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.
Explore this decadent Jacobean mansion house and meet the staff in the Victorian Service Wing. Wander the tranquil gardens created by 'Capability' Brown, and enjoy stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside. Then gallop across to see the horses in the Victorian stable yard, and run, jump and climb in the children's play area.
In quiet corners of the preserve factory he carefully stored away pictures, documents and redundant machines. Then, as the business approached its Centenary celebrations, "Mr. John", as he is known, asked for room to display some of his hoard.
Our integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as extensive learning opportunities and artist's support initiatives. Over the last fifteen years firstsite has gained a strong reputation by presenting ambitious work to new audiences in the East of England and beyond.
The EARM is a living heritage site based at Chappel railway station. We are situated on the edge of breathtaking Constable Country and adjacent to one of the largest railway viaducts in Eastern England. Our original Victorian buildings, restored trains, carriages and Signal Boxes tell a unique story of railways and people's lives in East Anglia from the 1840s to the present day.
A stunning coffee house in the heart of Britain’s oldest recorded town, Claudius Gateway is one of Colchester’s newest tourist attractions. Roman ruins, lit up and visible behind glass, form the backdrop of the stylish coffee house which has set to become an important tourist attraction in the town.View on map
From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its bestView on map
Covering thousands of years of history, a visit to one of our museums or art galleries will take you on a fascinating journey through time!View on map
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.View on map
As you step inside Colchester Zoo you are transported into a world full of magnificent animals waiting to be discovered. Learn about the animals as you see them up close and why not watch one of many daily displays, feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the "Lost Madagascar Express" road train!View on map