What to do and see in Harlow, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

August 13, 2017 Christa Meece

Harlow is a former Mark One New Town and local government district in the west of Essex, England. Situated on the border with Hertfordshire, it occupies a large area of land on the south bank of the upper Stort Valley, which has been made navigable through other towns and features a canal section near its watermill. Old Harlow is a village-size suburb founded by the early medieval age and most of its high street buildings are early Victorian and residential, mostly protected by one of the Conservation Areas in the district. In Old Harlow is a field named Harlowbury, a de-settled monastic area which has the remains of a chapel, a scheduled ancient monument.
Restaurants in Harlow

1. Pets' Corner

Edinburgh Way | Town Park, Harlow CM20 2QG, England +44 1279 422790
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4.5 based on 238 reviews

Pets' Corner

Pets' Corner is NOW OPEN after the Refurbishment works. We really appreciated your patience whilst the works were being carried out and hope you enjoy your visit with our new look.

Reviewed By 1981Nina1981 - Standon, United Kingdom

It’s free. It has animals. It has hand washing facilities. You can feed the birds. The turkeys are fabulous, sometimes a little stalky the way the follow you round, but thats ok. Pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys, mice, reptile things, rabbits, plenty to see. A small area and if your lucky you could spend 30 minutes is soninnhere. Leave a donation though, don’t be a cheap skate! That’s how it stays open and free. The setting is nice. Nearby is an outdoor adventure playground, plenty of space to run cycle and play. Great for kids. Cafe has been re done and is no frills and basic but good all the same.

2. The Henry Moore Foundation

Dane Tree House Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE, England +44 1279 843333
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

The Henry Moore Foundation

Sculptor Henry Moore's former home and studios. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is now an art gallery & sculpture park showing the artist's iconic work. Moore's former family home & sculpture studios are also open to visitors. Opening is seasonal. Henry Moore Studios & Gardens will be open again from July 2016.

Reviewed By macham162 - Much Hadham, United Kingdom

Lovely countryside setting in East Herts .with Moore's varied design sculptures set out in garden setting or open fields. Relaxing to stroll around and enjoy the ambience and stunning sculptures. Henry Moore's house is also well worth a visit (guided tour in small groups when we last visited). The building and contents have been kept as when Moore lived there.
The new cafe/visitor centre(with shop) (opened in 2016) is a vast improvement on the previous building and offers outside Seating for coffee and cake.

3. Lee & Stort Boat Co.Ltd

The Reef Knot | Roydon Marina Village, Roydon, Harlow CM19 5EJ, England
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Lee & Stort Boat Co.Ltd

Reviewed By Hoverhoo - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom

The Ware and Hertford Waterbus by Lee & Stort Boat company opens up a different world at a very different pace. Gently meandering along the River Lea throught the flood plains of Hertford is quite possibly the most relaxing thing you could do all summer. The journey slows you down so much that, "stop and smell the roses" becomes meaningful. We all rush around we don't take enough time to breath in the scenery. Along the banks there are cute cottages from a different age; wild Canadian geese getting comfortable in the fields, and interesting Gardens to moored barges. Wave at everyone and they will wave back, esecially children and others on barges. Experience the locks; amazing technology without a silicon chip in sight. There's time to chat, have tea or a drink. Watch the ducks and moorhens following alongside. You expect to see Ratty, Toad and Mole sitting down to a picnic as you glide by the meadows.
Best of all is watching the dark and slimy locks gate slowly open to see a fairtale landscape emerge on the otherside with weeping willows dipping into the water, it's your own tale of a riverbank.
Only at weekends in summer months. We are going to make it an annual event. A serene step back in time, well worth a visit.

4. Redwings Ada Cole

Epping Road | Epping Road, Broadley Common, Nazeing EN9 2DH, England +44 870 040 0033
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Redwings Ada Cole

Redwings Ada Cole is home to over 70 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, including handsome Gelderlander Zippy, cheeky donkey Del Boy, lovely Shetland pony Tinkerbell and rock ‘n’ roll pony Elvis – not forgetting Redwings’ tiniest resident, Teeny Tucker! Visitors can enjoy walking tours and horse care demonstrations, followed by hot drinks and tasty snacks from the Nosebag Cafe. There is also an on-site gift shop offering a range of souvenirs, all proceeds from which support the hundreds of horses in our care. While visiting Redwings Ada Cole, you might like to support the work of the charity by adopting one of its friendly residents, either for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one. A year's adoption costs just £15! Redwings Ada Cole is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is FREE and dogs on leads are welcome too!

Reviewed By Angela B - Reading, United Kingdom

Visited this morning and spent a good couple of hours wandering around the place. Lovely, clean site with lots of info on the horses, ponies and donkeys there. There is plenty of opportunity to get close to the ponies and stroke them. Had coffee and...MoreAw, what a lovely review! Thank you Mrs_AB_78! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

5. Harlow Playhouse

Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS, England +44 1279 431945
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4.5 based on 92 reviews

Harlow Playhouse

Harlow Playhouse is a leading creative hub and venue in the East of England. We aim to provide enjoyable cultural experiences for everyone, working in partnership to support healthier, happier and safer communities; and to stimulate opportunity, creativity and innovation around us.

Reviewed By Keith H - London, United Kingdom

Our first visit to this theatre, we were very impressed. The venue is comfortable with easy multi-storage parking next door. We went to see Peter Pan, I can honestly say this was one of the best pano's we have seen.Fab entertainment presented in an innovative and professional way. WELL DONE TO ALL THE TEAM

6. Rye Meads Nature Reserve

Rye Meads Nature Reserve Rye Road | Stanstead Abbotts, Ware SG12 8JS, England +44 1992 708383
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Rye Meads Nature Reserve

This wetland nature reserve has something to offer everyone and will appeal to families, walkers, birdwatchers and photographers alike. With 8 hides and 3 large lagoons the reserve plays host to a variety of species such as Tufted duck, Common tern, Green sandpiper, Cetti's warbler, Kingfisher, Water vole, Fox, and most recently Black-Necked Grebe. A great place for children and families with spotter trails, and regular events, but also very popular with birders and people after a relaxing walk or some peace and quiet. The friendly visitor centre offers two classrooms, a bird feeding station, hot and cold drinks and refreshments, and toilet facilities, plus free parking for RSPB members. Opening times are every day from 9 am to 5 pm (or dusk if earlier). Please note that the reserve is closed on Christmas and Boxing Day.

Reviewed By suenhelen - welling

Our second visit here and we arrived in hope of glimpsing a kingfisher as we had before. Well we were not disappointed. We sat and watched both breeding parents feed, dive, catch fish and coordinate their feeding visits back to the nest.
The volunteers on the door were very helpful and welcoming. Brilliant...I recommend everybody become an RSPB member.

7. The Gibberd Garden

Marsh Lane | Gilden Way, Harlow CM17 0NA, England +44 1279 442112
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

The Gibberd Garden

Reviewed By CAB449 - Limassol, Cyprus

We managed to visit on the last regular opening day of the season. Now open only for special events. What a wonderful garden. So worth a trip. Easy to locate. Parking available plus disabled parking.Payment on entry is fair price to encourage repeat attendance. Good facilities such as a Tea room and a wheelchair access route available. Dogs welcome with usual clean up proviso and bins provided. The Gardens themselves are delightful with such a range of planting that it is difficult to describe. Treas bushes overflowing pots and borders that all fit the changing landscape so well. The sculpture map would keep children happy for a few hours trying to locate all the pieces. There are water Gardens sochildren do need to be supervised. Absolutely lovely. Will be on my go to list for all open season.

8. Parndon Wood Nature Reserve

Parndon Wood Crematorium & Cemetery Parndon Wood Road, Harlow CM19 4SF, England +44 1279 430005
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve

Reviewed By drpetembe - Wickham Market

Went for grandson's birthday. Nicely placed on the edge of Harlow (head for the crematorium!) Big reserve, with a centre where you can get snacks, or have birthday tea! We tried den building and bug hunting, both enjoyed by all the children. The leader on the day was new, and a bit inexperienced, but I am sure will grow into the role. You bring your own food, but beware, there is extra charge for hiring a boiler for tea etc for adults.

9. The Roydon Lockhouse

Roydon Lock High Street, Harlow CM19 5EF, England
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The Roydon Lockhouse

This is a lovely little house along the river, that serves Tea/coffee ice creams, cakes, cold drinks, we also stock coal for the winter, we have a lovely little Seating area at the side overlooking green scenery and the river lock, once you have finished your stroll along the river stop by for a slice of tea and cake served by stephanie the lady of the house with a great welcoming personality.

Reviewed By Ronnie191 - Harlow, United Kingdom

Open 1st march 2017! Teas Coffees Cakes Toasties Pets allowed! Beautiful scenery! They have a facebook page the roydon lock house follow and like their page for more details of how to find and what the river tea garden is always up to!

10. Harlow Town Park

School Lane, Harlow, Harlow CM20 2QD, England +44 1279 435466
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Harlow Town Park

Harlow Town Park was opened in 1957 and consists of covers 164 acres and includes Water, Newfoundland, Specimen, Sensory and Walled Gardens, the Stort Valley Meadows and Peace Wood, paddling pool, bandstand, Skate Park, Outdoor gym, Adventure playground, plus Pets' Corner and Spurriers House, built in the 1860's. The Town Park recently secured a Green Flag, the national award for Parks in the UK

Reviewed By Helenmarie1 - Derby, United Kingdom

We went to Harlow park with our 5 year old she enjoyed pets corner which is free to visit, she also had a lovely time on the park and the padding pool, we ate at the cafe on the park as well which was very nice.

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