Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum



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Set in more than 200 acres, the pride of Marks Hall Gardens is its collection of trees from all the temperate areas of the world, providing a fascinating spectacle throughout the year. A network of paths runs through this stunning arboretum, taking visitors past exotic specimens representing Europe, Asia, North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Wildlife abounds beneath the tree cover and around the two lakes, with their brickwork dams and cascades. There’s a walled garden, a wildflower area and a children’s play area and the Visitor Centre, in a restored Essex barn, houses a shop and tearoom serving morning coffee, light lunches and teas, with homemade cakes available all day.

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum


About the area

Discover Essex

Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.

Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore: 

  • the great Waltham Abbey
  • Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
  • the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
  • Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.

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