THE MALDON DISTRICT

You will get a taste of the Maldon District in a day but a whole smorgasbord if you stay for a weekend or longer. Tailor your stay to suit your interests whether it's history, birds, boats, walking or food. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of experiences and sample a combination of all that's on offer. Learn about our heritage by visiting our museums, architectural gems and historic waterfronts. Discover our independent retailers, traditional shops and numerous places to eat and drink. Explore the Saltmarsh Coast with its breathtaking scenery that's ideal for walkers, artists and wildlife enthusiasts.

THINGS TO DO

The Maldon District has a diverse range of attractions and activities for you to enjoy with family and friends. Throughout the year, there are plenty of events for you to experience, from fairs, concerts, plays and pantomimes, to country shows, music festivals, carnivals and flying events.

Explore our historic maritime towns and traditional villages, and learn more about our heritage by visiting a museum, heritage centre, or a historical site. Extend your stay at a wide variety of accommodation to truly experience what the Maldon District has to offer.
Hythe Quay

Hythe Quay

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

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.

The Crouch

Burnham Quay

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

RSPB Wallasea Island

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maldon Splash Park

Maldon Splash Park

This fantastic children's water park is located in The Valley at the centre of Promenade Park. It is extremely popular throughout the season, however opening times are weather dependent so be sure to check before heading down.

Explore the Maldon District on foot and enjoy the wide range of walks on offer. From coastal and countryside walks, circular and linear walks, to heritage and pub walks, there's plenty to choose from to suit all abilities and tastes. Walk along the Maldon District's seventy-five miles of Saltmarsh Coast and visit our historic maritime towns and our traditional marshland villages. Explore the expansive network of footpaths on open farmland, and the quiet country lanes leading to waterside areas by the estuaries. The district is also home to more than ten nature reserves for you to explore, many of them are managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. The RSPB manage Wallasea Island as well as Old Hall Marshes in Tollesbury, and Northey Island is owned by the National Trust.
Our diverse history 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. Experience our unique heritage by visiting some of our listed buildings, 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, social and domestic, to Anglo-Saxon, medieval and modern history. 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 WW1 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 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 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.

 
 
 
St Peter’s on the Wall

The Chapel of St Peters-on-the-Wall is the oldest church in England, situated on the Essex coast.

 
 
Shut Heath Wood
From islands, woods and meadows, to shell banks, lakes and marshes, the Saltmarsh Coast is home to a wide range of diverse habitats. The Maldon District has more than ten nature reserves and most are located along its coastline. The district also has eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest and three Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. Many of the nature reserves are managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust, the RSPB manage Old Hall Marshes in Tollesbury, as well as Wallasea Island, and Northey Island is owned by the National Trust. These nature reserves are ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to experience the diverse habitats of the Maldon District.
 

WHERE TO STAY

Meadows Barn

Meadows Barn

Meadows Barn is a new barn converted into luxury Four Star Gold Enjoy England awarded apartments in the peace and tranquillity of the picturesque Chelmer Valley in Chelmsford, Essex.

Self-catering with 4 units, £630-£980 pupw sleeps 1-12

Northey Island Cottage

Northey Island Cottage

The cottage has five bedrooms and is made up of 3 twin bedded rooms, 1 double bedroom and 1 double bunk room. It is a wonderful location for a large family holiday.

Self-catering with 0 units

Eastland Meadows Country Park

Eastland Meadows Country Park

Small privately owned park, very select, facilities include Country Club, Laundrette and cafe/shop. Tucked away in the heart of the countryside.

Holiday Park with 10 units, £125-£375 pupw sleeps 1-6

Five Lakes Hotel,Golf,Country Club & Spa

Crowne Plaza Colchester- Five Lakes

Set in 320 acres of unspoiled Essex countryside the newly refurbished Resort offers leisure facilities & two magnificent 18-hole golf courses. It also boasts an on-site Spa and two restaurants.

Hotel with 194 rooms, £65-£175 pppnb

The Wobbin

The Wobbin

A self catering cottage with sea views perfect for families and dog owners with a secure garden and direct access to a private woodland

Self-catering with 1 unit

Avonmore

Avonmore

A modern house on a quiet private estate overlooking the Blackwater Estuary with access from the garden to the beach.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £600-£950 pupw sleeps 1-9

Mrs Salisbury’s Serviced Accommodation

Mrs Salisbury’s Serviced Accommodation

Our Serviced Apartments offer superb accommodation in a central location. Our apartments have individual styles and have all been sympathetically restored to a very high standard.

Serviced Apartments with 2 units, £79-£160 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Bell

The Bell

The Bell is in the centre of the historic town of Maldon, dating from the 15th Century, it has many interesting features. This delightful home is opening as a family run guest house.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £60-£100 prpnb

Hillcroft

Hillcroft

Boasting panoramic countryside views, Hillcroft is the perfect couple’s countryside retreat. Located in the quaint village of Purleigh in Essex, guests can enjoy numerous walking routes and access to the local pubs.

Self-catering with 1 unit

Thatched Cottages

Thatched Cottages

Award winning thatched cottages set in their own private gardens. They are close to the railway station with trains going directly to London in about an hour. Easy access to the town, river & yacht clubs. Perfect for holidays or B&B.

Self-catering with 2 units, £400-£550 pupw sleeps 1-4

Field View Cottage

Field View Cottage

Discover the real Essex at our recently built self-catering cottage in the peaceful village of Tolleshunt Major.

Self-catering with 1 unit

Osea Leisure Park

Osea Leisure Park

A quiet, family owned and run park nestling on the banks of the Blackwater Estuary, offering camping, glamping and holiday home ownership.

Holiday Park with 49 units, £15-£80 pupn sleeps 1-8

Sailing Barge "Reminder"

Sailing Barge "Reminder"

Historic sailing barge moored at top of River Blackwater on Maldon's Hythe Quay. Ideal base for winter walks and bird watching.

Alternative Accommodation with 1 unit, £1370 pupw sleeps 1-14

Mill House Hotel

Mill House Hotel

The Mill house Hotel is a friendly run hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

Hotel with 0 rooms

St Lawrence Holiday Park

St Lawrence Holiday Park

Park on coast of River Blackwater, quiet, cosy and friendly. Water sports, sailing, skiing and fishing available. Family run since 1948.

Holiday Park with 215 units, £140 pupw sleeps 2

Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales

A traditional village pub located in Stow Maries, Essex. Inside, the bar has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Furnished with memorabilia from over the years, it has a unique character, guaranteed to enchant all those who visit.

Inn with 4 rooms, £75-£95 prpn

Purleigh Barns

Purleigh Barns

Farmhouse B and B in a peaceful location with plenty of parking. Good breakfast with locally sourced produce where available.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £40-£45 pppnb

Rye Farm

Rye Farm

Peaceful, rural location on a working farm with views over fields. Comfortably furnished to high standard. 4 miles from Colchester. Close to Abberton Reservoir & Zoo. Convenient for Mersea Island, Layer Marney Tower & Beth Chatto Gardens.

Self-catering with 4 units, £360-£590 pupw sleeps 2-4

The Jolly Sailor

The Jolly Sailor

The Jolly Sailor at Hythe Quay in Maldon, Essex, is a delightful 17th Century Pub, ideally located overlooking the River Blackwater, offering food, drink and accommodation.

Guest Accommodation with 0 rooms

Ship Ahoy Cottages

Ship Ahoy Cottages

Ship Ahoy Holiday Cottages are an ideal base for a family holiday or short break where visitors can take advantage of fantastic walks around the isolated marshland coast, world class bird watching, a strong tradition of sailing.

Self-catering with 3 units, £320-£490 pupw sleeps 1-2

Make the most of your visit and stay for a short break or longer holiday to truly experience what the Maldon District has to offer. There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all styles and budgets, whether your preference is for a boutique hotel, a cosy B&B in an historic building, a holiday park near the water, or a luxury converted barn in a rural setting.

You'll be spoilt for choice as there's something for everyone. Find out more about where to stay in the Maldon District.

FUN FOR THE KIDS

There are plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy in the Maldon District. Take a trip to our leisure centres, as well as our numerous parks and play areas for the kids to enjoy throughout the year. The main two parks in the Maldon District are Riverside Park in Burnham-on-Crouch and Promenade Park in Maldon.

With regular events, funfairs, circuses, charity days, and open air cinemas, these two parks are popular year round for both residents and visitors alike. There are also plenty of events outside of these parks to enjoy with the whole family, check out some family days out in the Maldon District.