Welcome to Essex

Great Adventures, Close to Home

We’re pleased to launch a NEW county-wide campaign, encouraging our Essex residents to support our local tourism businesses.

Stay local this summer and discover some of the gems on your doorsteps, support local businesses and be informed by researching and checking information before visiting. We have created a go-to-guide here - Know Before You Go.

With over 2,000 years of history and 350 miles of coastline to explore, making it the second longest in the country, there are many places to explore safely that are off the beaten track and away from ‘honeypot’ areas which are heavily populated and crowded.

We also urge everyone to respect the environment by using the rubbish bins available at your chosen destination or by taking any litter home with you when you do go out.

Stay local, stay safe and have fun!
The Visit Essex team

What makes Essex unique?

Essex is a real county of contrasts offering a rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great. There is a wonderful collection of old and new, and Essex manages to combine modern facilities, fascinating towns and villages and ever-changing coastlines to create the perfect day trip or short break. Boasting the palatial splendour of historic houses such as Audley End House and Gardens in Saffron Walden, to newly created architectural masterpieces such as Firstsite in Colchester, together with affordable accommodation, Essex should be the destination of choice for your next visit.

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Get planning... a short break in Essex

Events taking place later this year

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Celebrating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, there are lots of events taking place throughout the county this year, including the British Science Festival in Chelmsford this September.
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A series of events are taking place to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage to the "New World". From shanty festivals to illuminations, this is the year to visit coastal Harwich.

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.

You can also.....

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Whether you are searching for a fairytale castle, a historic barn, or something completely different, you will find the perfect venue to suit you. Over 150 venues in Essex will provide ambiance, charm and character for your big day.
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Wow your clients with a top class venue for your next meeting. How about a meeting in an ultra-modern eco friendly building, a historic Thames Sailing Barge or the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England? Essex will not disappoint you.
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Why not make a big splash at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, host venue for the white water rafting at the London 2012 Olympic Games, or climb to great heights on the high ropes at Nuclear High Ropes or Gilwell Park.

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