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.
Plan your visit
There is a wealth of places to visit and explore in Essex from historic houses and gardens, museums, theatres, outdoor activities and much more.
Our county is blessed with collections and museums that will bring the past to life for you. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans; all have made their mark.
There are plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the year, from fairs and festivals to concerts and theatre, yet another reason to visit our county.
The county has some of the freshest, finest food available. Whether your preference is fish and chips by the sea, or a gourmet dinner in luxurious surroundings.
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Explore our county
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.