We provide extended eye testing times so you are not rushed. We can provide:
NHS eye tests
Sunglasses
Contact lenses
Chidren's eyecare
Varifocals
Prescription sunglasses
Designer sunglasses
Free hearing assessments
Ear wax removal
Ear stringing
Hearing aids

There is often free parking along the High Street in front of the practice. Alternatively, there is a car park at Chapel Street, CO9 2LS which is a 2 minutes’ walk away (behind Sainsbury’s).

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • General Optical Council

Serviced Areas

  • Halstead, Sible Hedingham, Earls Colne, Colchester, Braintree, Coggeshall, Essex, Suffolk

Contact Details

  Website
  City Halstead
  Postcode CO9 2AP
  Address 28 High Street
  Phone Number 01787472209

  • I would recommend this business

Wonderful staff & since receiving a complimentary ‘Anti-Fog’ wipe - they have changed my life!!!! Such a blessing to be able to see!!!! I shall return to buy a shed load! Thank you!

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Always friendly, helpful and completely professional. An enjoyable experience and most times you can park outside!

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  • I would recommend this business

Love this opticians and the team who work in the Halstead Branch, nothing is ever too much trouble. They go above and beyond to provide brilliant service, whether it's fixing glasses that have been trapped in the car door, sourcing frames, or fitting new glasses, they always do it with a smile and a great deal of patience. Our whole family have been using Wardale Williams for many years and would highly recommend them.

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  • I would recommend this business

Thank you to the wonderful team at Halstead for looking after me and seeing me so quickly for an emergency eye appt. I couldn't hav been looked after more efficiently professionally and kindly. A thorough review of my eyes was carried out by the very talented optician Luxoni. I can honestly say she is a credit to your team. Carol the very kind receptionist seems to know all the patients needs and makes any visit a pleasure and the dispensing optician Keely is very good at helping you to choose the correct frames too. I have always used Wardale Williams and been a patient there for many years. I would highly recommend them. Thank you Wardale Williams - you do Halstead proud we are blessed to have you on our High Street. Big thanks once again.

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Brilliant service and very friendly. All staff very helpful and didn't feel rushed! Thank you!

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Thank you so much to Wardale Williams who fixed my glasses yesterday when I took them in, in three totally separate parts! I’m not even a customer.., I wasn’t anyhow, that will change. My normal optician is in the City where I work but due to COVID, I’m working from home at the moment so was totally stuck. Very helpful, great service!

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Fantastic service today ar WW, Halstead. Thank you very much for mending my husband's glasses, even more so as he's a somewhat lapsed customer. Thank you also for the spare glasses case to enable me to take them home safely.
Very friendly, kind and efficient staff. Just great!

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As always the best eye care ever. My daughter Enola absolutely loves going to the opticians because of the care and attention they give to her each and every time. It's like Christmas to her each time she gets a new pair of glasses and always gets treated like a little princess . Extremely good opticians and wouldn't recommend anywhere else!

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  • I would recommend this business

The team are great... they all go the extra mile to make sure I have a positive experience for getting new specs or new contact lenses. The personalised, thorough service is great and I appreciate that I am in good hands with an experienced optometrist.

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  • I would recommend this business

Called in a bit of a panic today with an eye problem, another local optician had been particularly unhelpful but Carol took my call and was an absolute pleasure to deal with, she was incredibly helpful, called back when she said she would and when Halstead couldn’t help sorted me a same day appointment in Sudbury, where I also experienced fabulous service, thanks to you all you now have a new customer who will definitely be back!

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  • I would recommend this business

Excellent service from start to finish. The annual sight test was very thorough and revealed that I had a developing cataract.The implications of this were explained in some detail.
The headline costs are higher than those charged by the high street chains but: a) the test is very thorough
b) discounts are applied to the spectacles so that, in the long term, the costs are much the same.
c) the whole experience, from start to finish is of care and attention to detail.

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Customer Testimonials

This is the best opticians in the area in my opinion. Have been going there for many years. High tech equipment, coupled with old fashioned consistency. Many staff have been there for years! Always will give you the best deal and best sincere advice. Not just about the "money" but more about the "people"! (rare). Highly recommended by me and all my friends in the area.


Always found Observatory Opticians to give first class service. Have used them for many years. Staff friendly but more importantly explain options in a non pressurised manner. Fantastic range of frames and lenses. Most recently bought Zeiss Drive Safe Varifocals in Lindberg frames - very pleased. Highly recommended opticians.


I find all of the staff, friendly, helpful and very patient. Nothing is too much trouble and they certainly do go the extra mile for their clients. Give them a try.


Unlike some of the “chain” stores, you are always made to feel like an individual and the attention to detail and your personalised care is second to none.

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