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Braintree Public Gardens are located in BraintreeEssex. Opened to the public since 1888, the gardens were the brainchild of Sydney Courtauld, son of famous textile entrepreneur Sam Courtauld. After a downtown in fortunes in the late 1880s, Sydney Courtauld decided to donate his gardens to the locals of Braintree and Bocking and to this day they remain one of the area's biggest draws - and well worth a visit if you're staying in a nearby Essex hotel.

Lots of Family-Friendly Facilities from Your Essex Hotel

The gardens were opened to the public a year after Queen Victoria's jubilee celebrations and it is recorded that celebrations were almost as extravagant! Today, there might be a little less fanfare, but there's still plenty to keep families occupied. Braintree Public Gardens comprises of a pond, war memorial, laurel walk, bandstand and the Gardens Coffee House - where you can enjoy some quality tea or coffee and delicious homemade refreshments. There are also a number of other facilities at the site, including a wildlife and observation hide located at the north-west corner of the gardens, where, if you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of some local wildlife. The gardens are a great place for visit with children and there is a well-equipped children's playground and tennis courts, open all year round.

Easily Reached from Your Hotels in Braintree

Braintree Public Gardens are located right in the town of Braintree, with several top quality hotels nearby. The White Hart Hotel is a historic coaching inn that dates back to the 16th Century and is within walking distance both of Braintree Train Station and the gardens. The region of Essex boasts many other quality hotels and guesthouses, such as the Best Western The Rose and Crown Hotel, which you'll find in Colchester, around 15 miles from the gardens.

Wherever you're staying in the county of Essex, Braintree Public Gardens are well worth stopping by and are very easily accessed by car. There are various places to park in Braintree, and you can park free for up to one hour in Bocking End, which is opposite the gardens. Alternatively, there are pay and display car parks at Howard Hall and George Yard.