wing, Victorian stable yard and explore the peaceful gardens. Nearby you will find the Audley End Miniature Railway where you can hop aboard and enjoy a ride through the woodlands.

Stansted Mountfitchet

Absorb over 900 years of history at the open air museum of Mountfitchet Castle built on the site of an original Norman motte and bailey castle. Tour the castle and working village to see how the Normans lived and worked. Enjoy a tour of the House on the Hill Toy Museum, the largest toy museum in the world, with over 80,000 toys on display.

Takeley

Take a trip to the historic village of Takeley on your journey through Essex and call in at the Holy Trinity Church. Just outside the village you will find the royal hunting grounds of Hatfield Forest, a great place to relax and explore amongst the ancient trees.

cressing temple

The Knights of the Templar formed the historic medieval barns at the centre of the rural estate – best visited when there is a special event on. You will also find a restored peaceful Tudor kitchen Walled Garden.

Coggeshall

The olde world village of Coggleshall contains Coggleshall Museum with its impressive lace collection, Coggleshall Grange Barn – one of Europe’s oldest timber framed buildings and the remains of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey. Take in Paycocke’s House & Gardens a Tudor merchant house built around 1500.

Hedingham Road

Hedingham Castle and Gardens encompass over 900 years of history. Time your visit to enjoy one of the many events at this stunning location including car shows, comedy and jousting spectaculars.

Braintree

Enjoy the bustling market town of Braintree with its District Museum and nationally important Warner Textile Archive. Fancy some shopping?, then head to Freeport, the outlet shopping village with its collection of shops.

Thaxted

Thaxted combines picturesque countryside and historic buildings including cottages, almshouses, fantastic guildhall and the St. John the Baptist church. Nearby you will find the iconic Webb’s Windmill with a small museum and spectacular views.

Saffron Walden

The bustling medieval market town of Saffron Walden is filled with independent shops and historic buildings including St. Mary’s Church – the largest parish church in Essex. Bridge End Garden with its sunken Dutch Garden and yew hedge maze is well worth a visit.

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Overview

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Audley End

2
9.5 miles

Stansted Mountfitchet

3
5.8 miles

Takeley

4
17.5 miles

cressing temple

5
7.1 miles

Coggeshall

6
8.9 miles

Hedingham Road

7
7.9 miles

Braintree

8
17.5 miles

Thaxted

9
7.9 miles

Saffron Walden

What to see and do…

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Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Downham Hall

Downham Hall, Castledon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1LG

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

Parlour Cafe

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Disc Golf and Football Golf Course

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Place Barns

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Suenos Guesthouse

Suenos Guesthouse, 184 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 3AA

The PitStop

The PitStop, The Morgan Garage, Little Hallingbury, Essex, CM22 7RA

Milsoms

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HW

Maison Talbooth

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN

The Pier at Harwich

The Quay, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HH

Mulberry Retreat and Leisure Limited

Mulberry House, Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, Essex, CM5 9NL

About the Historic Essex Trail

Distance: 82 miles
Cites / Towns: 9
Number Of Businesses: 21

Enjoy the splendour of the magnificent Audley End manor house and its gardens before driving down to the open air museum of Stansted Mountfitchet Castle to experience the life of a Norman villager.

Pass through historic Takeley and surrounding National Forest before enjoying the medieval barns at Cressing Temple. Enjoy the olde world setting of Coggleshall before arriving at Hedingham Castle and Gardens.

Pass through the bustling market town of Braintree before enjoying the historic buildings of Thaxted. Finish up at the historic market town of Saffron Walden to enjoy the shops and historic buildings.

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Days Gone By

Trace the history of Essex on this trail – from Stansted Mountfitchet with its Norman history and toy museum to Hedingham Castle and the Knights of Templar barns at Cressing Temple you will find plenty from days gone by.

Village Life

Enjoy the scenery and settings of Essex’s pretty villages. Historic Coggleshall and picturesque Thaxted with its windmill and historic buildings are amongst the delights on this trail.

Essex Castles

Enjoy one of the regular events at Hedingham Castle and Gardens, with over 900 years history or head for Stansted Mountfitchet to explore life as a Norman villager.

Also Nearby

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Downham Hall

Downham Hall, Castledon Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1LG

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

Parlour Cafe

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Disc Golf and Football Golf Course

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Creeksea Place Barns

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Suenos Guesthouse

Suenos Guesthouse, 184 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 3AA

The PitStop

The PitStop, The Morgan Garage, Little Hallingbury, Essex, CM22 7RA