Best Essex village to Visit
Whether you ready to live in the country or just want a little inspiration on where to go or a day trip or a longer trip. Here are some of the best Essex Village to visit:
Battlesbridge – boats, antiques and more
The little village of Battlesbridge has a distinct vintage style that hosts regular classic car and motorbike shows, and many antique and collectible shops have transformed the riverside. Located on the River Crouch, the city has been the center of the river industry for over 100 years, and boats and beaches regularly make it an excellent place to sit and travel in an hour or two.
Must try: The Barge Inn is one of two Beatlesbridge pubs offering traditional gastro-style pub food in a cozy, dog-friendly country setting. Check the garden even in the summer.
Thaxted – A historical gem
It is a beautiful combination of historic architecture and rolling countryside that makes Thaxted a real gem to see and discover. You’ll love the brightly colored houses with traditional huts, and there are lots of beautiful ways to enjoy joining the church with stunning views of the Chelmer Valley.
Must try: John Webb’s Windmill is the perfect example of a local family’s lovingly restored Essex mill, free admission, and great early spring.
Stock – Beautiful as a picture
Apart from being one of the richest villages in Essex, Stock is also beautiful. With a history that stretches back, there is a thriving heritage society that can give you a real insight into the village’s history. Stock’s All Saints Church dates back to the early 13th century, and there’s a windmill to visit too, Stock woods is a great place to pick up a companion.
Must-Try: Voted as the best place to enjoy afternoon tea, Greenwoods Hotel & Spa is located in a Grade II 17th century manor house. Afternoon tea is served daily in the comfortable manor lounge.
Tillingham. Step back in time
Located in the Maldives district with a population of only a thousand, this small village has a real sense of community, and the church-overlooked village is the perfect place for a pint in the green season.
Be sure to try: The Cap & Feathered Pub is the 15th century and has a great atmosphere. Order a delicious curry night or find a barbecue that goes on for most of the summer week.
Dedham – Ornament on the river
Named after the most famous Constable Country, famous 19th-century artist John Constable used Essex’s village on the picturesque Dedham river, dramatically depicting the river as well as the landscapes and water plains along the River Stour. This has made this theme for many of his paintings. There are also lots of impressive architecture to look at and a few days of pleasant walks for a scenic stroll. Make sure you rent a rowboat and make the most of this beautiful spot.
Must try: The Sun Inn is a medieval training tunnel dating back to the 15th century and is now a stylish restaurant with seven individual 5-star rooms, each with en suite facilities. The restaurant serves modern European cuisine and the famous Sunday fry, or why not try the early spring tea? It also has a ‘Sunday Sleepover’ offer, which includes Sunday meal, dinner, accommodation, and free breakfast.
Stansted Mountfitchet – the castle on the hill
In Saxon times, reuniting with good 16th and 17th-century history is like going back in time to this inspiring village. Built in 1787, windmills dominate the skyline, and you have a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants to choose from as you explore the winding roads to Mountfitchet Castle.
Must try: The House On the Hill Toys Museum, located on the hill next to the palace, is reportedly the largest toy museum in the world with more than 80,000 exhibits.