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This is a list of places of interest in the British county of Essex. See List of places in Essex for a list of settlements in Essex.

Essex Ceremonial Numbered
1 Harlow, 2 Epping Forest, 3 Brentwood, 4 Basildon, 5 Castle Point, 6 Rochford, 7 Maldon, 8 Chelmsford, 9 Uttlesford, 10 Braintree, 11 Colchester, 12 Tendring, 13 Thurrock, 14 Southend-on-Sea.


Name Image Location Description
Barleylands Farm Museum Steam Traction Engines - Barleylands Farm - - 59862.jpg Billericay Museum dedicated to rural life, including the Discovery Centre, home to vintage tractors and interactive exhibits, the Craft Village, offering a range of craft workshops and individually owned business, and Barleylands Farm Park, featuring farmyard animals, birds of prey, two indoor playbarns and outdoor play areas.
Church of St. Mary Magdalen, Billericay Billericay High Street.jpg Billericay 15th-century Anglican church which is the centrepiece of the historic centre of Billericay. Grade II* listed building.
Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead Great Burstead Church.jpg Billericay 12th-century Anglican church in Great Burstead. Grade I listed building.
Dale Farm Dale Farm scaffolding and sign.jpg Crays Hill Plot of land formerly used as an illegal encampment of travellers, which had been established without planning permission within the Green Belt. It was the largest such site in Europe before a clearance order was executed in October 2011 after 10 years of contention.
Historic Centre of Billericay Cottages in Norsey Road, Billericay - - 659833.jpg Billericay Historic town founded as lodging town on pilgrimage route from London to Canterbury.
New Town of Basildon Church Garden - - 751899.jpg Basildon New town created after Second World War in 1948 to accommodate the London population overspill.
Norsey Wood Norsey Wood, Billericay - - 53925.jpg Billericay Mixed coppice woodland with over 4,000 years of history. Scheduled monument, Site of special scientific interest and local nature reserve.


Name Image Location Description
Alderford Mill Alderford Mill, Sible Hedingham - - 1295346.jpg Sible Hedingham 18th-century watermill. Grade II* listed building.
All Saints Church, Terling All Saints church, Terling, Essex - - 113307.jpg Terling Early 13th-century Anglican church with major elements dating from 19th-century restoration. Grade II* listed building.
Bocking Windmill Bocking mill.jpg Bocking Restored post mill built in 1830. Grade I listed building.
Braintree Museum Braintree District Museum, Manor Street, Braintree - - 59717.jpg Braintree Museum dedicated to local history, industry, textiles, ceramics and art, featuring The Essex Model House, designed by St Osyth Mahala Wood.
Braintree railway station Braintree station in 2013.JPG Braintree Victorian railway station opened in 1848.
Braintree Town Hall Braintree Town Hall Centre, Fairfield Road, Braintree - - 59709.jpg Braintree Town hall built in 1926 by Vincent Harris and supported by the wealthy Courtauld family.
Colne Valley Railway CastleHedinghamCVR.jpg Castle Hedingham 1 mile-long heritage railway with fully reconstructed station, signal box and railway yard.
Cressing Temple The wheat barn at Cressing Temple, Essex - - 255587.jpg Cressing Group of three 13th-century timber-framed barns which were amongst the first possessions of the Knights Templar in England, one of which is the oldest timber-framed barn in the world. Grade I listed buildings.
Duck End Mill, Finchingfield Finchingfield post Windmill.jpg Finchingfield Restored 18th-century post mill. Grade II listed building.
Gibraltar Mill, Great Bardfield Gibraltar Mill.jpg Great Bardfield Restored tower mill built c. 1704 which has been converted to residential use. It is the oldest surviving windmill in Essex. Grade II listed building.
Hedingham Castle The keep, Hedingham Castle in winter.jpg Castle Hedingham Norman motte-and-bailey castle with a stone keep which was for four centuries it was the primary seat of the de Vere family, Earls of Oxford. The castle dates from the 11th century whilst the keep dates from the 12th century. Grade I listed building.
Historic Centre of Castle Hedingham St. James Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex - - 176097.jpg Castle Hedingham Historic village that developed around Hedingham Castle.
Historic Centre of Finchingfield Finchingfield.jpg Finchingfield Historic village and home of Dodie Smith.
Holy Trinity Church, Halstead Holy Trinity church, Halstead, Essex - - 213377.jpg Halstead Redundant Anglican church built in 1843 by George Gilbert Scott in Early English style. Grade II* listed building.
Moyns Park Moyns Park 2.jpg Steeple Bumpstead Elizabethan country house that was the home of the Gent family until the late 19th century. Grade I listed building.
Spains Hall Spains Hall - - 308634.jpg Finchingfield Elizabethan country house built c. 1570. Former home of the de Ispania, Kempe and Ruggles families. Grade I listed building.
St. Peter-ad-Vincula Church, Coggeshall St. Peter-ad-Vincula church, Coggeshall, Essex - - 136614.jpg Coggeshall 15th-century Anglican church. One of a group of oversized churches built following the success of the early wool-trade in the East Anglia area. Grade I listed building.
Terling Windmill Terling Windmill - - 1318919.jpg Terling Restored smock mill, built c. 1818, which has been converted to residential use. Grade II listed building.
Warner Textile Archive Warner Textile Archive - - 1037769.jpg Braintree Collection of textiles, designs and paper records opened in 1993. It is the second largest collection of publicly owned textiles in the United Kingdom, consisting of some 100,000 items.


Name Image Location Description
Brentwood Cathedral Brentwood Cathedral-2.jpg Brentwood Roman Catholic cathedral built in 1861 in a gothic style, before being expanded from 1989-1991 in an Italianate Classical style by Quinlan Terry. It is the seat of the Diocese of Brentwood.
Brentwood Railway Station Brentwood Station - - 957508.jpg Brentwood Victorian railway station opened in 1840.
Chapel of St. Thomas Becket, Brentwood The Chapel of Thomas 'a Becket, High Street, Brentwood - - 34068.jpg Brentwood Ruins of a 12th-century chapel dedicated to Thomas Becket which became a popular stopping point for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Great Warley St. Mary the Virgin 20080712-1.jpg Great Warley Anglican church built in 1902, notable for its art nouveau interior designed by William Reynolds-Stephens. Grade I listed building.
Fryerning Mill Fryerning Windmill, Essex, 1965.jpg Mill Green Restored post mill built in 1759. Grade II* listed building.
Ingatestone Hall IngatestoneHall(JohnSTurner)May2003.jpg Ingatestone 16th-century manor house built by Sir William Petre, whose descendants live there to this day. It hosted Elizabeth I on her royal progress of 1561. Grade I listed building.
Ingatestone Railway Station Ingatestone railway station (1846) (geograph 3493816).jpg Ingatestone Victorian railway station opened in 1843. Grade II listed building.
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker Entrance to Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker.jpg Kelvedon Hatch Large underground bunker maintained during the Cold War as a potential regional government headquarters. Since being decommissioned in 1992, the bunker has been open to the public as a tourist attraction, with a museum focusing on its Cold War history.
Mountnessing Windmill Mountnessing windmill.jpg Mountnessing Post mill built in 1807 that has been restored to working order. Grade II* listed building.
Thorndon Hall Thorndon Hall, Thorndon Park.JPG Ingrave Georgian palladian country house built in 1764 by James Paine. Former seat of the Petre family, who now live at Ingatestone Hall. Grade I listed building.
Warley Barracks and Essex Regiment Chapel The Essex Regiment Chapel, Warley, Essex - - 16981.jpg Warley Series of military buildings constructed after the local common was used as a military camp in 1742, before becoming the East India Company's barracks in 1842 and then later the British headquarters of Ford Motor Company. The chapel was built in 1857 and now contains displays of regimental history, memorials, heraldry and regimental colours. Grade II listed building.
West Horndon Railway Station West Horndon station geograph-3445224-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg West Horndon Victorian railway station opened in 1886.

Castle Point

Name Image Location Description
Canvey Island Transport Museum Canvey Bus Museum - - 107555.jpg Canvey Island Museum featuring various historic modes of transport, public road transport artefacts and a model train layout, located in a converted bus depot.
Dutch Cottage Museum Dutch Cottage Museum at Castle Point.jpg Canvey Island Museum containing a variety of exhibits that illustrate the history of Canvey Island.
Hadleigh Castle Hadleigh Castle curtain and east towers.jpg Hadleigh Ruined medieval castle built after 1215 by Hubert de Burgh, before later being remodelled by Edward III, who turned it into a grander property, designed to defend against potential French attack. Grade I listed building.
Hadleigh Farm Hadleigh Farm venue MTB cycling 2012 Olympics W cross-country.jpg Hadleigh Educational working farm and cross-country cycling venue which hosted the men's and women's mountain biking events of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Labworth Café Labworth Restaurant and Beach Bistro 2008.jpg Canvey Island Pioneering modernist International style reinforced concrete building designed by Ove Arup from 1932-1933. It is the only building solely designed by the distinguished engineer in existence. Grade II listed building.


Name Image Location Description
Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford Campus Mill pond at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford campus.jpg Chelmsford One of the central campuses of Anglia Ruskin University, founded as a university in 1992.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre Bridge battlesbridge.jpg Battlesbridge A number of antiques centres and shops, one of which is a former mill.
Battlesbridge Motorcycle Museum Motorcycle museum battlesbridge.jpg Battlesbridge Motorcycle museum featuring a number of classic motorbikes.
Chelmsford Cathedral Chelmsford Cathedral Exterior, Essex, UK - Diliff.jpg Chelmsford Anglican cathedral built c. 1200 that is the seat of the Diocese of Chelmsford. Grade I listed building.
Hanningfield Reservoir Hanningfield reservoir.jpg South Hanningfield Eleventh largest reservoir in England.
Hylands House and Park Hylands House.jpg Chelmsford Neoclassical villa situated in a large park best known as one of the locations of the annual V Festival. The house was built in 1730 by Sir John Comyns, with the neoclassical facade added in 1814 by Pierre Cesar Labouchere. Grade II* listed building.
RHS Garden, Hyde Hall Clover Hill at Hyde Hall.jpg Rettendon One of four public gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society, receiving around 130,000 visitors per year.
Stock Windmill Stock mill.jpg Stock Preserved tower mill built in c. 1816. Grade II* listed building.


Name Image Location Description
Abberton Reservoir Abberton 080307.jpg Layer de la Haye Freshwater storage reservoir which is the largest freshwater body in Essex and fourth largest in England. Notable for its biodiversity, including golden plovers, gadwalls, shovellers, teals and cormorants, as well as its use by the RAF's 617 Squadron (the Dam Busters) for practice runs for the bombing of German dams during the Second World War. Designated Special Protection Area.
Balkerne Gate The Balkerne Gate, Colchester, with man in for scale.jpg Colchester 1st-century Roman gateway which is the largest Roman gateway surviving in Britain and was built where the Roman road from Londinium intersected the town wall. Grade I listed building.
Church of St Leonard at the Hythe, Colchester St. Leonard's church, Hythe, Essex - - 190578.jpg The Hythe Redundant Anglican church which, for a long time, served as the church of the port of Colchester. Royalist soldiers took refuge here during the English Civil War and bullet holes from this incident survive in the door. Grade II* listed building.
Church of St Peter & St Paul, West Mersea Church of St Peter and St Paul - West Mersea - - 661142.jpg West Mersea Church believed to have been founded around the 7th century under which a large mosaic floor was found in 1730, with Richard Grough finding further evidence of Roman remains around the church in 1764.
Colchester Castle Colchester castle 800.jpg Colchester An example of a largely complete Norman castle which contains a museum dedicated to the long and varied history of Colchester. Grade I listed building.
Colchester Railway Station Colchesterrear.jpg Colchester Victorian railway station opened in 1843.
Colchester Roman Town Wall The Roman Town Wall, Head Street to the Balkerne Gate 3.JPG Colchester First town walls in Britain, predating other such walls in the province by at least 150 years. Grade I listed building.
Colchester Town Hall Colchester Town Hall.jpg Colchester Edwardian baroque edifice by John Belcher and headquarters of local government. Grade I listed building.
Colchester Zoo Two zebras in Colchester Zoo - Flickr.jpg Colchester Zoo which receives around 800,000 visitors per year. It is home to many rare and endangered species, including big cats, primates and birds.
Dedham Vale Cmglee Manningtree Dedham Vale.jpg Dedham Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty comprising the area around the River Stour best known since the artist's lifetime as Constable Country, as it was made famous by the paintings of John Constable.
East Anglian Railway Museum Chappel Wakes Colne station EARM.jpg Wakes Colne Museum with a wide collection of locomotives and rolling stock, some of which are fully restored, two are converted into Thomas and Toby replicas while others are undergoing repair and restoration. It also plays host to three popular annual events: the Winter Beer Festival, the Cider Festival and the Summer Beer Festival.
Firstsite Colchester mosaic.jpg Colchester Contemporary art gallery featuring works by artists including J. M. W. Turner, Henry Moore and Grayson Perry.
Historic Centre of Colchester Colchester town center.jpg Colchester Historic town claimed to be the oldest in Britain, as the oldest recorded Roman town in the country. It features a wide variety of historic buildings from various eras of its long history, and is also a major shopping area with a prominent market.
Hollytrees Museum Holly Trees (museum) 2013-09-02 23-05-18.jpg Colchester Local history museum located in a house built by Elizabeth Cornelisen in 1718. Grade I listed building.
Holy Trinity Church, Colchester Holy Trinity Church Colchester - - 1590809.jpg Colchester Anglo-Saxon church built c. 1020, making it the oldest surviving church building in Colchester. Its churchyard includes the graves of William Gilbert, discoverer of electromagnetism, and the composer John Wilbye. It is now a café and youth venue for arts and music. Grade I listed building.
Jumbo Water Tower Jumbo Water Tower, Colchester, Essex, UK photographed by Ritchie Hicks.jpg Colchester Victorian water tower built in 1883 which was claimed at the time to be the second largest water tower in England. Grade II* listed building.
Layer Marney Tower Layer marney2.jpg Layer Marney Tudor palace, composed of buildings, gardens and parkland, dating from 1520. It is in many ways the apotheosis of the Tudor gatehouse, and is the tallest example in Britain, as well as being a rare combination of brick and terracotta construction.
Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove Bluebottle Grove, Colchester - - 142655.jpg Colchester Banks and ditches of a series of late Iron Age defences protecting the western side of Camulodunum – pre-Roman Colchester.
Mersea Island West Mersea beach 2.JPG Mersea Island Island used as a holiday destination in Roman Britain for occupants of Camulodunum which became popular with smugglers from the 16th to the 19th centuries and became a focal point for troops in both world wars, with a number of observation posts still present on the island.
Messing Maypole Mill Messing Maypole mill.jpg Tiptree Grade II listed tower mill which has been converted to a residence.
Old St Mary's Church, West Bergholt St. Mary's church, West Bergholt, Essex - - 145281.jpg West Bergholt Redundant Anglican church, the oldest parts of which are Saxon, its north wall dating from about 1000. Grade I listed building.
St. Botolph's Priory StBotolph'sPriory Colchester.JPG Colchester Ruins of a Medieval Augustinian religious house which was the first and leading Augustinian convent in England until its dissolution in 1536.
St. Helen’s Chapel, Colchester St Helen's Chapel, Colchester - - 188765.jpg Colchester Dedicated to Saint Helena, the 14th-century Chronicle of Colchester states that the chapel was founded by the saint herself and refounded by Eudo Dapifer in 1076. Most of the present building dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, incorporating Roman brick.
St. John’s Abbey Gatehouse StJohn'sAbbeyGatehouse Colchester.jpg Colchester Remains of a Benedictine monastic institution founded in 1095 and dissolved in 1539.
University of Essex Wivenhoe Park Campus University of Essex - Albert Sloman Library.png Colchester Central campus of the University of Essex, ranked ninth in the UK for the quality of its research in 2008.
Wilkin & Sons Factory and Visitor Centre Wilkins Entrace.jpg Tiptree Factory founded in 1885 which makes preserves, marmalades and associated products. The Visitor Centre features a tearoom, shop, and museum about the company's history, jam-making, and village life.

Epping Forest

Name Image Location Description
Copped Hall Copped Hall west.jpg Epping Georgian country house built by John Conyers in 1751-58, at one time known as the premier house of Essex. Grade II* listed building.
Epping Forest Epping Forest Centenary Walk 2 - Sept 2008.jpg Epping Area of ancient woodland and former royal forest, now managed by the City of London Corporation. It contains areas of woodland, grassland, heath, rivers, bogs and ponds, and most of it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Epping Ongar Railway Ongar station look east3.JPG Loughton Heritage railway which was the final section of the Great Eastern Railway branch line before being closed by London Underground in 1994, then reopened between 2004 and 2007 as a preserved railway offering a volunteer-run Class 117 DMU service between Ongar and Coopersale.
Greensted Church 'Church of St Andrew' Greensted, Ongar, Essex England - from the south-west.JPG Greensted The oldest wooden church in the world, and probably the oldest wooden building in Europe still standing, albeit only in part, since few sections of its original wooden structure remain. The oak walls are often classified as remnants of a palisade church or a kind of early stave church, dated either to the mid-9th or mid-11th century.
Hill Hall Hill Hall, Theydon Mount (geograph 3375471).jpg Epping Elizabethan mansion containing internal wall-paintings that considered the most important surviving examples of Elizabethan decorative figure painting in England.
Historic Centre of Waltham Abbey Waltham Abbey, Essex - - 311778.jpg Waltham Abbey Historic market town that takes its name from the Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross, a scheduled monument that was prominent in the town's early history.
Lopping Hall Loughton, Lopping Hall - - 548944.jpg Loughton Opened in 1884 in compensation for the loss of the right to lop wood in Epping Forest and now used mainly for amateur drama performances.
Loughton Hall Loughton Loughton The most significant of the great houses of this period, built as country retreats for wealthy City merchants and courtiers and owned by Mary I two months before she became queen in 1553.
North Weald Airfield North Weald ATC - - 268851.jpg North Weald Bassett Operational general aviation aerodrome established in 1916, which played an important role during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War, when it acted as an RAF station. It is now home to a museum and several historic aircraft.
Waltham Abbey Bridge and Gatehouse Waltham Abbey Gateway - - 1030421.jpg Waltham Abbey Fine 14th-century gatehouse and bridge that are amongst the oldest remains of one of the great monastic foundations of the Middle Ages. Owned and managed by English Heritage.
Waltham Abbey Church WalthamAbbey.JPG Waltham Abbey Having been a place of worship since the 7th century, the present building dates mainly from the early 12th century and is an example of Norman architecture. In the late Middle Ages, it was one of the largest church buildings in England and a major site of pilgrimage; in 1540 was the last religious community to be closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills Napoleonic battle reenactment at Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills.jpg Waltham Abbey One of three Royal Gunpowder Mills in the UK and the only site to have survived virtually intact, having been in operation for over 300 years.


Name Image Location Description
Gibberd Garden The Gibberd Garden (2).jpg Harlow Garden designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd with modern sculptures and curios.
New Town of Harlow Bird by Hebe Comerford.jpg Harlow A 'Phase I' new town built after World War II to ease overcrowding in London and the surrounding areas due to the mass devastation caused by the bombing during the Blitz.
St. Mary's Church, Harlow St Mary's Church, Churchgate Street - - 1576708.jpg Old Harlow Grade II listed church which is the best known example of the architecture of Old Harlow before it was engulfed by the new town of Harlow. Its former Chapel, which is in a ruinous state in a field which was once the Harlowbury Abbey part of Old Harlow, is Grade I listed and is a scheduled monument.


Name Image Location Description
Burnham-on-Crouch Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Clubhouse Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Burnham-on-Crouch.jpg Burnham-on-Crouch Clubhouse designed by Joseph Emberton in 1931 which represented Britain's contribution to the International Exhibition of Modern Architecture held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1932. Grade II* listed building.
Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall St Peters Chapel.jpg Bradwell-on-Sea Among the oldest largely intact Christian church buildings 19th oldest building in England, dating from the 7th century. It is one of the oldest functioning churches in the country. Grade I listed building.
Historic Centre of Maldon and its Seafront Maldon High Street.jpg Maldon Historic fishing town on Blackwater Estuary.
Mangapps Railway Museum BR Standard Class 4 No 80078 Harmans Cross railway station Swanage Railway heritage railway Dorset.jpg Burnham-on-Crouch Heritage railway centre containing 0.75 miles (1.21 km) of standard gauge demonstration train-track and a museum.
Maldon District Agricultural & Domestic Museum The Maldon and District Agricultural and Domestic Museum, Goldhanger, Essex - - 172860.jpg Maldon Museum featuring vintage farm machinery and equipment, agriculture tools and household items.
Thalatta Sailing Barge Thalatta River Blackwater 2004.jpg Maldon Thames sailing barge built in 1906 whose home port is Maldon.


Name Image Location Description
London Southend Airport Southend Airport terminal building 02.jpg Rochford International airport which served as London's third-busiest airport during the 1960s and remains a major airport serving London.
Rayleigh Castle Rayleigh Castle - Top of the motte - - 211114.jpg Rayleigh Earthwork remains of a large 11th-century motte-and-bailey castle built shortly after the Norman Conquest.
Rayleigh Windmill Rayleigh Windmill at night.jpg Rayleigh Tower mill built in 1809 which has been restored as a landmark and is used as a museum. Grade II listed building.
Rochford Hall Rochford Hall - - 302375.jpg Rochford Manor built in 1216 and former home to Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn. Grade I listed building.


Name Image Location Description
Adventure Island Adventure Island at Southend - - 903768.jpg Southend-on-Sea Amusement park with 32 different rides, as well as attractions including a gift shop and catering outlets.
Cliffs Pavilion The Cliffs Pavilion - - 734107.jpg Westcliff-on-Sea Major theatre that has hosted a variety of acts including Oasis, Blur, Paul McCartney, Gloria Gaynor and One Direction.
Historic Centre of Southend-on-Sea and its Seafront Southend aerial 220608.jpg Southend-on-Sea Historic seaside town and the main seaside resort in southern Essex, with the connection to the sea being important to the identity of the local people. It contains a number of important Victorian buildings.
Prittlewell Priory PrittlewellPriory.JPG Prittlewell 12th-century Cluniac priory founded as a cell to the Priory of St Pancras at Lewes, Sussex. It was one of the lesser monasteries housing not more than 18 monks.
Roots Hall Stadium Roots Hall 2007.jpg Southend-on-Sea Home ground of the Football League Two club Southend United F.C. and the largest football stadium in Essex.
Southchurch Hall Southchurch Hall, front - - 314982.jpg Southchurch Early 14th-century half-timbered manor house with period rooms depicting life in different centuries. Grade I listed building.
Southend Central Museum Central Museum Southend.jpg Southend-on-Sea Museum opened in 1981 housing collections of local and natural history and containing a planetarium constructed by astronomer Harry Ford in 1984. It previously served as Southend's first free public library. Grade II listed building.
Southend Pier Southend Pier Autumn 2007 - crop.jpg Southend-on-Sea Longest pleasure pier in the world. Grade II listed building.
St. Laurence and All Saints Church, Eastwood St Laurence, Eastwood - - 339484.jpg Eastwood 11th-century Anglicanism church believed to be one of the finest and most important small medieval churches in South Essex. Grade I listed building.


Name Image Location Description
Beth Chatto Gardens Beth Chatto garden, Elmstead Market 1.jpg Elmstead Market Informal collection of ecological gardens created by plantswoman Beth Chatto in 1960 from the gravel soil and bogs of the disused fruit farm belonging to her husband Andrew Chatto.
Clacton Pier Clacton pier 700.jpg Clacton-on-Sea Pleasure pier opened on 27 July 1871, officially being the first building erected in the then-new resort of Clacton-on-Sea. A wooden structure 160 yards (150 m) in length and 4 yards (3.7 m) wide, the pier served as a landing point for goods and passengers, a docking point for steamships operated by the Woolwich Steam Packet Company, and a popular spot for promenading.
Dovercourt High Lighthouse Tall lighthouse - - 539381.jpg Dovercourt Cast iron lighthouse used until 1917 to guide ships around Landguard Point along with Dovercourt Low Lighthouse; the two lights aligned indicated the right course.
Dovercourt Low Lighthouse Low lighthouse, Dovercourt - - 748617.jpg Dovercourt Cast iron lighthouse used until 1917 to guide ships around Landguard Point along with Dovercourt High Lighthouse; the two lights aligned indicated the right course.
Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm - - 2091181.jpg Clacton-on-Sea 172 MW wind farm about 7 kilometres off the Clacton-on-Sea coast in the Northern Thames Estuary.
Halfpenny Pier, Harwich The Halfpenny Pier at Harwich - - 40531.jpg Harwich Pier. The name derives from the toll charged to users of the pier.
Harwich High Lighthouse High Lighthouse, Harwich - - 539191.jpg Harwich The higher of stone twin lighthouses designed by John Rennie Senior. In 1836 the lease on the lights was purchased by Trinity House, but in 1863 they were declared redundant due to a change the position of the channel used by ships entering and leaving the port, caused by shifting sands.
Harwich Redoubt Harwich Redoubt 01 - general view.JPG Harwich Circular fort built in 1808 to defend Harwich from Napoleonic invasion.
Harwich Royal Navy Dockyard Harwich treadwheel crane.jpg Harwich Dockyard established in 1652 as it was ideally positioned for readying the fleet in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. Thereafter its importance waned; it ceased to operate as a Royal Dockyard in 1713, but was leased to a succession of private operators under whom naval and commercial shipbuilding continued.
Harwich Maritime Museum Harwich Maritime Museum - - 540656.jpg Harwich The lower of stone twin lighthouses designed by John Rennie Senior. In 1836 the lease on the lights was purchased by Trinity House, but in 1863 they were declared redundant due to a change the position of the channel used by ships entering and leaving the port, caused by shifting sands. It has now been converted into a maritime museum.
Historic Centre of Clacton-on-Sea and its Seafront Town centre fountain, Clacton.JPG Clacton-on-Sea Historic seaside town and the largest town in the Tendring peninsula.
Historic Centre of Frinton-on-Sea and its Seafront Frinton-on-sea (274636193).jpg Frinton-on-Sea Small seaside town which developed in the late 1890s.
Manningtree Railway Station Manningtree station in 2013 - up side exterior.JPG Manningtree Victorian railway station opened in 1846.
Mistley Railway Station Mistley station from the road 2011.jpg Mistley Victorian railway station opened in 1854.
Mistley Towers Mistley towers 700.jpg Mistley The twin towers of the now demolished Church of St. Mary the Virgin, designed by Robert Adam in 1776.
Naze Naze landscape.jpg Walton-on-the-Naze Headland projecting into the North Sea notable as an important site for migrating birds, including wintering ducks and brant geese.
Naze Tower The Naze Tower.jpg Walton-on-the-Naze Hanoverian navigational tower, constructed to assist ships on this otherwise fairly feature-less coast. Visitors can climb the 111-step spiral staircase to the top of the 86-foot (26 m) tower for a 360 degree view of the beach and countryside.
Ramsey Windmill Ramsey 1920.jpg Ramsey Grade II listed post mill.
Thorrington Tide Mill Thorrington Tide Mill 201.jpg Thorrington Tide mill built in 1831. Grade II* listed building.
Trinity House Offices, Harwich Trinity House, Harwich.jpg Harwich Headquarters of Trinity House completed in 2005.
Walton Maritime Museum Walton Maritime Museum, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex - - 195823.jpg Walton-on-the-Naze Museum of natural and local history, featuring maritime artefacts including a restored James Stevens 14 lifeboat and located in a former lifeboat station.


Name Image Location Description
Baker Street Mill, Orsett Baker Street Mill.jpg Orsett Restored late 18th-century smock mill which has been part adapted to residential use on its lower two floors only. It is the oldest surviving smock mill in Essex. Grade II listed building.
Coalhouse Fort Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury UK.jpg East Tilbury Large casemated fort containing a museum of memorabilia from World War I and II.
Lakeside Shopping Centre Lakeside Shopping Centre 2013 by Highways Agency.jpg West Thurrock Large out-of-town shopping centre.
Ockendon Railway Station Ockendon station building.JPG South Ockendon Victorian railway station opened in 1892.
Orsett Hall Orsett Hall.jpg Orsett 2009 rebuilding of a 17th-century country house set in 12 acres of parkland which was destroyed by fire in 2007.
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge GreenhitheThames5346.JPG Thurrock Major road bridge over the River Thames.
State Cinema The State Nov 07.jpg Grays Grade II* listed former art-deco cinema.
Tilbury Fort Tilbury fort water gate.jpg Tilbury Fort built to defend London from attack from the sea, particularly during the Spanish Armada and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The defences were fully rebuilt as a bastion fort in the late 17th century and it is the finest surviving example of the military architecture of that era in England.


Name Image Location Description
Audley End House and Gardens AudleyEndHouse.JPG Saffron Walden Large 17th-century country house, which is considered to be one of the finest examples of Jacobean houses in England. It also includes gardens designed by Capability Brown and a large collection of art and taxidermy.
Audley End Miniature Railway Audley-end-miniature-railway-essex.jpg Saffron Walden Miniature Railway with Fairy and Elf Walk in the Capability Brown designed gardens and woodland.
Aythorpe Roding Windmill Aythorpe Roding mill.jpg Aythorpe Roding Post mill built c. 1779, which has been restored to working order and is the oldest working windmill in Essex. Grade II* listed building.
Bragg's Mill, Ashdon Ashdon Windmill - - 1219346.jpg Ashdon Restored post mill built in 1757, which is the oldest surviving post mill in Essex. Grade II listed building.
Bridge End Gardens Bridge End Gardens, Saffron Walden.jpg Saffron Walden Grade II* listed group of seven linked ornamental gardens.
Chapel of St Helen, Wicken Bonhunt Chapel of St. Helen, Bonhunt Farm, Essex - - 141822.jpg Wicken Bonhunt Religious building dating from the 11th century which is believed to be one of the oldest surviving buildings in the east of England.
Clavering Castle Clavering Essex, view from castle mound to church.JPG Clavering Pre-Norman ringworks and earthworks.
Clavering Windmills North Mill, Clavering.jpg Clavering Pair of Grade II listed tower mills which have both been converted to residential use.
Fry Art Gallery Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden.jpg Saffron Walden Art gallery best known for its displays of work by the Great Bardfield Artists, including Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious.
Hatfield Forest Hatfield Forest 1.png Hatfield Broad Oak 1,049 acres of woodland, wood pasture, lake and marsh. The only remaining intact Royal Hunting Forest and dates from the time of the Norman kings.
Historic Centre of Ashdon Farmhouse at Ashdon Place - - 290106.jpg Ashdon Small, historic village.
Historic Centre of Clavering Ford keeper cottage Clavering.jpg Clavering Small, historic village containing a number of historic buildings.
Historic Centre of Great Dunmow High Street, Great Dunmow - - 388676.jpg Great Dunmow Ancient market town, originally the site of a Roman settlement on Stane Street, which thrived during the Middle Ages. Many buildings survive from this period, including a 16th-century town hall.
Historic Centre of Saffron Walden Cmglee Saffron Walden market square.jpg Saffron Walden Historic market town and the administrative headquarters of Uttlesford District. The town retains a rural appearance and has buildings dating from the medieval period onwards.
Historic Centre of Stansted Mountfitchet Stansted Mountfitchet in 2006.jpg Stansted Mountfitchet Historic village of Saxon origin which contains a number of historic buildings.
Historic Centre of Thaxted Cmglee Thaxted almshouses windmill.jpg Thaxted Historic market town with over 1,000 years of history and a number of important historic buildings. It has been described as the best example of the juxtaposition of Medieval and Georgian architecture in Britain.
Historic Centre of Wicken Bonhunt Thatched cottage in Wicken Bonhunt - - 124842.jpg Wicken Bonhunt Small, historic village.
John Webb's Mill, Thaxted Thaxtead windmill.jpg Thaxted Tower mill built in 1804 which had been restored to working order, being the oldest working tower mill in Essex, but is currently out of action following the loss of a sail in April 2010. Grade II* listed building.
London Stansted Airport London Stansted Airport.JPG Stansted Mountfitchet Major international airport. It is a base for a number of major European low-cost carriers, being the largest base for low-cost airline Ryanair with over 100 destinations served by the airline. In 2014 it was the fourth busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester.
Prior's Hall Barn Prior's Hall Barn, Widdington, Essex - - 148378.jpg Widdington 15th-century timber-framed barn. One of the finest surviving medieval barns in eastern England, with a breathtaking aisled interior and crown post roof.
Saffron Walden Museum Cmglee Saffron Walden museum erratic.jpg Saffron Walden Established in 1835 by Saffron Walden Natural History Society.
Saffron Walden Turf Maze Saffron walden maze.jpg Saffron Walden Largest turf maze in Europe.
Stansted Mountfitchet Castle Mountfitchet Castle - - 188986.jpg Stansted Mountfitchet Norman ringwork and bailey fortification that was reconstructed in 1980 as a tourist attraction.
Stansted Mountfitchet Railway Station Stansted Mountfitchet railway station building in 2008.jpg Stansted Mountfitchet Victorian railway station opened in 1845.
Stansted Mountfitchet Windmill Stansted Mountfitchet mill.jpg Stansted Mountfitchet Grade II* listed tower mill which has been restored and can turn by wind. Scheduled monument.
St. Margaret’s Church, Wicken Bonhunt St. Margaret's church, Wicken Bonhunt, Essex - - 141801.jpg Wicken Bonhunt Parish church, parts of which, including the chancel, are 13th century. The interior includes a font that is thought to date from the 12th century. Grade II* listed building.
St. Mary & St. Clement Church Clavering Essex church.JPG Clavering Largely 15th-century church, but contains some features from a pre-medieval church that stood on the site. Notable objects include the carved Elizabethan pulpit and stained glass.
St Mary's Church, Chickney Chickney Church (geograph 647974).jpg Chickney Redundant church dating from a time before the Norman conquest, from either the late 10th or the early 11th century. Grade I listed building.
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Saffron Walden St Marys Church, Saffron Walden.jpg Saffron Walden Largest parish church in Essex. It dates mainly from the end of the 15th century, when an old smaller church was extensively rebuilt in flint.
Thaxted Guildhall Thaxted guildhall.JPG Thaxted Town hall dating from around 1450, and the centrepiece of the historic centre of Thaxted.
Walden Castle Walden castle.jpg Saffron Walden Ruins of a medieval castle built during the Anarchy of the 12th century.
White Roding Windmill Old Mill, White Roding - - 1206556.jpg White Roding Preserved tower mill built in 1877. Grade II listed building.

Former Essex

Additionally, there are a number of other places within the historic boundaries of Essex. They still form part of the Essex cultural: some of those places have therefore been included below:

Barking and Dagenham

Now forms part of Greater London as the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.


Now forms part of Greater London as the London Borough of Havering.


Now forms part of Greater London as the London Borough of Newham.


Now forms part of Greater London as the London Borough of Redbridge.

Tower Hamlets

Now forms part of Greater London as the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Waltham Forest

Now forms part of Greater London as the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

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