This ancient Essex town of Maldon, with its oldest part sitting high on a hill overlooking the Blackwater estuary, has a rich and varied history just waiting to be explored.

MALDON is famous for the Hythe, which is the home to many of the remaining Thames barges, and the district offers visitors a wide range of places to visit and activities to enjoy.

It is also well known for its Promenade Park, originally created on the sloping bank of the River Blackwater over one hundred years ago. Popular with visitors and residents alike, this park is the centre of summer fun with playgrounds and various childrens activity areas including the very popular splash park.

PROMENADE PARK
On the banks of the river Blackwater, this park has been popular with generations
HEYBRIDGE BASIN
Where the Chelmer & Blackwater navigation meets the Blackwater estuary
MUSEUMS
Local & Social History, Combined Military Services and the Museum of Power
BOAT TRIPS
Explore the Blackwater Estuary and beyond with one of the many boat trips available
WHERE TO STAY
A selection of accommodation on offer in the Maldon district
WHAT'S ON
Your guide to many of the events happening in the Maldon district
Click for details of the Maldon Festival 2015
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens will be open on selected dates in 2015 - click for details
The Promenade Park Splash Park is now open on weekends, school holiday and other selected dates - clicl for more details
Being one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex, a walk up the High Street to the crest of the town reveals many buildings whose brick facades conceal medieval timber frames. At the junction of the High Street and Market Hill stands the tower of St Peters which is attached to the building erected in 1704 by Dr Thomas Plume to house his famous library and the Maldon's grammar school. The school has long since moved and the ground floor now contains the Maeldune Centre which displays the Maldon Embroidery depicting life in the town from the Battle of Maldon to the present day.

Further along is the Moot Hall, built in the 15th century for the d'Arcy family and most recently used as the council chambers, magistrates court and police station. Another few yards and you will reach the 13th century All Saints' Church, famous for it's trianglar tower and Washington Window.

Market Hill, lined with more timber framed buildings including the old workhouse, leads steeply down to Fullbridge at the crossing of the River Chelmer. This area was once a thriving port with it's wharves busy unloading ships laden with timber and other materials. It is also the home of Maldon's old railway station building which has survived despite the railway being closed in 1964. At the end of Station Road you will find the Combined Military Services Museum containing a large collection of weapons and armoury and other displays.

Maldon Events in the next 7 days
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Friday 3rd July 2015 10.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon   CM9 6LL
Three acres of gardens provide a fine setting for the picturesque and historic former abbey buildings dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. Light refreshments, parking.
Click here for further details

Cost: Adult £5.00, Children aged 5-16 £2.50, Children under 5 free
Music for a Summer's Evening
Saturday 4th July 2015 7.30pm
St. Andrew's Church, Fambridge Road, Althorne   CM3 6BZ
Favourite tunes on the organ, singing & poems! Tickets £5, call 01621 740481. Ticket prices includes a glass of wine & nibbles. Event in aid of organ repair.
Cost: £5 ticket
More details: 01621 740481
Maldon Motor Show 'Classics on the Prom'
Sunday 5th July 2015
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon   CM9 5JQ
Vintage and veteran cars, music and entertainment
More details: maldonmotorshow.co.uk
Maldon High Street Shopping Guide