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Visit Essex for a great short break and MORE

Thinking about visiting Essex? The county offers a rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great. The county’s gently rolling landscapes speckled with picturesque towns and villages have inspired a range of well-known artists and gardeners to work their magic. Scattered throughout the county are many spectacular gardens, country parks and nature reserves that are all well worth a visit.  The green countryside contrasts sharply with the vast coastline - 350 miles long. Vibrant seaside towns merge with quiet, isolated beaches that in turn become networks of tidal inlets and estuaries, rich in wildlife and perfect for a relaxing day out or a short break away.

So, if you are looking for somewhere new to discover, come and visit Essex!

Explore our countryside

Dedham Vale. Find out more about the Essex countryside.

Get off the beaten track and explore our picturesque villages and iconic landmarks, there’s much to delight the whole family.

 
 

Experience our coastline

Harwich. Find out more about the Essex Discovery Coast.

With historic naval forts, waterside towns and plenty of local seafood, there’s much to see and do along the Essex coastline.

 
 
 

Essex attractions

Colchester Castle Museum. Link through to attractions page.

Essex offers a plethora of attractions, from historic houses and churches, through diverse museums and galleries to gardens, country parks and vineyards. 

 
 

Essex events

ESSEXstreetdiversions outdoor performance in Chelmsford. Link through to events page.

Essex hosts numerous festivals and events, from the world renowned V-Festival, free outdoor performances to puppet festivals, air shows, food festivals and country shows.

 
 

Essex Tourism & Hospitality Awards

Link to the Essex Tourism & Hospitality Awards page.

The search is now on to find the 2014 'best of the best' amongst Essex's tourism and hospitality businesses. Find out here who were the best venues in 2013.

 
 
 

Itineraries

Sunset in Maldon. Link through page with suggested Essex itineraries.

Suggested themed itineries helping you to discover Essex.

 
 

Send a FREE postcard

Link through page to send an electronic postcard from Essex.

Send FREE electronic postcards from Essex to your friends.

 
 

Essex houses & gardens

Audley End House and Gardens. Link through to Essex Houses & Gardens page for more information.

Glorious historic buildings and gardens offering a great day out.

 
 

Must see attractions

Link through the Must See attractions page.

Essex has many gems for you to explore and enjoy.

 
 
 
Essex County Council
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