Places to Visit Manningtree & Mistley

Essex History on the River Stour

Less than a ten minute drive from The Lion at East Bergholt is the town of Manningtree and historic village of Mistley. Mistley and Manningtree are well worth a visit during your stay offering walks, attractions, shops, pubs and plenty of history to explore. In this article we explore what there is to see and do in Manningtree and Mistley during your stay at The Lion.

Manningtree's History

Situated on the banks for the River Stour, Manningtree offers visitors a charming blend of natural beauty, historical intrigue, and modern amenities. History enthusiasts appreciate Manningtree’s fascinating heritage which dates back centuries. The town's historic High Street is lined with charming period buildings, including the iconic red-brick facade of the Manningtree Old Library, which dates back to the 17th century. Visitors can delve into the town's past by exploring local museums, historic sites, and guided heritage walks, which offer insight into Manningtree's role in shaping the history of Essex and beyond.

Mannintree's Architecture

Eating & Drinking

From traditional pubs serving hearty pub lunches to stylish restaurants showcasing modern British cuisine, Manningtree offers something to suit every palate. Visitors can also explore the town's bustling farmers' market, where they can sample locally sourced produce and artisanal treats, or enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea in one of Manningtree's quaint tearooms.

Better still, after a long day exploring Manningtree, why not head back to The Lion at East Bergholt and enjoy dinner from our diverse menu. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Eating in East Bergholt

Arts & Culture

In addition to its natural beauty and historical charm, Manningtree boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, with galleries, theaters, and music venues showcasing the talents of local artists and performers. Whether you're attending a live concert, browsing contemporary art exhibitions, or enjoying a performance at the local theatre, there's always something happening in Manningtree to captivate and inspire visitors of all ages.

Manningtree Theatre


Mistley, situated next to Manningtree is definitely worth a visit when you are staying at The Lion in East Bergholt.

Mistleyís History

The history of Mistley is closely tied to its maritime heritage, with the village once serving as a bustling port and shipbuilding center. In the 18th century, Mistley Quay was a thriving hub of activity, with ships transporting goods such as grain, coal, and timber along the River Stour to destinations across the country and beyond. The iconic Mistley Towers, constructed in the 18th century as part of a grand estate, stand as a testament to this prosperous era and provide a striking backdrop to the village's riverside scenery.

Today, visitors to Mistley can explore its rich history through a variety of attractions and activities. One of the highlights is a stroll along the scenic riverfront, where you can admire views of the Mistley Quay and the historic Mistley Towers while soaking in the peaceful ambiance of the riverside setting.

History enthusiasts will also enjoy a visit to the Mistley Parish Church of St. Mary and St. Michael, a beautiful example of medieval architecture with its impressive tower and stained glass windows. The churchyard is the final resting place of many notable figures from Mistley's past, providing a fascinating glimpse into the village's history.

Mistley Towers