View the finest example of 17th-century military engineering, a spectacular sight on the River Thames. View the World War I and II gun emplacements and even fire a real anti-aircraft gun.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Uneven ground, cobbled parade ground, some steep slopes and steps, most areas accessible
- Facilities: Ramp, tour transcript, handrails, induction loop in shop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year from 30 Mar (see website for opening times); Oct, Wed-Sun 10-5; Nov-29 Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Also in the area
About The area
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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