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The Marygreen Manor Hotel is an excellent choice for business or leisure. The Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Brentwood just minutes from the M25 Junction 28. Close to Brentwood Main line train station with direct links to Stratford and Liverpool Street and within easy driving distance of Stansted Airport, Lakeside and Blue Water shopping centers, reach Central London, by train or car, in less than one hour.

A selection of local attractions are listed here:



Brentwood Town

Brentwood is a town and the principal settlement of the Borough of Brentwood, in the county of Essex in the east of England. It is located in the London commuter belt, 20 miles (30 km) east north-east of Charing Cross in London, and near the M25 motorway.

Brentwood is an affluent suburban town of 71,500 people and with a small, but expanding, shopping area and high street. Beyond this is extensive sprawling residential development entirely surrounded by open countryside and woodland; some penetrating to within only a few hundred yards of the town centre. It is perhaps most widely known for Brentwood School and for several businesses based in the town.,_Essex

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Bluewater Shopping Centre

Bluewater is an out of town shopping centre, located in Greenhithe, Kent, England. Opened on 16 March 1999, it is owned by four major UK institutions, Prudential plc, PRUPIM, Lend Lease Europe Ltd, the Lend Lease Retail Partnership and Hermes.

Situated on a 240-acre plot in a former chalk quarry, with 330 stores the centre has a sales floor area of 154,000 m2 over two levels, making it the forth largest shopping centre in the UK after the Trafford Centre in Manchester.

17 miles


Brentwood Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Helen is the Roman Catholic cathedral in the English town of Brentwood, Essex. It is the seat of the Diocese of Brentwood.

Brentwood Cathedral began in 1861 as a parish church built in a gothic style. This relatively small building was raised to Cathedral status in 1917. Between 1989 and 1991 the church was enlarged in an Italianate Classical style by Quinlan Terry. The original church building on the south (liturgical east) side was retained

The new Brentwood Cathedral was dedicated by Cardinal Basil Hume on 31 May 1991. The donors chose to remain anonymous and the money was given solely for this purpose.

1.4 Miles

Brentwood Centre

The Brentwood Centre provides a whole host of first class leisure facilities plus is home to over 120 events each year. Which range from concerts with Paul Weller, Dionne Warwick, Mcfly, the Sugababes and Status Quo to the hugely successful Beauty and Body Show, Wedding Fairs and Fishing Exhibition. For the local community the Centre has also welcomed Choral Operatic Societies, School Concerts and performances, Youth Art Groups and much more.

The venue has also accommodated Championship Boxing live on Sky, Amateur Boxing, the London Festival of Gymnastics and World Matchroom Snooker Championships. They are also home to a National League Basketball team, International Latin American and Ballroom Dancing Championships and the World Table Tennis Championships.

2.4 Miles

Brentwood Karting

One of the most demanding and exciting go-karting circuits in the country. Situated on the Brentwood Leisure Park complex, just 4/5 minutes drive from junction 28 of the M25 and A12, or 15 minutes drive from Chelmsford in Essex. This well established circuit caters for everyone from the eight year old novice to the race-hardened expert.  With a variety of bends and cambers and at a huge 8 metres wide this circuit offers a varety of racing lines and multiple overtaking opportunities - easy to learn, but hard to master!

1.9 Miles

Brentwood Museum

Brentwood Museum is housed in a picturesque 19th century building once a sexton's cottage. Although small, it offers a fascinating insight into Brentwood life in the early part of this century, with an exciting collection of social and domestic objects dating from around 1840-1950.

Combine your visit with Lorne Road Nature Reserve adjacent to the museum, a peaceful and now disused cemetery where the graves are an interesting and varied collection, some maintained under the auspices of the War Graves Commission bearing witness to the enormous number of troop movements that passed through Brentwood during the First World War.

The museum is open on the first FULL WEEKEND of each month from April to October. Opening times: Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm-4:30pm. Monday 10:30am - 12:30pm. Car parking is free.


1.8 Miles

Brentwood School

Brentwood School is a leading independent school in Brentwood, Essex, England. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

The licence to found the school, as "The Grammar School of Antony Browne, Serjeant at the Law, in Brentwood" was granted by Queen Mary to Sir Antony Browne on 5 July 1558, and the first Schoolmaster, George Otway, was appointed on 28 July 1558.

In 1568 the school moved to a purpose built school room, which still remains, the commemoration stone of which was laid by Browne's stepdaughter Dorothy Huddleston, and her husband Edward, Browne having died in 1567.

The school room was next to the site where nineteen-year-old William Hunter was burned to death for refusing to accept the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The Martyr's Elm grew on the spot of his incineration.

Today the school is separated into three main sections: Senior School (ages 11 to 18), Brentwood Preparatory School (ages 7 to 11) and Pre-Preparatory School (ages 3 to 7).

Originally the whole school was for boys, but in 1974 the Governors took the decision to allow a small number of girls to enter the Sixth form. The Girls' School opened in 1986, admitting girls from ages 11 to 18, with the Preparatory School following suit in 1998.

1.4 Miles

Brentwood Ski & Snowboard Centre

The Leading Outdoor Ski & Snowboard Centre in the South East of England. Overlooking more than 54 acres of beautiful scenic woodland, the Ski & Snowboard Centre offers an exciting variety of dry skiing and snowboarding to suit all ability levels - from complete beginner to some of the best racers in the country.

1.9 Miles

Brentwood Theatre

Brentwood Theatre – the community theatre for Brentwood, Havering and beyond – opened in December 1993 following fifteen years of campaigning and fundraising by a dedicated core of theatre followers who collectively realised that Brentwood was the largest town in England without a dedicated theatre space.

Brentwood Theatre aims to provide the people of Brentwood and the surrounding areas with a vibrant, artistically challenging community theatre offering a wide-ranging programme in the performing arts.

1.4 Miles

City of London

London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world's largest financial centre alongside New York City and has the largest city GDP in Europe. It has the most international visitors of any city in the world and London Heathrow is the world's busiest airport by number of international passengers. London's 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe. In 2012 London will become the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.

28 Miles

Danbury Lakes

Danbury Country Park is situated only 4 miles from Chelmsford. It is set in the gardens and old deer park of Danbury Palace and offers a blend of walled garden, lakes and woodland. The site offers a site for quiet recreation. Fishing is available on the bottom lake and there are several short walks which are way marked around the site.

18.6 Miles

Essex County Cricket Ground

Essex County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh national cricket structure, representing the historic county of Essex. Its limited overs team is called the Essex Eagles.

The club plays most of its home games at the County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford. It also plays some games at Lower Castle Park in Colchester, and at Garons Park in Southend. The club has formerly used other venues throughout the county including Ilford, Leyton Cricket Ground, Romford, and Billericay.

Essex has a very strong limited-overs team, which has won the National League in both 2005 and 2006, won the Friends Provident Trophy final in 2008, and reached the 2011 Twenty20 Cup finals day.

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Essex Marina

Located N 51° 37.34' E 0° 47.85' on the River Crouch, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Essex Marina boasts 500 deep water moorings, including 50 swinging moorings all with access to the sea at all states of the tide. Our pontoons are modern with all berths having water and electricity available.

Located just 7 miles from Southend and 15 miles from Basildon, and less than an hours drive from London, Essex Marina attracts customers from all over the South East.

27 Miles

Greenstead Church Ongar

Greensted Church, in the small village of Greensted, near Chipping Ongar in Essex, England, is the oldest wooden church in the world[1], and probably the oldest wooden building in Europe still standing, albeit only in part, since few sections of its original wooden structure remain. The oak palisade walls are often classified as remnants of a palisade church or a kind of early stave church, dated either to the mid-9th or mid-11th century.

The church lies about a mile west of Chipping Ongar town centre. Its full title is The Church of St Andrew, Greensted-juxta-Ongar. It is, however, commonly known simply as Greensted Church to locals and tourists alike. Greensted is still a functioning church and holds services every week. The volume of tourist visits is light, but steady.

9.6 Miles

Hanningfield Reservoir

The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and offers superb views over the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir.

It is an ideal place to view the wildlife within the nature reserve and to receive the latest sightings news. The centre has full disabled access as does the Lyster Bird hide that is a short distance away.

15 Miles

Highlands House / Park

Hylands House, in Chelmsford, Essex, is a stunning Grade II* listed property, spectacularly restored to its former glory situated in 574 acres of historic landscaped parkland.

Hylands Park is home to numerous events throughout the including the V Festival.

11 Miles

Ingatestone Hall

Ingatestone Hall is a sixteenth century manor house in Essex, England. It was built by Sir William Petre, and his descendants live in the House to this day. Queen Elizabeth I of England spent several nights at the hall on her royal progress of 1561. The Hall has two priest holes. Among the priests to have been at the hall was St. John Payne who was executed in 1582.

Ingatestone Hall is open to the public. It represented the exterior of Bleak House in the 2005 television adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel, and also appeared in an episode of the TV series Lovejoy.

6.3 Miles

Secret Nuclear Bunker - Bunkerland Adventure Park

Witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister, their collective task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.

Mulitple Activities are also available at the bunker including: Rope Runners - High Ropes Adventure, Archery, Air Rifle Target Shooting, Water Zorbing Tunnelling and Paintball Alley.

5 Miles

Lakeside Shopping Centre

The Lakeside Shopping Centre is a large out-of-town shopping centre located in West Thurrock. 

The shopping centre is the seventh largest in Britain with 1,434,000 sq ft available as retail floorspace[1] - the MetroCentre in Gateshead, after its expansion in 2004, is the largest. There are over 250 shops, of which there are 4 anchor stores, 50 cafes and restaurants and a 26-acre (110,000 m2) lake named Alexandra Lake with a PADI certified diving school complex. Lakeside has on average 500,000 visitors per week.

It is currently open on weekdays from 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The centre's car parks have capacity for 13,000 cars.


10.5 Miles


Maldon is an area of the UK on the east coast in Essex. Due to its location the district has close ties with the coast in both industry and leisure terms and it is home to river estuaries for the Blackwater and Crouch rivers. The district is rich in wildlife and has many natural attractions including saltwater marshes, farmland and a range of charming villages.

24 Miles

Maylands Golf Club

Play on a truly outstanding course. Just 2 miles from Marygreen Manor Hotel, you will find Maylands, a distinguished golf club in Essex. The 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course was expertly designed by world famous golf course architect, Harry Colt, in 1936. In his time, Colt contributed to the creation of more than 300 courses throughout the world, including the Eden Course at St Andrews, Royal Portrush in Ireland, Pine Valley and Augusta - the home of the Masters - in the United States.

Maylands features a large practice field, an 18-hole four-tier putting green and a chipping green, with two practice bunkers. Whether you need some hands on tuition or just a few helpful tips, the PGA Head Professional, is always on hand to provide expert guidance and training.

Maylands is the perfect Golf venue with a 200-year old clubhouse, brimming with charm and character.

2.1 Miles

Mountnessing Windmill

Mountnessing Windmill was built in 1807, replacing an earlier mill. There are records of a windmill here since 1477. The mill was working until 1924, and it worked again in 1932-33.

In 1937, ownership of the mill passed from the Blencowe Estates to Mountnessing Parish Council. It was repaired as a memorial to King George VI, whose coronation was in that year.

4.8 Miles

Old Leigh – Leigh-On-Sea

The “Old Town” is the original fishing village of Leigh-on-Sea steeped in a wealth of history and legends of bygone days.

Leigh has a long history as a settlement dependent on the sea, and despite many changes, still has some of the atmosphere and character of the old, seafaring community. There are three troupes of Sea Scouts based down there and they come together to organize the hugely successful annual Leigh Regatta, which raises funds for themselves and a nominated charity. Sailing is a very dominant theme with Leigh Sailing Club based there and Essex Yacht Club just along the towpath.

No trip to the Old Town is complete without a visit to the famed "Cockle Sheds" with a bewildering and mouth-watering array of fresh seafood. These have evolved from a long history of trawling for shellfish, and they still cook the cockles in the sheds.

19 Miles

Old MacDonald's Farm

Looking for family days out in Essex? Old MacDonald’s Farm is more than just an animal petting farm. They have exciting indoor soft play areas and fun outdoor activities for kids to enjoy.

2.6 Miles

Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park, Stratford, was the center piece of the 2012 London Olympics & Paralympics. It has a capacity of 80,000, making it the third-largest stadium in England behind Wembley and Twickenham. The stadium was used for the 2012 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies as well as being the venue of all the athletic events during the games.

16 Miles

Romford Greyhound Stadium

Romford Greyhound Stadium is a dog track located in Romford in the London Borough of Havering in east London. Owned by the Gala Coral Group, the stadium has a capacity for over 4,300 people. Romford Greyhound Stadium is one of the last remaining dog tracks in London. The stadium has won several awards including Winner of the British Greyhound Racing Board's 'Racecourse of the Year' award in 1998 and again in 2003.

There are five race meetings each week, on Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons and during the evening on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. At night the first race starts at 7:30pm and the last race starts at 10:40pm. Monday and Wednesday evening meetings have 12 races while the Friday and Saturday evening meetings have 13 races

6 Miles

Southend On Sea, Adventure Island

The famous family fun park, Adventure Island is a great day out. Located on the Southend Sea Front close to the Famous Mile Long Pier, Adventure Island is home to 34 rides and over 50 attractions.

23 Miles

Sugar Hut - Brentwood

Located on Brentwood High Street, The Sugar Hut Village has been featured throughout the popular TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ on ITV2 as the night life destination of choice.

1 Mile

Thorndon Country Park

This beautiful country park contains a diverse range of habitats and is managed both for people and for its precious wildlife.

A surfaced track connects the wooded and heathland areas of Thorndon North with the more open parkland of Thorndon South. The path runs through the Old Park, an area owned and managed as a traditional wood pasture by the Woodlands Trust, and is designed to be used by all, whether on foot, cycle, mobility scooter or horse.

3.6 Miles

Weald Park

Weald Country Park is located to the west of Brentwood. At nearly 500 acres it is the largest of the Essex County Council Country Parks. Parkland has been established here for more than 700 years; the lakes, the tree-lined avenues, and large parkland trees are the result of the landscaping carried out in the 18th century.

The Ranger service at Weald Park and Thorndon Park offers many special activities throughout the year. Activities for children vary from investigating flowers and insects to kite making and Halloween walks. In addition there are many educational walks and tours for family and adults on topics such as natural history, fungi and country park management. 

1 Mile

Westfield Stratford City

Westfield Stratford City is a shopping centre in Stratford, London. The centre opened on 13 September 2011, with a total retail floor area of 1,883,700 square feet (175,000 m2) and taking the surrounding shopping area into account, Westfield Stratford City is the largest urban shopping centre in Europe. The shopping centre has approximately 300 stores, 70 restaurants and a seventeen screen all-digital Vue cinema.

15.8 Miles