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  1. Beth Chatto Gardens
    World renowned gardens showcasing sustainable planting and 'the right plant for the right place'. Planted by the late Beth Chatto
  2. Hollytrees House framed by Wisteria
    The jewel in Colchester’s crown - an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour boasting a children’s play area, putting green and boating lake.
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  3. Silhouette of a family watching a sealion
    Colchester Zoo is home to 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes! Listed as the 11th best zoo around the world and in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.
    1. The fishing lake at High Woods Country Park
      High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's best-loved beauty spots, with plenty of opportunities to relax, play and explore the large grounds.

      Number of results: 20

      1. Address

        Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB

        Telephone

        01206 822007

        Colchester

        World renowned gardens showcasing sustainable planting and 'the right plant for the right place'. Planted by the late Beth Chatto

      2. Address

        Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL

        Telephone

        01206 331292

        Colchester

        Colchester Zoo is home to 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes! Listed as the 11th best zoo around the world and in the top 2 zoos in the UK as part of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Attractions.

      3. Address

        St Osyth Road, Alresford, Essex, CO7 8AS

        Alresford

        Introducing Wyvernwood, an Enchanted Lost Kingdom that has existed for many centuries in a peaceful and beautiful setting near Colchester, in Essex.
        This extraordinary world has only recently been discovered by the outside world and provides the…

      4. Address

        High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

        Telephone

        01206 282962

        Colchester

        The jewel in Colchester’s crown - an award-winning oasis of horticultural splendour boasting a children’s play area, putting green and boating lake.

      5. Address

        Colchester Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

        Telephone

        01206 501785

        Colchester

        The site of the Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2004. It was built in the early 2nd century CE and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.

      6. Address

        Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Abberton, Essex, CO2 0EU

        Telephone

        01206 738172

        Abberton

        Conservation centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust, at a site of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nesting cormorants, common terns and nightingales. Nature trails for all the family and bird hides. Shop selling gifts, optics and…

      7. Address

        Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Highwoods, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR

        Telephone

        01206 853588

        Highwoods, Colchester

        High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's best-loved beauty spots, with plenty of opportunities to relax, play and explore the large grounds.

      8. Address

        Maldon Road, Colchester, CO3 4RN

        Telephone

        01206 282931

        Colchester

        The Archaeological Park is one of the most significant Iron Age and Roman sites in the country. Enjoy a walk and discover the highlights of the site with the interpretation boards around the Park.

      9. Address

        East Mersea, East Mersea, Essex, CO5 8UE

        Telephone

        01206 383868

        East Mersea

        Cudmore Grove offers visitors a trip to the seaside with a difference at the eastern tip of Mersea Island. The park includes a sandy beach and open grassland, perfect for picnics and great views.

      10. Address

        Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG

        Telephone

        01376 563796

        Coggeshall

        A tree collection from all the temperate areas of the world set in more than 200 acres of historic landscape provides interest and enjoyment throughout the year at Markshall Estate.

      11. Address

        Flatford, East Bergholt, Manningtree, Essex, CO7 6UL

        Telephone

        01206 391153

        Manningtree

        A fabulous wildlife garden to inspire you to Give Nature a Home where you live. New family trail to get your children involved.

      12. Address

        Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7SP

        Telephone

        01206 230455

        Colchester

        20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane. Now a plantsman's paradise full of unusual plants for all year round colour.

      13. Address

        South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Fingringhoe, Essex, CO5 7DN

        Telephone

        01206 729678

        Fingringhoe

        Nature reserve over 200 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails, wheelchair access, bird hides, gift shop and visitor centre with tea room. Friendly atmosphere. Regular events for adults and children.

      14. Address

        Salary Brook, off Avon Way, Greenstead, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3YR

        Telephone

        01206 853588

        Greenstead, Colchester

        A local nature reserve on the edge of Greenstead and Longbridge with open aspect to farmland.

      15. Address

        Great Wigborough, Essex, CO5 7RZ

        Telephone

        01621 862960

        Essex

        A 700 acre coastal farm and the head office of Essex Wildlife Trust situated on the Blackwater Estuary. Visitors can see the success of the coastal realignment project and enjoy a fantastic, wildlife packed walk. An exemplar of how to farm…

      16. Address

        Baley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ

        Telephone

        01787 460261

        Castle Hedingham

        Visit Hedingham Castle for a great family day out. Bring a picnic and explore the beautiful gardens and lakes then take time to explore the 110ft tall Norman Keep.

      17. Address

        Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5TS

        Telephone

        01206 271136

        Colchester

        ** Closed until 2022** Dedham Vale Vineyard is set in 40 acres of vines, woods and pasture on the edge of the Dedham Vale, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

        Sample the wines and wander through the vines as you enjoy this glorious part of North…

      18. Address

        Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8SX

        Telephone

        01206 385900

        East Mersea

        Producers of fine wines and real ale (cask and conditioned).

      19. Address

        Dead Lane Ardleigh, Colchester, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7PF

        Telephone

        01206 231593

        Colchester

        Our stunning vineyard is open Wednesday - Sunday to explore. Stroll through the vines on the Vineyard Trail and spot the wildlife on Ardleigh Reservoir or just relax and take in the view on the terrace with a glass of wine.

      20. Address

        Sussex Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3QJ

        Telephone

        01206 282739

        Colchester

        Hilly Fields offers an interesting mix of woodland, undulating paths and fantastic views.

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