Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex Step forward 500 years and visit Layer Marney Tower, built in the reign of Henry VIII and visited by the monarch himself and his daughter Elizabeth I. Attracting visitors from all over the world to see the impressive architecture, gardens and landscape, the Tower reopened on 30 March 2014.

Bring the children with you, for they will surely enjoy the well-equipped Play Area beside the free car park at the heart of the village. This Play Area is enclosed to keep out dogs - further up the adjoining field there is an exercise area for them. Older children will enjoy a game on the field, and there are public toilets in the car park (including a disabled toilet which needs a Radar key to open it.)

The Wivenhoe Trail. This is a cycle-way between Colchester and Wivenhoe, coming out in the Wivenhoe railway car park.

It is also used by walkers and accessible for wheelchairs. 

From there you can easily walk to West Quay and along the old waterfront. 

Colchester, Essex The picturesque town of Wivenhoe is just a short walk away from Wivenhoe House. Take a stroll along the waterfront to the beautiful town and explore some of Wivenhoe's unique shops and cafés.

This historic Grade II listed building dating back to 1700 is a 10 minute walk from the town centre and train station, and offers renovated, comfortable interiors. Restored to a high standard, ... More map book Riverside Hotel (3.82 miles)

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The Ferry, operated by the Wivenhoe Ferry Trust, and capable of holding 9 passengers and a couple of bikes, operates across the River Colne between the Quay at Wivenhoe, Fingringhoe and Rowhedge.

The University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex Art lovers are spoilt for choice in Colchester. Just a few metres from the hotel is the University of Essex’s acclaimed Art Exchange Gallery with new exhibitions throughout the year.

Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex Just four miles from Colchester are The Beth Chatto Gardens, a beautiful tranquil haven to delight any garden lover. Set up in 1960 by Beth Chatto and her late husband Andrew, the garden features many unusual plants and Beth Chatto has published books and lectured around the world sharing her love and knowledge of planting.

Built in 1076 on the foundations of the Roman Temple of Claudius, England’s largest surviving Norman keep is bigger than that of the Tower of London...

Colchester's shiny, curved, glass-and-copper arts centre brings the town bang up to date. It’s as striking inside as out: installations flow seamlessly into one another amid a wealth of space and light...

Concerts in July for the summer mini-festival, and from mid-September until the beginning of October for the main festival.

Set right beside Flatford Mill – a feature of several Constable paintings – thatched Bridge Cottage has an exhibition that provides a fine introduction to the artist's life and works...

Seats along the way are provided and there are pleasant views across the marshes to Rowhedge.

Bring your own bread and wine to this seaside shack to tuck into mussels, oysters, prawns, lobster, jellied eels, smoked fish or their signature seafood platter...

Wivenhoe is the home of the University of Essex, in whose grounds visitors are welcome to stroll. The campus sports facilities may be used by the public (to book these, ring 01206 873250) and the arts are well served with a theatre, art gallery and wide-ranging programme of musical events.

The best of the city's half-timbered houses and rickety roof lines are clustered together in this Tudor enclave just a short stroll north of High St...

Colchester, Essex The picturesque town of Wivenhoe is just a short walk away from Wivenhoe House. Take a stroll along the waterfront to the beautiful town and explore some of Wivenhoe’s unique shops and cafés.

Most visitors to Sudbury come to see Thomas Gainsborough's atmospheric birthplace, now home to the world's largest collection of his work...

It's like walking into a period drama: a Georgian town house dating from 1718, filled with toys and costumes, watches and clocks...

Black Buoy Inn Greyhound Horse & Groom Inn Hunters Inn

Within the lush green grounds of Wivenhoe Park lies an urban jungle of adventure, a place of learning, curiosity and discovery. This place is the University of Essex and within its labyrinthine walls next to a beautiful lake there is an underground delight that has been described as Colchester’s best kept secret. This place is Lakeside Theatre.

           

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex Step forward 500 years and visit Layer Marney Tower, built in the reign of Henry VIII and visited by the monarch himself and his daughter Elizabeth I. Attracting visitors from all over the world to see the impressive architecture, gardens and landscape, the Tower reopened on 30 March 2014.

Take the Ferry! Wivenhoe's great maritime history is full of grand yachts, fearless seamen and even ruthless smugglers. A ferry service was re-launched by volunteers in 1992, operating two hours either side of high water at weekends during the summer.

Things to do in Wivenhoe

The University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex Art lovers are spoilt for choice in Colchester. Just a few metres from the hotel is the University of Essex's acclaimed Art Exchange Gallery with new exhibitions throughout the year. 

Surprisingly, dishes infused with flavours of the Med appear on the scrubbed wooden tables of this old English inn...

Stanway, Colchester, Essex With more than 270 species spread across 60 acres, award-winning Colchester Zoo is a must-do for any family visiting the area. In celebration of the opening of their new 'Bear of the Rising Sun' enclosure, 2014 has been designated the Year of the Bear with a number of special events throughout the year.

Pheasant Lodge is situated in the grounds of the non working Balls Farm. The 17th century Farm House is surrounded by fields and wildlife and located less than two miles ... More map book Rose & Crown Hotel (2.95 miles)

Local, seasonal comfort-food classics are given a contemporary twist at this smart, friendly restaurant, where dishes range from fish and chips or venison with wilted spinach to a gorgeously garlicky grilled lobster...

Colchester Town Centre, Essex One of the many highlights is Colchester Castle, the biggest Norman keep in Europe, reopened on 2 May 2014, after an intensive programme of improvement works to the museum.

Constable fans will recognise red-brick Flatford Mill immediately, as it appears in many of his canvases and remains as idyllic a setting today...

Essex If Wivenhoe House inspires you to go deeper into Constable country, head to Dedham, where the great artist went to school. The High Street is lined with Georgian-fronted houses, old inns and an arts and crafts centre.

Elmstead Market, Colchster, Essex Just four miles from Colchester are The Beth Chatto Gardens, a beautiful tranquil haven to delight any garden lover. Set up in 1960 by Beth Chatto and her late husband Andrew, the garden features many unusual plants and Beth Chatto has published books and lectured around the world sharing her love and knowledge of planting.

This hidden oasis, set in 26 acres and converted to exacting standards, enjoys a covered terrace for alfresco dining and glorious views over an undulating landscape encompassing ... More map book Ramada Colchester (4.73 miles)

If you still have your picnic with you as you stroll along the riverbank path, stop at the small beach for lunch, continue on through Alresford Creek and return to Wivenhoe for an evening meal.

The Red Lion Hotel is an historical Grade I listed building (1465) located in the town centre of historic Colchester. The hotel is located in the town centre and has excellent transport ... More map book George of Colchester (3.40 miles)

The main entrances to the woods are via King George V Playing Fields and at the end of Rosabelle Avenue.