Essex Houses and Gardens

A collection of glorious historic buildings and gardens spread across one amazing county.

Chosen for their distinctive character and atmosphere, each location is a place with a warm welcome, cafes or restaurants and plenty to do and see. Whether you’re after majestic architecture, natural beauty, living history, or cultivated splendour, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Essex Houses and Gardens. We welcome everyone, including groups (by appointment) to all our destinations for a fantastic day out.

Spencers Garden

100 acres of fine parkland and traditional woodland form the backdrop to this exquisite 18th century walled garden.

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall

This inspirational Essex garden will amaze you with its sweeping panoramas and stunningly styled gardens.

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Paycocke’s House and Garden

A stunning Tudor home in the beautiful historic village of Coggeshall. Full of amazing stories: come and discover the past.

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Marks Hall

Beautiful gardens, extensive woodlands, and an Arboretum containing trees from around the world - Marks Hall is just waiting to be explored.

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Layer Marney Tower

This dramatic Tudor building is set in beautiful gardens, and is ideal for families to explore.

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Hylands House and Estate

A magnificent example of an eighteenth century neo-classical villa that has something for all the family to enjoy.

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Hedingham Castle

Come and explore 900 years of history. Enjoy the Norman interiors, landscaped gardens, and special events at this unique location.

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The Gibberd Garden

Spend some time exploring this beautiful tranquil garden created by Sir Frederick Gibberd.

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The Beth Chatto Gardens

Come and explore these world famous gardens created by ten-times Chelsea Gold Medal winner Beth Chatto OBE.

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Bardfield Vineyard

A 1,000 acre estate including vineyard, woodland and gardens await you. Come for a tour and indulge in some wine tasting at this historic venue.

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Valentines Mansion and Gardens

Valentines Mansion has over 300 years of fascinating history just waiting for you to come and explore.

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Ingatestone Hall

A magnificent sixteenth century manor house standing in glorious grounds, Ingatestone Hall is full of historical secrets.

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Audley End House and Gardens

Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion.

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