Welcome to Essex

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.

2020 is the year to visit Essex!

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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.
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A new closed road cycling event will take place in the county this September following 50 or 100 miles of beautiful Essex countryside. 15,000 spaces available. Plus a free family event and Cycling Festival!
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Rochford celebrates the 200th anniversary of the HMS Beagle with a family event in May. The ship once sailed Charles Darwin around the world and is now believed to lie deep in the mud at Paglesham. 

Come and stay for a short break in Essex

This is Essex - Take a second look at Essex: It's people, places and events

Plan your visit

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There is a wealth of places to visit and explore in Essex from historic houses and gardens, museums, theatres, outdoor activities and much more.

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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.

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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.

Travelling around Essex

Essex is on London's doorstep and is served by an excellent rail network and local bus routes as well as accessible travel links from all over the UK and Europe.

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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