Explore the top stately homes and gardens in Essex - plus 57 recommended sightseeing days out in the area. Get started on your next family adventure here. The history and heritage of our county's historic homes is not only contained within their walls but it also stretches out into the land surrounding. Historic Houses in Essex, part of the Essex Travel guide at Britain Express, highlighting attractions, history, and visitor information. This page lists Audley End.
Essex is unusually well supplied with a wealth of historic houses and buildings that all make a fantastic day out for all the family. Keen to step into the past and experience the grandeur of days gone by? Walk into the world of these incredible stately homes, country houses. The history and heritage of our county's historic homes is not only contained within their walls but it also stretches out into the land surrounding.
The history and heritage of our county's historic homes is not only contained within their walls but it also stretches out into the land surrounding. Essex is unusually well supplied with a wealth of historic houses and buildings that all make a fantastic day out for all the family. Discover the UK's leading heritage estates, featuring over properties Essex Free to members. Ingatestone Hall is a 16th-century mansion built by Sir.
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With acres of endless parkland and a Grade II listed stately home stately Hylands Estate is the perfect place for a family day out. The elegant home boasts beautifully restored rooms from both the Victorian and Georgian eras; perfect if you're an avid lover of ageless architecture. Take a stroll through the stunning, wheelchair friendly Victorian gardens or ancient woodlands. Tickets are free for those under the age of Let the adventurous kids explore and have fun at the award-winning adventure playground.
Kids will also love the horse-drawn carriage rides at Hylands Estate. Layer Marney, Nr. Take a walk around the 16th century lavish home to view ornate terracotta decorations, patterned brickwork essex elaborate glasswork. Why not book a popular group tour of the tower and grounds? Take a circular walk throughout the grounds taking you past pygmy goats, Castlemilk Moorit sheep and horses. Before you leave, take a look around the gift shop for some one-of-a-kind souvenirs, toys and postcards.
Once essex known as the essexx and homes luxurious home in the Jacobean era, visitors adored and still love walking around its opulent halls, libraries and 18th himes gothic essex chapel. Take a bite to eat at homes large Servants Hall Tea Room, serving locally-sourced food and drink from soup to sandwiches. Take essex relaxing walk around the Gardens, the gold winner of Anglia in Bloom Awardsdesigned by two of the most influential designers of the 18th century.
Kids can climb up a wooden mansion and ride wooden horses. The lavish Stately II home was built back in - ho,es its fine staircase and stately Venetian windows. Take part in one of the mansions raved-about creative workshops and learn a new skill, creating lavender bags, flower arranging or painting.
There are also lots of fun events for children throughout the year, from Halloween stately arts and crafts to nature trails. Valentines Mansion is host to one of the best in the area. Our featured hojes is less than an hour away from Valentines by car. Marvel at homes stained glass homes, unique handmade interiors and gothic designs.
Take a historic walk through the gardens, where ancestors have walked since the 15th century and homes the spectacular large moat. Stumble upon the famous two-dimensional brick-paved maze, a huge sculptured cedar tree and Baron Munchausen's Galleon.
Stop by for afternoon tea or order from the seasonal menu that incorporates fresh produce essex the garden and farm. The Grade I listed building homes grounds is an unexpected gem, nestled in bustling Barking, a place where all the stately can learn about Elizabethan living and enjoy an unforgettable day out. Buzzing kids can enjoy a varied programme of workshops and events wtately offer, including a monthly themed Family Funday. See the great interactive exhibits and unique stalls where you can learn about ancient crafts, essex to whittle wood and spin wool.
The unspoilt brick Tudor manor house stately gardens make for an ideal place to relax and unwind. Admire the walled garden in all its original glory, together with bee boles that have been actively used by homes living at Eastbury over the centuries, for its delicious honey. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of cream tea and homemade scone or homes at Eastbury Kitchen and take a pleasant stroll around the immaculate gardens that adorn the manor.
The manor is 27 miles from our featured essex park. On specified days throughout the summer, visitors can explore the glorious stately home that is Ingatestone Hall. The hall remains a private family residence and no doubt because of this, numerous visitors throughout the essex have statwly on its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Its original Tudor form and architecture from AD still stately - stare in awe at picturesque high chimneys, mullioned windows, oak panelled rooms and crow-step gables. Why not take a grand tour?
Why not take a walk around the quaint but essex gardens and tree lined lake, where you can go dragonfly spotting. Finish off at the Summer Parlour Cafe for homemade cakes and mini savoury tarts. Just a short walk away from the beach, cafes and within driving distance of some great days out with the family. Here is a homes of the best stately homes in Essex for the perfect family day out. What better than hearing essex tumble of waves through large patio doors and the smell of fresh sea air through essex windows.
You may be asking yourself where the best place to settle down for retirement is? Explore a world of comfort and seaside breezes off the beaten path. Choosing the fixtures and fittings, enjoying the smell of fresh paint and new carpets as well as the fresh look of an untouched homes. Buying a new park home comes with the same level of enjoyment.
Menu T: E: info omar. Stately Homes and Gardens to Visit in Essex for all the Family Essex is scattered with xtately stately homes and country manors, once occupied by aristocrats and pioneers of their time.
Surprisingly enough, it actually boasts more listed buildings than Suffolk and Norfolk — both larger counties. Amongst the selection of castles, unusual houses and structures of historical importance such as Tilbury Fort and Colchester Castle , are a selection of stately homes that are mostly open to the public. Essex has many wonderful stately homes that are open to the public. Here are some of our favourites. Among the interesting stately homes in Essex, the following offer an interesting day out.
A magnificent Jacobean mansion house, this English Heritage property offers plenty to see and do. You can explore the house with its many beautiful interiors which include neo-Classic rooms, a Gothic chapel and rare 18th Century tapestries. There are also outdoor games for families to enjoy. The Victorian kitchen is well worth a look as is the Adam-designed suite of rooms on the ground floor.
On view are spectacular state apartments, an 18th century gothic-style chapel and the contrast of large and tiny rooms such as the great hall and small dressing rooms. The saloon room features mythical sea creatures and ships in plaster. Over the following years a series of restorations took place culminating in the final phase completed in that restored the year old property to its Victorian splendour. Inside, along with the spectacular grand staircase is a remarkable gilded Drawing Room and ornate Banqueting Room.
This 16th century manor house stands in ten acres of gardens in open countryside about a mile from Ingatestone and retains much of its original Tudor feel. It was built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and is occupied by his descendants to this day.
Ingatestone Hall is a real Tudor time warp with its mullioned windows, oak-panelled interiors, high chimneys, two intact priest hiding places, dark rooms and art and furniture collected over the years.
See here for more information and photos. Sited in old Essex, This Elizabethan property originally stood in an isolated, raised position with commanding views over the River Thames and marshland to its south. The exterior retains its original appearance, but aspects of the interior fell into decay before the National Trust purchased it in saving it from demolition.
Over the years since it has been a local museum and, following a recent refurbishment with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, provides a local community resource for school visits, evening events and weddings. Although owned by English Heritage, Hill Hall — near Epping — has mainly been converted into private apartments.
Part of the interior containing a number of significant Elizabethan paintings is open to the public. See here for more details and some photos.
Farm animals include sheep, Suffolk Punches, goats and donkeys. Also on site: Tearoom. Opening times: Gardens: 11am-5pm. House: 12noon-4pm. Under 5s free. This stately home has many treasures, including a splendid art collection largely collected by the Earl of Arlington who built Euston Hall between and Home to the Dukes of Grafton for over years, it was originally H - shaped and modelled on a characteristic Suffolk Tudor House.
The 2nd Duke remodelled it in , using designs by Matthew Brettingham who went on to design Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The Park was designed by the noted landscaper and polymath William Kent in the mid 18th Century and is one of only seven surviving Kentian landscapes in Britain; it features an eye-catching octagonal folly and the Church of St Genevieve. Opening times: Visitors can walk in the long yew tree avenues and visit the newly restored Hall on select dates in when it will be open from 10am-1pm.
There will be a tea room for light refreshments on the Open Days. Despite being built during the Wars of the Roses, Oxburgh Hall was never intended to be a castle but a family home.
Completed in for Sir Edmund Bedingfeld, it has housed the family for often tumultuous years. It survived a dreadful fire during the Civil War, periods of near dereliction and a threat of demolition.
Oxburgh stands within a square moat about 75 metres on each side. The entrance, reached by a three-arched bridge, is dramatised by a grand fortified gatehouse. The hall is well known for its priest hole and wall hangings. Opening times: House: Open daily, 11am—5pm.
Gardens, Tearoom and Shop: Open daily, This moated manor house was built by John Tollemache in and has been owned by the Tollemache family ever since. The house is built around a courtyard in typical Tudor style and is set in a beautiful park with year-old oak trees and red deer.
The exceptional gardens feature a 19th century box parterre, edged with a spring border, an Elizabethan kitchen garden and double cruciform herbaceous border, all surrounded by a Saxon moat. The house is not open to the public. This Georgian country house has formed part of the Sandringham estate since and was a wedding gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from the Queen. Paid for from Royal family funds, this included a new roof, kitchen, a conservatory designed by architect Charles Morris and an extensive tree-planting programme to afford the Duke and Duchess greater privacy.
The house and grounds are not open to the public. Set in a 5, acre estate, Somerleyton is a beautifully preserved Tudor mansion. The formal gardens feature a yew hedge maze, created by William Andrews Nesfield in , and a ridge and furrow greenhouse designed by Joseph Paxton, the architect of The Crystal Palace. There is also a walled garden, aviary, a loggia and a 90 metre pergola covered with roses and wisteria. The house is now held by Hugh Crossley, 4th Baron Somerleyton and the family live there.
Entrance is by tour only and Wednesday is garden only. Melford Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan house set in acres of parkland and lakes.
It played host to Queen Elizabeth I in The abbots of Bury St Edmunds used a medieval building on the site which was incorporated into the Elizabethan structure.
They still farm its 3,acre estate though the hall is now part of the National Trust. Beatrix Potter visited her cousin at Melford Hall many times and visitors can see the room she used and the gifts she left behind. Also on site: Tearoom and gift shop. Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays , 12noon—5pm. The State Rooms were sumptuously decorated by William Kent.
Walpole spared no expense although he only visited Norfolk twice a year. Also on site: Cafes, play area and pop up shop. House: 12noon Gardens: 11am—4pm last admission. This elegant 18th Century Palladian-style mansion is very much a home which the family take pride in sharing with visitors. The Marble Hall is spectacular, with its 50ft pressed plaster dome ceiling and walls of English alabaster not marble as its name implies. Stairs lead to magnificent state rooms displaying superb collections of ancient statuary, original furniture, tapestries and paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude, Gaspar Poussin and Gainsborough.
Work on the park commenced in — following designs by William Kent. The grounds are home to a large herd of Fallow Deer and a small herd of Red Deer. A project is underway to restore the six acres of walled garden originally laid by Samuel Wyatt in the late s. Park: Open from April 1 to October 31, 9am—5pm, daily. Built on the foundations of the Tudor manor house, supposed to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, the imposing Jacobean Blickling Hall was built by Sir Henry Hobart after a lucrative career as a London lawyer.
Later alterations were carried out in the s and s, resulting in a marriage of Jacobean and Georgian styles. It was passed down through the Hobart and Kerr families over four centuries and contains many family portraits including works by Gainsborough and Reynolds.
Outside, features include an orangery and walled garden, topiary, secret garden and two tunnels perfect for hide and seek. Also on site: Shop, cafes and plant centre. Opening times: Open daily. House: 12noon—5pm: Gardens, 10am—5. A privately owned Grade I-listed Jacobean manor house in the heart of Suffolk. Built by Sir John Sulyard in , for almost two centuries the house was the centre of a 2, acre agricultural estate, mostly tenanted. It was reduced to around acres in the 19th century and the estate was sold to William Crawford a successful lawyer.
A fire gutted the north end of the house in and it was rebuilt in the Georgian style. In the 20th century, Alfred Williams MBE bought the property and started a long restoration before another fire gutted more than half the house. Restoration started again and Haughley Park, still owned by the Williams family, is now used for events and weddings. Opening hours: The house is not open to the public.
Built between and , this Georgian Italianate palace, in idyllic countryside just outside Bury St Edmunds, it is known for its impressive Rotunda - commmissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures and art. The eccentric, and sometimes infamous, Hervey family created the earliest Italianate garden in England.
In , the 4th Marquess presented the house and estate to the Treasury in lieu of death duties and it was then passed to the National Trust. Opening times:. Open daily. Gardens: 9am—5. Log in Register. Toggle navigation. What is Future50? Best Employers Business news Farming Future Big food story Recipes Reviews.
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From Tudor mansions to Georgian palaces, East Anglia is blessed with some of the country's best stately homes. Take a stroll into the past and peek into the lives of those who made their home in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Layer Marney Tower is Britain's tallest Tudor gatehouse.
Raynham Hall. Views around Audley End House and Gardens. Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich. Mannington Hall garden. Otley Hall. Daffodils in the sunshine, outside Sandringham House. Picture: Ian Burt. Gainsborough's House and garden. Glemham Hall. Felbrigg Hall. Hindringham Hall. Hoveton Hall, the new home for the Tour De Broads. Pic: Archant. Kentwell Hall at Long Melford, Suffolk. Picture: Denise Bradley.
Euston Hall, nr Thetford. Oxburgh Hall at Oxborough. Helmingham Hall. Anmer Hall on the Queen's Sandringham estate.