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Tel code: 01268 | code search
Postcode: SS6 | code search
Population: 30000
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Rayleigh is a large Market town positioned on a hill in the county of Essex, and is home to over thirty thousand people. The town has an interesting history and dates back to Saxon times, the Romans came here, and the Normans built a Motte and Bailey castle here, Rayleigh Mount, although little survives today it is an ideal spot for a stroll or even a pic nic. Adjacent to the castle stands an impressive Windmill which was built in the 1780's although much restoration took place later, today visitors can share the interesting tale it has to tell through its fascinating exhibits proudly on display. The town was once renowned for its wooded forests that royalty claimed as Hunting grounds which saw many monarchs visiting here. Today's visitors, royal or not, can enjoy a wide choice of pubs and restaurants to try, an enjoyable Indoor Market in Rayleigh Lanes, or there is always the small outdoor market that's held weekly. A walk up the High Street will please the most hardened of shoppers and few can fail to notice the ancient church which rests on an earlier site, whose 15th Century Tower was built with stones from the Castle which graces the skyline


Dutch Cottage
Hockley Woods
Megazone Laser Arena
Rayleigh Mount
Rayleigh Windmill and Museum


Premier Inn Basildon (Rayleigh) *book online*


Wyburns Farm Caravan & Camping Site

Care Home

Rosedale Court


Church View Dental Practice
Connaught House Dental Surgery


Church View Surgery
The Rayleigh Surgery

Farmers Market

Rayleigh Farmers Market


Rayleigh Chartered Market
Rayleigh Farmers Market
Rayleigh Lanes Indoor Market

Pub and Bar

Half Moon
Hungry Horse
Paul Pry Tavern
The Crown

The Weir


Marco’s Bar
Oriental Inn Restaurant
Zeenuk Restaurant


Alan Simpson & Co
Fitzwimarc Secondary School
Grove Primary School
Rayleigh Primary School


Barnes, Sarney & Game


Abba Cars
Elite Taxis
S&T Private Hire


Wyevale Garden Centre
Woodside Garden Centre
The Mews Shopping Service

Places to Stay near Rayleigh

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Premier Inn Basildon (Rayleigh) (0.64 miles)

Premier Inn Basildon (Rayleigh)
Conveniently positioned within easy reach of the M25. For shops and local amenities Basildon town centre is only 3 miles away. Ideally located just half a mile from Rayleigh train station. Our Basildon (Rayleigh) Premier Inn ... More | visit website
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The Chichester Hotel (2.27 miles)

The Chichester Hotel
The Chichester Hotel is an independently owned family run hotel that offers a warm welcome with freindly service to both business and leisure travellers. The hotel is constructed around a rectangular courtyard garden, two sides of ... More | visit website
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Frasers (3.01 miles)


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Quality en-suite guest accommodation in the village of Battlesbridge, famous for its Antiques shops.Nestling on the banks of the River Crouch, an idylic countryside setting, but close to the towns ... More

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Innkeepers Lodge (3.58 miles)

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Situated in Wickford this lodge is located close to basildon zoo, basildon leisure park and southend and chelmsford shopping centres. only eight miles to the east, southend on sea offers ... More

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Premier Inn Southend-on-Sea West (3.66 miles)

Ideally located on the A127 the main road into Southend; this hotel is within 2 miles of Rochford and Southend Victoria train stations and also 2 miles from Southend Airport. For shops and local amenities ... More | visit website
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Grand Hotel (3.83 miles)

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The Grand Hotel has16 en-suite bedrooms a stones through from the sea front.Breafast is served from 7am to 9am Monday to Saturday 8am to 10am Sundays. A full menu is ... More

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The Oakland Hotel (4.05 miles)

The Oakland Hotel
The Oakland Hotel is a family owned hotel providing a warm and friendly welcome. We are conveniently located in the town centre close to Chelmsford and Southend on Sea. South Woodham Ferrers is surrounded ... More | visit website
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Maison Renouf (4.23 miles)

Maison Renouf

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As Southend's only Boutique Hotel you will find Maison Renouf stylish and friendly. Rooms are large with an en-suite bathrooms and showers. Our prices include all you can eat ... More

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Premier Inn Basildon (East Mayne) (4.67 miles)

Premier Inn Basildon (East Mayne)
Located close to the A127 and only 20 minutes from Southend, Chelmsford and the M25. There are local train stations 10 minutes away, on the Fenchurch line. For entertainment, just 5 minutes away is the ... More | visit website

Balmoral Apartments (4.89 miles)

High grade, self catering accommodation in Southend (4 star rated). Luxurious 2 bedroom (en-suite) apartments with off street parking convienient for Southend town centre, main line stations and main bus routes. Beautifully equipped and with ... More

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