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Tried and Tested Things to do in Essex

Looking for places to visit in Essex? Allow our team to share their wisdom and you might discover something unexpected…


Colchester Castle Museum

Built when Colchester was the first Roman capital in Britain, this impressive monument is the largest Norman keep in the whole of Europe and is positively bursting with things to do. In Essex you wouldn’t expect to find a castle, that’s for sure!

Here you can muse over 2500-year-old archaeological collections and immerse yourself in history. With various interactive displays and star exhibits like the Colchester Mercury Statuette, you can try your hand at steering a chariot, build a Norman archway or marvel over a large ‘Son et lumiere’ projection. When you stay with us, you will be half an hour drive from Colchester’s historic castle, so it’s a brilliantly convenient day trip.


High Woods Country Park

High Woods Country Park offers one of the most serene walks in Essex. This stunning county park is full of waymarked routes that will see you wander through bluebell woods, catch glimpses of the lake and spy wonderful wildflower meadows.

It also offers breath-taking views of Colchester. A fantastic location for a romantic walk, it also makes for a great day out with family as they have various adventure play areas for the kids to have fun.

High Woods is one of the most natural things to do in Essex and our beautiful hotel and resort is just over half an hour away from this fantastic day out.



The Firstsite contemporary art museum is just 30 minutes from our hotel and it is a must-see if you are visiting. Offering stunning exhibitions sourced from both local and internationally renowned artists, they also run various events through the year and provide learning workshops to help develop your artistic capabilities.

There are also live opera and ballet screenings occasionally, which you won’t want to miss.



Colchester is a spectacular place for shopping. With a range of quirky, independent shops alongside all the big brand high street names and department stores, you are sure to find something special in Colchester town centre.

Boasting regular market days on the high street, (expect a range of fresh local produce and hand-crafted gifts) Colchester certainly provides an unforgettable shopping experience.


We hope you are able to choose some things to do in Essex from our list.


With this many places to visit in Essex, you’re sure to want to make a weekend of it. For the best rates, book direct or call a member of our team. If you require more information, please contact us directly.