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Essex, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire

Rayleigh Mount

The site of a medieval castle, now a green oasis for wildlife

Rayleigh, Essex

A view up the path towards the hill at Rayleigh Mount, Essex

Planning your visit

Family enjoying a picnic

Events at Rayleigh Mount 

Discover what's on next at Rayleigh Mount. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this beloved local treasure by joining one of our guided tours, or relax and enjoy the lively atmosphere at a community picnic.

A view of some steps and green vegetation at Rayleigh Mount in Essex

Visiting Rayleigh Mount with your dog 

Dogs on leads are welcome at Rayleigh Mount. Find out about the facilities available and how to make the most of your visit with your four-legged friend.

Timbers excavated at Rayleigh Mount on display at Rayleigh Town Museum, mounted upright, in troughs of small stones

Castle Timbers come home to Rayleigh 

The Rayleigh Mount timbers came home in 2023, to be displayed in Rayleigh Town Museum. These were excavated in the twentieth century. They are of varying length and further research is needed to fully understand them. The timbers are believed to be nearly a thousand years old and the museum is investigating a conservation regime to support their long-term care. Do check out the opening times of the museum when you visit the Mount and drop in, to see not only the timbers but also their eclectic collection bringing to life everyday characters of the town.

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland


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