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Local attractions galore

A county of contrasts, Essex is steeped in history with an abundance of unique architectural, historic and natural treasures – offering everything that is great about the coast, the countryside and market towns in close proximity.


Visit the many beautiful museums and art galleries. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings. Explore quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges, where a unique and relaxing shopping experience can be found. Relax in the many beautiful pubs, restaurants and cafes.

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Colchester Castle & Museum

Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe. Constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain, the Castle Museum today reveals many fascinating layers of history to visitors. Archaeological collections of international quality covering 2,500 years of history are beautifully showcased, including of the most important Roman finds in Britain.

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Constable Country

Dedham Mill, the setting of many ‘Constable’ landscapes, is now converted for residential use. Flatford Mill is depicted in Constable’s painting of ‘The Haywain’ together with Willy Lott’s cottages. They can both be explored along the superb riverside walks. View a detailed map of the walk.

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Gainsborough House Museum, Sudbury

One of the greatest artists in the history of British art. Gainsborough House is home to the largest collection of Gainsborough work on display at any one time in Britain. The house itself dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting architectural features.

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The village of Kersey with its church crowning the hill on the south side, is regarded as one of the most picturesque villages in East Anglia. It possesses an important collection of medieval buildings but is also a vibrant village.

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Lavenham has been described as the "finest medieval town in England" and has more than 300 buildings listed as being of architectural and historical interest.

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The Quay Theatre

Shows include touring companies, great plays put on by Sudbury Dramatic Society, live music, films and art exhibitions.

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The Valley Walk

This walk takes in part of the old Great Eastern Long Melford to Sudbury railway line and visiting three old water mills and Sudbury Water Meadows en-route. Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9AA

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Town Trails

See the 'dancing bears’ or ‘blood-thirsty' peasants displaying the head of 'Simon of Sudbury’. The walk takes about an hour and starts at the TIC, where you can buy a leaflet full of short stories. For the more serious minded history buff, there is an official Town Trail booklet, produced by The Sudbury Society, telling you about the buildings around the town, and their history.

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