LINKS : DAYS OUT
Whether you live in the town or you are just visiting for a few days, there are a wide variety of tourist attractions in the surrounding area:
|› Audley End Miniature Railway|
A delightful 1.5 mile ride on Lord Braybrooke's private 10 ¼" gauge railway through Estate woodland. Children enjoy looking out for the teddies that live in the wood, while adults are reminded of a nostalgic era, especially on Sundays when steam engines haul the carriages.
|› Blake Hall Gardens|
The 25 acres of beautiful gardens include: a sunken garden, herbaceous border, wild areas, tropical house, rose garden, ice house, duck pond, Essex barn built in 1642 and arboretum. There is also a tropical house, an airscene museum and a maze.
|› Colne Valley Railway|
Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. Throughout the year, there are special 'Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine' events.
|› Epping Ongar Railway|
The Epping Ongar Railway runs through 6 miles of beautiful Essex countryside between Ongar and Coopersale every Sunday. We are mainly surrounded by fields and forest. Rabbits, pheasant and deer are often seen from our heritage diesel railcars.
|› Hatfield Forest|
A rare surviving example of a medieval royal hunting forest still with fallow deer grazing, Hatfield Forest is of great historic and ecological importance, having been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve.
|› Henry Moore Foundation|
A registered charity, set-up and generously endowed by Mr Moore in 1977 to advance the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts and in particular the works of Henry Moore.
|› Imperial War Museum Duxford|
Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum - as well as having one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country. This famous heritage site began as an airfield in WWI and also played a vital role in WWII, firstly as an RAF fighter station and later as an American fighter base.
|› Layer Marney Tower|
England's tallest Tudor gatehouse offers visitors magnificent views to the Blackwater estuary and beyond. As you climb the tower, stop at the History Room to learn more about the building's past and see the model of how Layer Marney Tower might have looked had Lord Marney lived to complete his palace.
|› Linton Zoological Gardens|
The emphasis is on conservation and education, while providing an enjoyable family day out. There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see, including grevys zebra, snow leopards, tigers, lions, tapirs, lemurs, binturongs, owls, parrots, giant tortoises, tarantula spiders and many others.
|› Marsh Farm Country Park|
Marsh Farm is a working farm where children can get close to farm animals and play safely in our adventure play areas. There is also a country park, which boasts excellent coastal walks and superb views of the River Crouch.
|› Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village|
A unique history time capsule, enabling the visitor to travel back to Norman England, as it was in 1066, and explore a motte & bailey castle and village on its original ancient site, steeped in history.
|› North Weald Airfield Museum|
Housed in the former RAF North Weald Station Office, adjacent to what was the main entrance to this former Battle of Britain Fighter Station, the museum is about the people who have lived, worked, flown, fought and died here since the airfield opened in 1916 and sets out to tell the story of an airfield that has protected London during two world wars.
|› Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey|
Set in 175 acres of natural parkland and boasting 21 buildings of major historic importance, the Royal Gunpowder Mills mix fascinating history, exciting science and beautiful surroundings to produce a magical day out for all.
|› Secret Nuclear Bunker|
We are currently the biggest and deepest cold war bunker open to the public in southeast England. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister, their collective task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.
|› Tropical Wings World of Wildlife|
Located at South Woodham Ferrers in Essex and set in acres of attractive gardens, Tropical Wings features one of the largest butterfly houses in the country. There are many different species of birds, insects and animals in the collection and we pride ourselves on encouraging interaction where possible.
|› Wimpole Hall and Home Farm|
The 2500 acre Wimpole Estate, situated eight miles south west of Cambridge, is managed by the National Trust and offers visitors the chance to visit the main house built mainly in the 18th Century, a landscaped park, gardens and a home farm.
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