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Castles in Essex – things to do in Essex

CASTLES IN ESSEX

Hadleigh Castle Essex in the sun copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh Castle Essex in the sun copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh Castle

Castle Lane, Essex, SS7 2PP

Tel: 01223 582700

The remains of this fortress constructed over seven centuries ago overlooks the Essex Marshes, The barbican and two towers still remain today.

I love it up there as it reminds me of my childhood and it’s great for picnics, walks, cycling (2012 Olympic mountain biking will be held there) kite flying or just chilling out with a lovely view.

Hadleigh castle sunset copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh castle sunset copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh Castle pathway copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh Castle pathway copyright Sandra M Dean

Me walking at Hadleigh Castle Essex

Me walking at Hadleigh Castle Essex

Hadleigh castle from the air copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh castle from the air copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh castle copyright Sandra M Dean

Hadleigh castle copyright Sandra M Dean

Harwich Redoubt Fort

www.harwich-society.co.uk

Behind 29 Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3LT

Tel: 01255 503429

Circular Fort 1808 ten guns.

Hedingham Castle

www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, C09 3DJ

Tel: 01787 460261

Hedingham Castle’s Norman keep, 110 feet high, was built c.1140 by Aubrey de Vere. There are four floors to explore, including a magnificent Banqueting Hall spanned by a remarkable 28 foot arch, one of the largest Norman arches in England. A good view of this splendid room can be obtained from the Minstrels’ Gallery, built within the thickness of the 12 foot walls. A visit to the castle and its beautiful grounds is ideal for a family outing, and during the summer there are a variety of special events which bring its colourful history alive. Come and enjoy one of our exciting Jousting Tournaments or other entertainments.

Rayleigh Mount

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-rayleighmount

Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7HQ

Tel: 01206 299056

Early medieval motte and bailey castle site, now an urban wildlife haven affording sweeping views. Adjacent windmill houses historical exhibition 

Tilbury Fort

 No 2 Office Block, The Fort, Tilbury, RM18 7NR

Tel: 01375 858489

Tilbury Fort is on the north, Essex, bank of the River Thames in England and was built to defend London from attack from the sea, particularly during the Spanish Armada and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The site is now cared for by English Heritage and opened to the public The best and largest example of 17th century military engineering in England, trace the history of this impressive fort from the time of Henry VIII up to World War II

Colchester Castle Museum

www.colchestermuseums.org.uk/castle/castle_index.html

A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you through 2000 years of some of the most important events in British history. Once capital of Roman Britain, Colchester has experienced devastation by Boudica (Boadicea), invasion by the Normans and siege during the English Civil War.

Since the 16th century, the Castle has been a ruin, a library and a gaol for witches. Today it is an award winning museum featuring many hands-on displays showing Colchester’s history from the Stone Age to the Civil War.

Mountfitchet Castle Experience

www.mountfitchetcastle.com

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP

Tel: 08456007245

Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, plus the House on the Hill Toy Museum and Dinosaur Encounters – an all in one family day out for all weathers!

Coalhouse Fort

www.coalhousefort.co.uk

Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8PB

Tel: 01375 677764

Coalhouse Fort, in its attractive riverside park setting, has links with centuries of coastal defence. A fine example of Victorian military architecture, the fort was operational throughout two World Wars.

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