ATTRACTIONS

Maldon District offers a diverse range of activities and attractions to keep you occupied during your stay. No matter what the weather we have plenty to offer. Visit a museum and explore our heritage, take a trip aboard a historic Thames Sailing Barge, learn to dinghy sail or stand-up paddleboard. Hire a beach hut and let the kids enjoy the Splash Park in our award-winning Promenade Park, whilst enjoying a classic '99' flake as the tide comes in. With over 75 miles of coastline and picturesque villages accessible via quiet footpaths, the Maldon District is also the perfect place to stretch your legs and discover our diverse avian populations along the way.

 

THE SALTMARSH COAST

Topsail Charters Ltd

Topsail Charters

Historic sailing barges ‘Hydrogen’ and ‘Thistle’ are available for regular public cruises and also for private hire for groups up to 50 from a variety of East Coast locations including Maldon and Ipswich.

The Viking Saga Boat Trips

The Viking Saga Boat Trips

The Viking Saga, listed on the UK National Historic Ships Register, was built locally in 1947. After a complete restoration she is now used for public cruises from Maldon and neighbouring ports.

Basin Pleasure Boats

Basin Pleasure Boats

Enjoy one of leisurely our hour long daily cruises or take a romantic 2 hour sunset trip along the Chelmer Blackwater Navigation Canal. We have rowing boats also for hire.

Seal Trips

Seal trips at Burnham Quay

Discovery Charters offers fishing and seal watching wildlife trips which leave from Essex Marina on Wallasea Island and the Quay at Burnham-on-Crouch.

Sealwatching Cruises

Sealwatching Cruises

Join us aboard our lifeboat to learn about our local seals. Guided tours to and around Foulness Island. Full commentary throughout.

Marigold

Marigold Charters

Marigold Charters offers sailing adventures on and around the river Blackwater. Their vessel Marigold is a Gravesend Bawley built upon the lines of the Lilliam in 1869.

Frangipani SUP Limited

Frangipani SUP

Frangipani SUP is a friendly, family run Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board school based in Essex. We operate in various locations in the Maldon and Chelmsford area.

The Steam Tug Brent

Steam Tug Brent

Brent has been a much loved local landmark for over 40 years. It is the last surviving steam tug of the Port of London Authority’s fleet. Full restoration is planned for this unique vessel.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust

The Cirdan Sailing Trust

Residential sailing voyages abroad traditional vessels. Groups of 7 to 16 people, ages 12 years and upwards. No experience necessary.

Thames Barge Sailing Club

Thames Barge Sailing Trust

Weekend and week sailing charters on the east coast for parties or individuals on board fully rigged traditional east coast sailing barges. Participation actively encouraged. Trust membership available.

Traditional Charter

Traditional Charter

Traditional Charter offer bespoke birdwatching tours, seal trips and wildlife tours tailored to suit your requirements whether be it a day trips or longer.

The Maldon District has a rich maritime heritage which is recognised both nationally and across the world. With seventy-five miles of Saltmarsh Coast, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water, whether you'd like to take a stroll along the sea wall, take a pleasant boat trip along the River Blackwater and the River Crouch, or enjoy a pint overlooking the water at a local pub.

There are also numerous events that take place on the water throughout the year, from regattas and barge matches, to gig races and river festivals.

WATERFRONTS & BEYOND

The Hythe Quay, Maldon
Explore the historic waterfronts of the district and enjoy views of the Blackwater & Crouch estuaries, and beyond to the English Channel. 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, and you can also take a cruise on the Viking Saga. Continue through Promenade Park 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.
Hythe Quay

For well over a thousand years Hythe Quay has been the gateway to Maldon for vessels arriving from the sea.

 
 
 
Northey Island

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

 
 
 
Promenade Park

This 100 year old Edwardian park encompasses an ornamental lake, a large water Splash Park, beach huts for hire, sandpits, a galleon play ship & aerial zip-wire & several picnic areas.

 
 
Burnham Quay

Burnham's picturesque quayside is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

 
 
 
Burnham Ferry

This ferry runs six days a week between Essex Marina, Wallasea Island and Burnham-on-Crouch Town Quay from Easter to the end of September. It allows for foot passengers and cyclists.

 
 
 
RSPB Wallasea Island

RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe.

 
 
Wallasea Island
Burnham-on-Crouch's quay, with its historic pubs and red-roofed houses, is known within sailing circles as the 'Cowes of the East Coast.' Along with its pubs, the quay 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. The Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is the largest of its type in Europe and will recreate the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh.

HERITAGE & MUSEUMS

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moot Hall

The Moot Hall

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

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.

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church

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.

Creeksea Place House and Gardens

Creeksea Place House and Gardens

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.

All Saints' Church

All Saints' Church

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

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.

Beeleigh Abbey

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens

In the open countryside just outside Maldon, down by the River Chelmer, stands Beeleigh Abbey, one of the most ancient continuously inhabited buildings in England.

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.

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, Mundon

St Mary's with Mundon

St. Mary's Church is known locally as the Fisherman's Church as its tower guides sailors and their craft into the Hythe Quay.

Hythe Quay

Hythe Quay

For well over a thousand years Hythe Quay has been the gateway to Maldon for vessels arriving from the sea.

The Crouch

Burnham Quay

Burnham's picturesque quayside is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

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

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

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

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

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.

 
 

MORE ATTRACTIONS

The Rio Cinema

The Rio Cinema

The Rio Cinema is independently owned and was built in 1931, offering 2 screens showing current films at historically low prices! The Rio is a must for residents, visitors and cinema enthusiasts alike.

The Cookery School at Braxted Park

The Cookery School at Braxted Park

The Cookery School at Braxted Park, based in Essex, combines a stunning location with award-winning chefs and a diverse range of courses to suit all abilities.

Pirates Bay Adventure Golf

Pirates Bay Adventure Golf

Pirates Bay is an exciting 19 hole adventure Golf Course offering loads of fun for all ages.

Promenade Park

Promenade Park

This 100 year old Edwardian park encompasses an ornamental lake, a large water Splash Park, beach huts for hire, sandpits, a galleon play ship & aerial zip-wire & several picnic areas.

Saltmarsh Spa and Fitness

Saltmarsh Spa and Fitness

Our brand new fully air conditioned gym and spa has beautiful views of the field and river and offers members on-site parking, free wi-fi, toilets, showers, changing rooms and lockable storage.

Chelmer & Blackwater Canal

Chelmer & Blackwater Canal

This waterway runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects the county town of Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. It is 13.8 miles (22.1 km) long and has 13 locks.

New Hall Vineyards

New Hall Vineyards

92 acre vineyard open daily. Includes farm trail, vineyard walk and wine tasting in the cellar shop. Annual wine festival first full weekend in September. Guided tours by appointment from May to September.

Friary Walled Garden

Friary Walled Garden

The Friary Walled Garden is very small and normally open to the public for a short time once a month.

The Spa at Five Lakes

Crowne Plaza Colchester - Five Lakes

The Spa at Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester - Five Lakes is the ideal distraction from the stresses and strains of everyday life and the perfect way to relax and re-energise.

Wibblers Brewery, Taproom and Kitchen

Wibblers Brewery, Taproom and Kitchen

Brewery offering guided tours and Taproom and Kitchen serving our ales, ciders and lager with a full snack and main meals menu.

Anyone can play Disc Golf

Creeksea Disc Golf

Come try disc golf! Our short course is fun for beginners and families, or play 18 holes for a challenge!

Blue House Farm

Blue House Farm

Blue House Farm was bought by the Essex Wildlife Trust in 1998 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other donors.

Mighty Oak Brewery

Mighty Oak Brewery

The Mighty Oak Brewing Co Ltd was founded in Essex in 1996 before finding a home in Maldon five years later.

Woodham Mortimer Driving Range

Woodham Mortimer Golf Range

9 hole Pitch and Putt available all day for only £5 per person. Juniors £3, under 8 free.

RSPB Old Hall Marshes Nature Reserve

RSPB Old Hall Marshes Nature Reserve

An opportunity to see an abundance of coastal wetland bird species in their natural environment.

Chigborough Lakes

Chigborough Lakes

An area of worked-out flooded gravel pits to the north of the River Blackwater. It has a variety of habitats including willow carr, open water, small ponds and marshy areas, rough grassland, and willow and hawthorn scrub.

Shut Heath Wood

Shut Heath Wood

This 50 acre reserve is just below the crest of the Great Totham Ridge and includes 23 acres of ancient woodland forming part of the Chantry Wood complex. A wonderful carpet of Bluebells can be enjoyed in the spring.

Oxley Meadow

Oxley Meadow

This Essex Wildlife Trust site consists of two flower-rich meadows surrounded by dense, mature hedgerows and is renowned for the annual display of large numbers of green winged orchids and adders tongue fern.

Braxted Park Golf Club

Braxted Park Golf Club

9 hole golf course.

There's lots to do in the Maldon District with family and friends, as well as a variety of attractions to suit everyone's tastes. Check out our main parks, Promenade Park in Maldon and Riverside Park in Burnham-on-Crouch. These parks are popular throughout the year, particularly during the summer months, and there are plenty of activities for you to choose from.

Enjoy the landscape and wildlife of the Maldon District by visiting our Nature Reserves. From islands, woods and meadows, to shell banks, lakes and marshes, you can experience our diverse habitats that provide a home for internationally recognised flora and fauna.

FUN FOR THE KIDS

There's lots of activities for the kids to enjoy in the Maldon District. Check out the play areas and playgrounds in our parks, as well as our leisure centres. If you're looking for somewhere with lots of options for entertainment, check out Madison Heights in Maldon, which is home to bowling, rollerskating, the Monkey Puzzle children's play area and more.

Cool down from the summer heat at the Maldon Splash Park or head to the Woodup Pool in Tollesbury, which is a popular salt water bathing pool and is perfect for a family day out. There are also plenty of events throughout the year to enjoy with the whole family, check out some family days out in the Maldon District.

CONNECT WITH US

Maldon District Tourist Information Centre

Specially trained staff at the Maldon District Tourist Information Centre and the Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centre are on hand to offer expert and friendly advice to help you make the most of your visit. Situated in the centres of Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch, the two TICs offer a selection of free guides and brochures to help you understand and appreciate this unique area.