a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions


National Rail | station code RLG

Essex Offers & Links

Rayleigh Town Museum ½ mile

The museum is housed on the first floor of 91 High Street and covers the history of Rayleigh. Admission free but there may be charges for events.
Open Wed & Sat 1000-1600.

Rayleigh Mount NT ½ mile

The site of a medieval wooden motte and bailey castle, the mound is now an urban wildlife haven with views across the Crouch Valley. Information boards are in the adjacent Windmill. Admission free.
Open Daily 0700-1800 (1600 Nov-Mar), closes 1400 on Sat.

Rayleigh Windmill ½ mile

Rayleigh Windmill contains a museum, exhibition space and information about the adjacent Rayleigh Mount.
Open Apr-Sep, Wed 1000-1300, SSu 1300-1600.

Dutch Cottage ½ mile

This unusual octagonal building is thought to date from the 18th century.
Open by appointment, see website.

Rayleigh map

Hyde Hall RHS Garden by bus

Gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society with a variety of traditional and modern styles. Highlights include the Dry Garden with drought resistant plants and the Hilltop Garden with roses and herbaceous borders. Children's play area. Café and picnic areas.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (closes 1630 Nov-Feb).
Bus 3 from Station Road (NOT bus stop in station forecourt) to opposite the pedestrian entrance, shortly after Rettenden. 19 minutes journey, M-S infrequent and not all journeys operate via Hyde Hall. The Hyde Hall stop is served Mar-Nov only. Operated by First. Buses also operate from Battlesbridge and Chelmsford.
Hyde Hall Garden is 2¾ miles walk from South Woodham Ferrers station.