View of Maldon from the water and the statue of Byrhtnoth

THE TOWN OF MALDON

The ancient market town of Maldon sits proudly perched on the top of a steep hill. It has a fascinating and diverse history and a vibrant community feel to it, bringing visitors back time and again. With an architecturally interesting High Street filled with independent shops, the town attracts both local people and interested tourists. Follow the hill down towards the waterfront and breathe in the fresh air from the saltmarshes.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

All Saints' Church

All Saints' Church

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

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.

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.

EXPLORE MALDON'S HERITAGE

Maldon is the second oldest town in Essex and is known across the world for its connection to the coast, with its famous sea salt, infamous mud race and the iconic Thames Sailing Barges. The town received a Royal Charter from Henry II in 1171. This historic maritime town has a rich and unique heritage that is waiting for you to explore.

Visit Maldon's two museums and heritage centre and learn more about the town's history. Explore Maldon High Street, which is home to independent shops, architectural gems and historic churches.

Maldon is also famous for the Battle of Maldon of 991, where Viking raiders defeated the Saxons on the causeway of Northey Island. This is the oldest recorded battlefield site in England, and the events of the battle are described in an epic poem, which is regarded as one of the finest examples of Old English literature.

THAMES SAILING BARGES

HISTORY

Thames Sailing Barges

These barges were once the lifeblood of Maldon's prosperity, facilitating trade of straw, manure, and horse feed with London. The flat - bottomed hull enabled the vessel to navigate the winding, shallow creeks of the Essex coast. The barges were economically efficient and easy to sail, needing only two crewmen. The river and coastal barge trade reached its peak around 1914, meeting the demand for trade in bricks and cement as London rapidly expanded. Some of the barges played an important role in WWII as part of the Little Ships Fleet during the evacuation of Dunkirk . Motorised transport eventually led to the decline of barge trade and many of these objects of grace and beauty were broken up or abandoned as wrecks.

For more detailed information on the Thames Barges you may like to visit the Society for Sailing Barge Research.

HYTHE QUAY

Bardges at Hythe Quay

The word 'Hythe' is an old Saxon word and roughly translated means landing place. For well over a thousand years Hythe Quay has been, and still is, the gateway to Maldon for vessels arriving from the sea. During the last hundred years, the importance of Hythe Quay as a place of trade for cargo carrying vessels has gradually been eroded and today the barges berthing alongside the quay mainly carry passengers on pleasure trips.

Hythe Quay is an ideal location for a visit, whether it be overnight or just a few hours. At one end there is the award winning Promenade Park and the other, public houses, restaurants, Maldon High Street and a chandlery.

Should you wish to visit the Hythe Quay by boat and require a berth alongside, please contact the River Bailiff at Maldon District Council.

TODAYS USES

Thames Bardge under sail in the river Blackwater

With the growing efficiency of road and rail transport, the barges have had to continue to evolve to fit new uses. The last surviving vessels have been lovingly restored, either by private owners or charitable trusts and can now be enjoyed in their original glory.

These days they operate as pleasure craft, training vessels and even corporate hospitality centres. Some barges moored at the Hythe Quay are open to the public from time to time and most are available for charter. Visitors are always eager to take a trip on board, many are invited to take the helm, others sit back and enjoy a leisurely sail or a meal on board.

To find out about trips on board the iconic Thames Sailing Barges, you can contact Topsail Charters and the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.

MORE ATTRACTIONS

Promenade Park, Maldon
Promenade Park in Maldon, also known as the Prom, is the most popular park in the district and has undergone major refurbishment in recent years. You can spend all day at the Prom as there's something for the whole family to enjoy. Along with the Maldon Splash Park and beach huts, the Promenade Park has several playgrounds, the brand new Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, three large sand pits, an ornamental lake, model boating and crabbing lakes, skateboard ramps and a large BMX area.

The Prom is also home to the Museum in the Park, which offers a charming perspective of the town’s history, and the statue of Byrhtnoth, whose army was defeated at the Battle of Maldon 991. From Promenade Park, you can also walk to Northey Island; its causeway was the site of the battle and is the oldest battlefield site in England.
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.

Blackwater Leisure Centre

Blackwater Leisure Centre

At the newly refurbished Blackwater Leisure Centre there is a huge range of activities on offer, including swimming, a gym, and fitness and pool classes.

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.

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.

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 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.

Farmers Yard

Farmers Yard

Based in a beautifully quirky grade II listed building, The Farmers Yard bottle shop is the smallest pub in Maldon.

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.

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.

Hayletts Gallery

Hayletts Gallery

We exhibit some of the best professional East Anglian artists, plus a selection of artworks by famous British artists from the last 50 years. A selection of ceramics, glass, sculpture and gifts accompany each exhibition.

Oak Tree Meadow

Oak Tree Meadow

The site boasts one of the largest and best equipped children's play sites in the Maldon District. The play equipment has been designed so that it is exciting and challenging for children of all ages.

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.

EVENTS IN MALDON

Maldon Mud Race
Hayletts Gallery

Michael Coulter - Watercolours

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 5 May 2018

Michael Coulter's Watercolours featuring Boats and Birds around East Anglia including Heybridge Basin

The Maeldune Heritage Centre

'A Fine Collection' Art Exhibition

Fri 20 Apr - Tue 8 May 2018

Created by the Night and Day Textile Group The Maeldune Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday

Maldon Art Club

Tue 24 Apr 2018

Maldon Art Club (MAC) is a well established adult art group, providing a year long programme of art activities in Maldon. We meet weekly on Tuesdays, from September to May at the Upper Plume School Dining Hall plus outdoor summer programme.

Yoga

Wed 25 Apr 2018

Professional Yoga teacher Marion Pidgeon invites you to join her yoga classes. Please see the website for details of charges. Booking in advance may be necessary.

Hythe Quay

Acoustic Nights on Sailing Barge Kitty

Wed 25 Apr 2018

Acoustic music sessions aboard the Thames Sailing Barge Kitty moored at the Hythe Quay take place on the last Wednesday of each month. You can bring your instruments or voices, or you can just come and watch. There is a bar on board.

Maldon Town Hall

Maldon Film Club

Wed 25 Apr 2018

A selection of the best of recent English and foreign language films not generally shown in mainstream cinemas. Films are screened fortnightly. New members welcome - see website, or join at any screening.

Yoga

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Professional Yoga teacher Marion Pidgeon invites you to join her yoga classes. Please see the website for details of charges. Booking in advance may be necessary.

Suzie's Gift and Tea Shop

Buddy Up Coffee Morning

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Buddy Up Group - why not pop along on a Thursday morning from 11am to meet friendly, local people? Its a very informal, welcoming group, where most people enjoy a cuppa and a catch up.

Moot Hall

Moot Hall Historic Tours

Thu 26 Apr 2018

A guided tour of Maldon's historically most important building, finishing on the rooftop with panoramic views of the town and the River Blackwater. Tours will not run if a Civil Ceremony has been booked.

Swing Jive Class

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Swing Jive Class with Chris & Steve teaching Swing Jive, Stroll, Social Dances. All ages welcome beginners/intermediate. Class is in St Peter's social hall, free parking.

Blackwater Leisure Centre

Fit-Steps Health Walks

Fri 27 Apr 2018

The health walks are a series of 30 minute walks on flat footpaths and pavements, ideally suited for people who are new to excercise or can only walk short distances at a slower pace.

Beeleigh Abbey

Open Gardens

Fri 27 Apr 2018

Three acres of riverside gardens in a picturesque and historic setting dating from the 13th century. Recent projects include wisteria walkway, rose, cottage, kitchen & soft fruit gardens and more. Refreshments will be available. Plant sales

Spring borders

The National Garden Scheme

Fri 27 Apr 2018

3 acres of secluded gardens in rural historic setting C12 abbey incorporated into private house (not open).

Moot Hall

Moot Hall Historic Tours

Fri 27 Apr 2018

A guided tour of Maldon's historically most important building, finishing on the rooftop with panoramic views of the town and the River Blackwater. Tours will not run if a Civil Ceremony has been booked.

Promenade Park

Parkrun

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Parkrun organises timed runs on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Open to everyone. 5km adult route every Saturday. Free admission but please register online before your first run.

Moot Hall

Moot Hall Historic Tours

Sat 28 Apr 2018

A guided tour of Maldon's historically most important building, finishing on the rooftop with panoramic views of the town and the River Blackwater. Tours will not run if a Civil Ceremony has been booked.

Blue Boar

60s & 70s Music Party!

Sat 28 Apr 2018

60s & 70s Fancy Dress Disco, Free Entry.

All Saints' Church

Maldon Ghost Walk

Sat 28 Apr 2018

Prepare for a terrifying trip round the ancient trips of Maldon, with tales of the spooky and supernatural that once and still may visit a town said to be the most haunted in Essex. Meet outside the church gates. No booking required.

Promenade Park

Junior Parkrun

Sun 29 Apr 2018

Junior Parkrun encourages both new and experienced young runners to take part in timed runs with an emphasis on fun and creating a welcoming atmosphere. There is a 2km route for 4 to 14 year olds every Sunday.

Painted Roses with Sarah Jones

Sun 29 Apr 2018

Painted Roses with Sarah Jones from The Chocolate Strawberry, £120 includes lunch.