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Essex, located in the eastern part of England, is a captivating county that offers a diverse range of attractions for tourists. Known for its scenic countryside, charming villages, and vibrant coastal towns, Essex is a haven for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts.


Explore the enchanting landscapes of Epping Forest or venture to the stunning coastline of places like Southend-on-Sea. History buffs can delve into the county's rich heritage by visiting historical sites like Colchester Castle or Layer Marney Tower. With its blend of natural beauty, cultural treasures, and warm hospitality, Essex promises a memorable experience for every visitor.


Visit Colchester in 2023 and join in the celebrations.

Visit The City of Colchester, in 2023, and join in our Year of Celebration. Bringing a group to the city has never been easier with the launch of our group travel incentive scheme.

Simply register your interest with Visit Colchester and receive free reserved coach parking, complimentary refreshment vouchers and tickets to Colchester Castle Museum for drivers and guides as well as exclusive discounts for group visitors. Discover more

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Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo is one of Europe's finest zoos, with over 250 different species to see. Customer Services Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex CO3 0SL
​Tel: 01206 331292 Email: Web:
Hylands House & Estate
Hylands House is a stunning Grade II* listed building, steeped in history and set in 574 acres of landscaped parkland. Visitors can also enjoy the Pleasure Gardens and the recently restored Stables Visitor Centre. A range of group visit packages are available. Contact Hylands for full group visit information. Email: Web:

Adventure Island

Southend's popular amusement park, offering thrilling rides and family attractions. Great for a fun day out.
Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE   Tel: 01702 443400  Email:   Group discounts available.

Audley End House and Gardens

A stunning Jacobean mansion and beautiful gardens, with a variety of events and activities throughout the year. Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF
Tel: 0370 333 1181   Email:   Group discounts available.

Barleylands Farm Park

Family-friendly farm park with animal encounters, indoor play areas, and seasonal events.
Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD   Tel: 01268 290229
Email:   Group discounts available for 10 or more.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Beautiful, award-winning gardens showcasing ecological planting and a wide range of plants.
Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB   www.   Tel: 01206 822007
  Group discounts available.


Castle Point Transport Museum

Explore local transport history and heritage with vintage buses, coaches, and lorries on display.
Canvey Rd, Canvey Island SS8 0QF   www.   Tel: 01268 684272
  Group discounts available.

Chelmsford Cathedral

Historic Anglican cathedral with beautiful architecture, offering regular services and events.
53 New St, Chelmsford CM1 1TY   Tel: 01245 294492


Chelmsford Museum

Discover Chelmsford's history, art, and culture through engaging exhibits and interactive displays.
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ   www.
Tel: 01245 605700   Email:  Group discounts available.

Cressing Temple Barns

Historic site with beautiful gardens, medieval barns, and a Tudor walled garden.
Address: Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree CM77 8PD
Tel: 01376 584903   Email:   Group discounts available.

Colchester Castle
Explore 2000 years of history in this fascinating Norman castle, featuring interactive exhibits and events.
Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1TJ   Tel: 01206 282939  Email:   Group discounts available.

Colchester Zoo

Award-winning zoo with over 220 species of animals, interactive exhibits, and daily displays.
Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0SL   Tel: 01206 331292

Epping Forest District Museum
Discover local history, culture, and art at this engaging museum with interactive displays.

39-41 Sun St, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL   Tel: 01992 716882
  Group discounts available.

Finchingfield Guildhall

Explore this medieval guildhall, showcasing local history, and featuring a beautiful garden.
Church Hill, Finchingfield, Braintree CM7 4NN
Tel: 01371 811333   Email:   Group discounts available.

Flitch Way Country Park

Enjoy walking or cycling along this 15-mile disused railway line, rich in wildlife and history.

Braintree, Essex   Tel: 0345 603 7624
No group discounts mentioned.


Great Notley Country Park

A large country park with walking trails, play areas, and an outdoor gym.

Great Notley, Braintree CM77 7FS   Tel: 0345 603 7624

Hedingham Castle

A 900-year-old Norman keep, surrounded by beautiful gardens and hosting regular events.

Castle Hedingham, Halstead CO9 3DJ   Tel: 01787 460261

Email:   Group discounts available.

Layer Marney Tower

Tudor palace with stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and frequent events.
Layer Marney, Colchester CO5 9US   Tel: 01206 330784
Email:   Group discounts available.

Lee Valley Park Farms

Family-friendly farm park with animals, play areas, and seasonal events.
Stubbins Hall Ln, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF   Tel: 01992 892781
Email:   Group discounts available.


Marsh Farm

A family farm park with animal encounters, indoor and outdoor play areas, and seasonal events.
Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford CM3 5WP
Tel: 01245 321552   Email:   Group discounts available.

Mersea Island Vineyard

Visit the vineyard, taste local wines, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
Rewsalls Ln, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8SX
Tel: 01206 384933   Email:   Group discounts available.


Museum of Power

Explore the history of power generation, including a steam-driven water pumping station and classic vehicles. Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon CM9 6QA   Tel: 01621 843183

Email:   Group discounts available.

Orsett Hall Hotel and Spa

Luxurious hotel with a relaxing spa, beautiful gardens, and fine dining options.

Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Grays RM16 3HS   Tel: 01375 891402

Email:   Group discounts available.


Paradise Wildlife Park

A wildlife park with over 500 animals, interactive exhibits, and daily displays.

White Stubbs Ln, Broxbourne EN10 7QA   Tel: 01992 470490
Email:   Group discounts available.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Beautifully designed gardens showcasing a wide range of plants, with seasonal events and workshops.

Creephedge Ln, Rettendon, Chelmsford CM3 8ET   Tel: 01245 402019
Email:   Group discounts available.

Sealife Adventure Aquarium
Featuring a diverse range of marine life, interactive displays, and educational experiences.

Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER   Tel: 01702 442211 Email:   Group discounts available.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Historic WWI airfield and museum

With aircraft displays, exhibitions, and events.
Hackmans Ln, Purleigh, Chelmsford CM3 6RJ   Tel: 01245 429134
Email:  Group discounts available.

Thameside Nature Park

Explore wildlife-rich wetlands, grasslands, and woodlands in this nature reserve along the Thames Estuary.
Mucking Wharf Rd, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0RN   Tel: 01375 643342

The Gibberd Garde

Visit this unique, architecturally designed garden, featuring sculptures, ponds, and woodland.

Marsh Ln, Harlow CM17 0NA   Tel: 01279 442112
Email:   Group discounts available.


Tiptree Jam Museum and Tea Room

Learn about the history of jam making and enjoy delicious treats at the tea room.

Factory Hill, Tiptree, Colchester CO5 0RF   Tel: 01621 815407  Email:   Group discounts available.

Walton Pier

Family-friendly pier with amusement arcades, rides, and entertainment options.

Pier Approach, Walton-on-the-Naze CO14 8ES   Tel: 01255 672288
Email:    Group discounts available.

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