INDEPENDENT & TIMELESS

Take a stroll around our historic maritime towns and traditional marshland villages, full of rich heritage, quaint shops and hidden gems. Delve into thousand of years of history in our museums and heritage centres. Explore the charm and character of our two towns, Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch. Their high streets are full of independent and eclectic shops, enough to fill many days of retail therapy. Enjoy food and drink at our restaurants and cafés, pubs and bars or take a trip to one of our award-winning vineyards or breweries.

EXPLORE OUR TIMELESS HERITAGE

From pre-historic cropmarks and Iron Age hillforts, to pillboxes and military defences of the Second World War, the Maldon District has a rich history which spans thousands of years. Experience our unique heritage by visiting some of our listed buildings, Scheduled Monuments, historic waterfronts, and conservation areas.

Learn more about the Maldon District at our excellent museums and heritage centres. Discover all kinds of history, from military to social and domestic, modern history to Anglo-Saxon and medieval. You can also attend one of the many talks or courses that are held regularly across the Maldon District if you would like to explore a topic in more depth.
Remembrance Day at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum

Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum

Discover the story of Burnham and the Dengie from the Bronze Age to today. Explore its fascinating maritime and social heritage through the artefacts and records of people’s lives.

Combined Military Services Museum

Combined Military Services Museum

An award winning collection of British military artefacts from the English Civil War to today. Collections focus on the Special Forces, espionage, uniforms, medals, swords, tanks and the Donnington Firearms Collection of over 700 guns.

Mangapps Railway Museum

Mangapps Railway Museum

Extensive working railway museum including locomotives, carriages, wagons, historic buildings, memorabilia and a major collection of signalling equipment. Much of the collection is under cover. Train rides are available every open day.

The Lilleshall Marshall steam engine

Museum of Power

Housed in a former water pumping station, the museum has a fascinating collection of power related exhibits, a tea room and picnic area, a miniature railway all set in attractive riverside grounds.

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is a unique place with a unique history. It is the largest known surviving group of RFC buildings on a WWI aerodrome which was not adapted for further military use later in its history.

The Maeldune Heritage Centre

The Maeldune Heritage Centre

We are proud to be the Custodians of the famous Maldon Embroidery. This wonderful work of art, 42 feet long and alive with vibrant colour and design, celebrates the 1000 years since the celebrated Battle of Maldon in 991.

The Museum in the Park

The Museum in the Park

Social history museum of Maldon and District situated on the edge of the award winning Promenade Park.

Hythe Quay, Maldon
No visit to Maldon is complete without visiting the Hythe Quay, a historic working waterfront that is home to the largest collection of active Thames Sailing Barges. From the Hythe Quay, you can take a trip on one of these barges with Topsail Charters and the Thames Sailing Barge Trust. You can also take a cruise along the river on the Viking Saga.

Walking from the Hythe Quay, continue through Promenade Park along the sea wall to reach the causeway of Northey Island. The causeway was the site of the Battle of Maldon 991, and is the oldest recorded battlefield site in England.
Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

The Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation is the shallowest navigation in the country and was completed in 1797. Commercial barge traffic ceased in 1972, and the canal is now used for leisure, including fishing, pleasure boats, canoeing, paddle boarding, and narrowboats.

You can experience an hour cruise on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation aboard 'the Elver' with Basin Pleasure Boats. Gently winding along the canal at a leisurely four knots gives you ample time to take in the scenery and wildlife. You can also hire rowing boats from Basin Pleasure Boats as well.

Burnham-on-Crouch Quay

Burnham-on-Crouch's quay, with its historic pubs and red-roofed houses, also has cafés, houseboats, and the Burnham-on-Crouch & District Museum. Walking along the quay, you will pass its four yacht and sailing clubs, as well as the RNLI lifeboat station and Riverside Park.

From the quay, you can take a short trip over on the Burnham Ferry to Essex Marina, where you can then walk to RSPB's Wallasea Island, which is the largest project of its type in Europe. You can also go on seal & wildlife trips from the quay with Charter Discovery.

DISCOVER OUR HISTORY

The Maldon District is home to traditional marshland villages and historic maritime towns. Our diverse heritage extends thousands of years and numerous periods of English history. Discover ancient forests, Anglo-Saxon fishing weirs, medieval churches, 15th & 16th century houses, Victorian engines, disused railway lines and 20th century industry.

- Oldest recorded battlefield site in England

- Europe's largest surviving WWI aerodrome

- One of the oldest largely intact English churches

- Largest collection of Thames Sailing Barges

- Shallowest nagivation in the country

- Only full time historic cinema in Essex

St Peters Chapel

The Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall

This ancient Saxon chapel is the oldest church in England built by St Cedd in 654ad, it is one of the most restful and spiritual buildings in the country, a place to bring you peace and tranquility.

Thomas Plume’s Library

Thomas Plume’s Library

Founded in 1704 this historic library still houses Thomas Plume’s books and his small collection of paintings.

Steam Tug 'Brent'

Steam Tug 'Brent'

Berthed at the picturesque town of Maldon in Essex with its wonderful collection of Thames Sailing Barges, Brent has been a much loved local landmark for over 40 years.

St Giles Leper Hospital Remains

St Giles Leper Hospital Remains

Remains of an ancient Leper Hospital said to have been founded in 1164 by Henry II.

Northey Island

Northey Island

Small island in the Blackwater Estuary with a large area of undisturbed Saltmarsh. Site of special scientific interest. Site of the Battle of the Maldon in AD991. Guided tours by prior arrangement.

St Mary’s Church

St Mary the Virgin

Affectionately known as St Mary's, there has been a church on this site since 1155, possibly even earlier, and as such the fabric of the building reflects a long and eventful history.

Tollesbury Wick Marshes

Tollesbury Wick Marshes

One of Essex Wildlife Trust's best reserves. A large (600 acres) tract of ancient grazing marsh that is managed as a traditional coastal farm using the Trust's own rare breed livestock to encourage a superb variety of wildlife.

All Saints' Church

All Saints' Church

Our doors are open to everybody of all faiths – all are welcome in this house.

St. Nicholas & St. Mary’s Chapel

St Nicholas & St Mary's Chapel

St. Nicholas in Little Braxted is one of the smallest churches in Essex and was built in the early 12th century. It has kept its original Norman apsidal east end, and only one Norman window remains on the north side.

St Lawrence Rural Discovery Church

St Lawrence Rural Discovery Church

This active rural parish church, situated on a hilltop overlooking the Blackwater Estuary provides exhibitions and community activities. Light refreshments available.

St Thomas Church

St Thomas Church

The Church of St Thomas Bradwell-on-Sea dates back to the 14th Century. The nave was rebuilt in 1706 and the tower in 1743. We are a happy friendly church offering a warm welcome to all.

GUIDED TOURS & TALKS

Mundon Oaks
Take a guided tour of St. Mary's Church in Mundon and learn the extensive history of this Grade I listed medieval church. Behind St. Mary's Church, you can walk along a public path to view the ancient remains of an oak forest, known as the Mundon Oaks.

The Moot Hall is a building with a fascinating history and has been used as a manor house, court room, council chamber, and a prison. You can explore the Moot Hall on a tour, and its rooftop offers panoramic views of Maldon & beyond.

Hazeleigh Wood is an ancient woodland which shows benefits of traditional management techniques, e.g. coppicing, charcoal, burning etc. Group tours are available by prior arrangement.

Creeksea Place is a 16th century Tudor manor with extensive grounds with lakes, an orchard and walled garden. You can visit by prior arrangement, or attend one of their preview evenings, open days or High Tea afternoons.
St Mary's Church

Maldon

The church of St. Mary in Mundon is cared for by the Friends of Friendless Churches and it is now conserved as a Grade 1 listed medieval church.

 
 
 
Moot Hall

Maldon

This 15th Century former manorial home houses a unique brick spiral staircase, a Georgian court room, a former prison and a Victorian Council Chamber.

 
 
 
Hazeleigh Wood

Maldon

A traditionally managed ancient woodland offering guided walks suitable for all ages. Featuring flora/fauna, charcoal burning, environmental/conservation topics.

 
 
 
Creeksea Place House and Gardens

Burnham-on-Crouch

Creeksea Place is a 16th century fairytale Tudor Mansion set in beautiful gardens. The house with its captivating façade and tranquil surroundings is steeped in history.

 
 

INDEPENDENT RETAIL

The Maldon District is home to a great variety of independent shops that have their own appeal and character. In the towns of Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch, there is an eclectic mix of specialist stores and independent retailers that sell everything from local delicacies and souvenirs, to antiques, clothes and hardware. Among these local shops, you will also find popular chain stores and banks, but these certainly do not overshadow the independent flavour of the Maldon District.

Experience our gastro menu by visiting our independent restaurants, cafés and tea rooms. You can also visit local markets in the district for excellent fresh produce, and a variety of other items. The Burnham-on-Crouch Farmer's market is certainly a highlight of the month, where a range of producers bring their fresh produce directly to the public. Check out our local page for more information about market days.
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The Maldon District is proud to host world class food producers, such as Maldon Sea Salt, Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam and Maldon Oysters. Many of our local producers supply the independent restaurants, cafés and tea rooms in our area. Whether you are just having a coffee or treating yourself to afternoon tea, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Many of the venues are family run, and are situated in stunning locations with scenic views of the estuaries and beyond.

GRAPE AND GRAIN TRAIL

From Constable Country to the Crouch Valley, the Grape and Grain Trail will take you to award-winning vineyards, breweries and distilleries. Enjoy a tour or a talk at one of our venues, and learn about how their products are made. You can also give them a try yourself during a tasting session. Our local producers each offer something unique in taste and experience, and their numbers are growing year on year, so there’s always something new to try.
Chigborough Smokehouse