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Take in some of the interesting historical and cultural sites during your visit to the Tendring and North Essex area which include:

The Harwich Maritime Trail
The Harwich Society
Tendring Heritage
• Churches
BBC Church Guide
Essex Churches/Venues
• Museums
Walton Maritime Museum
Brightlingsea Museum
Wireless & TV Museum
• Museums Essex
• Martello Towers
• Clacton
• St Osyth
• Walton-on-the-Naze
• Art Galleries
Naze Tower - Walton

Or simply Step back in time!

For more information on things to see and do in the District contact the local Tourist Information Centre on 01255 686633

Open Days
To find out about Culture & Heritage Open Days in the District visit Heritage Open Days or call: 0844 335 1884

Culture & Heritage

"A wide range of heritage sites to visit, from prehistoric relics and medieval churches to stylish Victorian villas"

Steeped in a wealth of History, the Tendring Peninsula, which takes its name from the old Tendring Hundred has a wide range of heritage from prehistoric relics and medieval churches to stylish Victorian villas.

There is a strong maritime history present throughout the District in towns such as Brightlingsea, Historic Harwich, Dovercourt, Manningtree and Mistley.

Another legacy of the Essex Sunshine Coast is the Martello Towers. This line of defensive fortresses located along the coast in Walton-on-the-Naze, Clacton-on-Sea, Jaywick and Point Clear were initially built in the 1800's to resist a potential invasion by Napoleon.

For more information on Culture & Heritage open days in the Tendring District visit Heritage Open Days or for information on Essex wide Activities, Arts and Heritage.

The Mayflower Project
The Mayflower was the ship that transported Pilgrims from England to the New World in the year 1620. There were 102 passengers and the crew is estimated to be around 30 but the exact number is unknown. The voyage has become one of the most important stories in American history. It is entirely likely that the Mayflower was FIRST launched in Harwich; she was designated as ‘of Harwich’ in the Port Books of 1609-11. Harwich was the birthplace of Mayflower master Christopher Jones in around 1570.

From records of the time, and to avoid confusion with the many other Mayflower ships, the identity of Captain Jones’ Mayflower is based on her port, Harwich, her tonnage (estimated at 180-200 tons), and the master’s name in 1620. In a document of January 1611, Christopher Jones is described as being ‘of Harwich’, and his ship is called the Mayflower of Harwich (in Essex county).


Learn more at The Mayflower Project.


In 2020 the United Kingdom, United States of America and Holland will commemorate and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. A series of global events will take place mark this occasion. For more information visit www.mayflower400uk.com


Click on the following link for fun facts about Tendring!

Clacton Old Lifeboat House

The old lifeboat house on Clacton Pier.


Find out more information on Unlocking Essex's Past or the Heritage Gateway, and visit the Links page for more information on Culture & Heritage.

The Naze Tower

The Naze Tower - Walton-on-the-Naze

Stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones

Frinton old church. Installed by William Morris, the artist was Edward Burne-Jones

Harwich Electric Palace

The Electric Palace Cinema - Harwich





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