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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

All Saints' Church

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

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

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 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, alongside Beowulf. Discover more about the Battle of Maldon.
The town centre has numerous historical sites and listed buildings, as well as a wide range of independent shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés for you to explore. On the high street, there is a good balance between popular stores and smaller independents, which include artisan and specialist shops, traditional butchers, bakers and more. Both local and international cuisine is available from various venues throughout Maldon.
Explore the town centre's heritage, independent retailers and businesses, then continue your journey by heading down to the river to visit the historic Hythe Quay and explore all that Promenade Park has to offer. Venture further along the Saltmarsh Coast to explore Northey Island and Heybridge Basin, or continue in land to discover Beeleigh Falls and the Blackwater Rail Trail.
Maldon Town Centre Map

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

Unfortunately the Splash Park and Beach Huts will not be open this year and we are currently hoping to return for the 2021 season.

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Maldon Fitsteps Health Walks

Thu 6 Feb - Thu 31 Dec 2020

Maldon Fitsteps for the Over 50’s is an accredited Ramblers Association Walking for Health scheme coordinated and led by volunteers. Scheme Details and Dates can be found via the Walking for Health web site.

An exhibition by Jenny Newman

Wed 15 Jul - Tue 4 Aug 2020

Local Artist Jenny Newman will be celebrating the gradual release from lockdown by showing some of her recent work at The Maeldune Heritage Centre.

Kindness in a Cup

Tue 4 Aug 2020

Our friendship group is the ideal place to meet new people, do come along for a chat and a cuppa, everyone is welcome! First Tuesday each month.

Late Night Openings at The Lock, Heybridge Basin

Fri 7 Aug 2020

The Lock Tea Room will be opening late on Friday 24th July, Friday 7th August and Friday 21st August from 5pm-8pm.

MIC FREE ZONE

Mon 10 Aug 2020

Free to enter singers club with some poetry and instrumental music. NB in Jan the club usually moves to a third Monday to avoid clashing with 'Plough Monday' a local tradition.

Miss Entrepreneur Meet-Ups

Tue 18 Aug 2020

Are you a female small-business owner? Would you like more support, guidance, companionship on your Entrepreneurship journey? If you do, then this monthly meet up is the place for you!

Late Night Openings at The Lock, Heybridge Basin

Fri 21 Aug 2020

The Lock Tea Room will be opening late on Friday 24th July, Friday 7th August and Friday 21st August from 5pm-8pm.

Frozen 2 - Essex Alfresco Cinema

Sat 22 Aug 2020

Come and join us for an amazing night at the picturesque Promenade Park, Maldon for an open air cinema screening of the amazing Frozen 2.

Kindness in a Cup

Tue 1 Sep 2020

Our friendship group is the ideal place to meet new people, do come along for a chat and a cuppa, everyone is welcome! First Tuesday each month.

MIC FREE ZONE

Mon 14 Sep 2020

Free to enter singers club with some poetry and instrumental music. NB in Jan the club usually moves to a third Monday to avoid clashing with 'Plough Monday' a local tradition.

Miss Entrepreneur Meet-Ups

Tue 15 Sep 2020

Are you a female small-business owner? Would you like more support, guidance, companionship on your Entrepreneurship journey? If you do, then this monthly meet up is the place for you!

Dirty Dancing - Essex Alfresco Cinema

Sat 19 Sep 2020

Come and join us for an amazing night at the picturesque Promenade Park, Maldon for an open air cinema screening of Dirty Dancing.

Freddie Mercury Tribute Night

Sat 3 Oct 2020

Join us at Maldon Stadium for our Freddie Mercury Tribute as Dean Richardson returns as our fantastic Freddie!

Freddie Mercury Tribute Night at Maldon Stadium

Sat 3 Oct 2020

Join us at Maldon Stadium for our Freddie Mercury Tribute as Dean Richardson returns as our fantastic Freddie!

Kindness in a Cup

Tue 6 Oct 2020

Our friendship group is the ideal place to meet new people, do come along for a chat and a cuppa, everyone is welcome! First Tuesday each month.

MIC FREE ZONE

Mon 12 Oct 2020

Free to enter singers club with some poetry and instrumental music. NB in Jan the club usually moves to a third Monday to avoid clashing with 'Plough Monday' a local tradition.

Miss Entrepreneur Meet-Ups

Tue 20 Oct 2020

Are you a female small-business owner? Would you like more support, guidance, companionship on your Entrepreneurship journey? If you do, then this monthly meet up is the place for you!

Kindness in a Cup

Tue 3 Nov 2020

Our friendship group is the ideal place to meet new people, do come along for a chat and a cuppa, everyone is welcome! First Tuesday each month.

MIC FREE ZONE

Mon 9 Nov 2020

Free to enter singers club with some poetry and instrumental music. NB in Jan the club usually moves to a third Monday to avoid clashing with 'Plough Monday' a local tradition.

Miss Entrepreneur Meet-Ups

Tue 17 Nov 2020

Are you a female small-business owner? Would you like more support, guidance, companionship on your Entrepreneurship journey? If you do, then this monthly meet up is the place for you!

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