10 great virtual tours of Essex’s prettiest places

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 November 2020 | UPDATED: 10:42 03 November 2020

Finchingfield (c) grassrootsgroundswell, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Finchingfield (c) grassrootsgroundswell, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


From Mersea to Maldon and Colchester to Thaxted, we’ve put together this collection of virtual tours that provide you access to Essex’s prettiest places from the convenience of your screen

Naze Tower

Whether you’re admiring the tower itself from the ground or enjoying the surrounding coast from up on its viewing platform, you’re guaranteed to have your breath taken away. Click below for more angles of the area or tap ‘View on Google Maps’ for more exploring.

Some other views: Naze Tower from a drone | View from the Tower

Sights and sounds of Maldon

Starting out from the statue of Byrhtnoth the Saxon you are taken around some of Maldon’s most prominent locations including the Promenade Park, Hythe Quay and Fullbridge.

Click here for more about the Battle of Maldon and Essex’s rich history.

Audley End House & Gardens

This Jacobean mansion is one of Essex’s most recognisable buildings and so will always be incredibly popular with photographers wanting to document the area.

Some more angles: A Day in the Life of Audley End | Behind the Scenes | Audley End from a drone

Thaxted and Tilty

The countryside around Thaxted and Tilty is some of our county’s best and likely somewhere many of us can’t get near at the moment. In the below video you can enjoy such rural vistas as well as angles of Thaxted Windmill and Tilty Abbey.

Read more about Essex’s windmills here.

Layer Marney Tower

As England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower understandably has some stunning countryside views stretching all the way to the River Blackwater.

Some more views: Layer Marney from a drone | Up close to the property

Hadleigh Castle

Look out past the remains of this 13th century fortification for stunning views right over to the Hadleigh Ray and well beyond. On a clear day you can easily see across the county border into Kent.

Some more angles: Hadleigh Castle by drone | From Canvey to Hadleigh Castle

Colchester during lockdown

Explore Britain’s oldest recorded town without its usual hustle and bustle with this recent walk around the centre. You’ll no doubt be pleased to see how well people are adhering to social distancing protocols!

Here are 26 reasons to love Colchester.

Taking the train at Southend Pier

At 1.34 miles, Southend’s pier is the longest in the world and from the end you get an unrivalled view of the Thames Estuary and Southend itself. This clip shows you the train ride out to the end and gives some facts about the pier’s history.

Read more about Essex’s underrated coast.

Mersea Island

Missing Mersea? Then the view below of summery skies as boats float peacefully by will hopefully be a nice reminder of what is waiting for you once we can get out to explore our county once again.

Some more views: Documentary looking at Mersea | West Mersea by drone | The Strood at high tide

Sights of Finchingfield

With its beautiful gree, pond and collection of period properties it’s no wonder that Finchingfield is considered one of Essex’s prettiest villages. In this video you get the bonus of some adorable chicks growing up on the green.

Here are more of Essex’s prettiest places.


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