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Sightseeing in Essex

Observatory
“Home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the Prime Meridian of the world and London’s Planetarium.”
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Museum
“The part and the castle are two great attractions for you. The castle sits on the ancient Roman Temple of Claudius and houses some artefacts of national and international importance. Boudica famously burnt the temple to the ground. The grounds of the castle now sit within Colchester Castle Park, a park with children's playgrounds, walks and horticultural displays, a bandstand and boating lakes.”
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Monument / Landmark
“The curly-wurly red scaffolding tower lords it over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from its position right alongside the Olympic Stadium. Designed by the artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond, it stands 114.5m (376ft) tall – with lifts (and a 455-step staircase) up to two platforms from which you take in the interesting, if not entirely spectacular, view ­– The Shard, St Paul’s and the Wembley arches are all very much on the skyline. There are also two of Kapoor's entertaining distorting mirrors inside and some newly installed digital telescopes so that you can get closer to the views.”
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Historic Site
“The Old Royal Naval College puts on the International Early Music Festival and Exhibition every year. What exactly does this mean? Well, it means that you’ll find a huge range of instruments for sale from ivory oboes to harps, clavichords, fiddles and bagpipes as well as orchestral performances, recitals and workshops. The festival normally takes place during the first week of November so be there!”
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Monument / Landmark
“Visit the World's tallest, longest and fastest tunnel slide Rooftop bar and cafe offering panoramic views of London”
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Office
“Airy ground floor restaurant in a Canary Wharf tower, for Modern European cooking with a twist.”
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Castle
“Severndroog Castle on Shooters Hill is gothic style, brick-built tower. Having undergone a massive restoration project, the castle has been open to the public since 2014 and the rooms once again have beautiful ornate ceilings and chandeliers. The ground floor is now a cafe open from breakfast and brunch, to lunch and tea. It’s a great stop after some exploring.”
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Monument / Landmark
“Friday lunchtimes (1pm) you might well find a recital by very gifted young musicians from one of the main London schools of music. World class and free.”
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Office
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“Visiting Canary Wharf can give you a crick in the neck from always looking up at the skyscrapers. It’s true that the skyline of this district certainly has a lot to offer. However, the most magnificent building of them all is One Canada Square. Although it is the second tallest building in Britain after The Shard, it is the largest in the country, covering a surface area of over 400,000 square metres. The 236-metre high tower climbs more than 50 floors and has been standing tall in Canary Wharf since 1991. Although the building is unfortunately not open to the public, it is worth paying a visit to look up at its majestic architecture.”
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Historic Site
Historic Site
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Historic Site
“Regular open days throughout the summer, beautiful walks around the falls and along the river.”
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Historic Site
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Historic Site
“13th century manor house set in beautiful parkland. The building has been restored and is a museum. Guided tours and events all year.”
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Historic Site
“On the farm itself, the only working Tide Mill in Essex. Owned and operated by Essex County Council and open on the last Sunday of each month from April to October 2pm - 5pm.”
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Historic Site
“Stand with one foot in the East and one in the West. Because Greenwich is the centre of the universe!”
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