Visit Chelmsford, the birthplace of radio

Being Essex’s only City, a visit to Chelmsford will certainly leave you spoilt for choice and entertained for hours. With a variety of places to explore, sites to see, and unique events there really is something for everyone! Offering great transport links, including a short 35 minute train ride from Central London and quick access to the A12, means you can be here in no time at all with more time to discover and enjoy all that Chelmsford has to offer.

Being Essex’s only City a visit to Chelmsford will certainly leave you spoilt for choice and entertained for hours. With a variety of places to explore, sites to see, and unique events there really is something for everyone! With great transport links you can be here in no time at all, giving you more time to discover and enjoy all that Chelmsford has to offer.

Discover Chelmsford

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Chelmsford stands out for having a spectacular events programme. Rize Festival is a large music festival which takes place at Hylands Estate in August, and events such as CITYdiversions and the award winning 3foot People Festival offer a truly unique experience with a variety of performances designed to thrill and fascinate.

For a family day out, visit Chelmsford’s outstanding attractions, with history to be explored at Chelmsford Museum or watch a game of cricket at the County Ground. Take in the impressive architecture of buildings such as Chelmsford Cathedral and Shire Hall and admire the beauty of the fully restored Grade II listed Hylands House. Get closer to nature by visiting RHS Hyde Hall, or take a stroll in one of the many parks or surrounding picturesque villages Chelmsford has on offer.

For shopping lovers Chelmsford has not one but three shopping centres  (the Meadows, High Chelmer and Bond Street), offering all the high street names including John Lewis, as well as exciting independent retailers and boutique stores. When it’s time to rest those feet there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs for you to grab a drink or a bite to eat.

When it’s time to rest those feet there is not a shortage of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs for you to grab a drink or a bite to eat. As night falls grab your dancing shoes and make a night to remember; why not take advantage by staying overnight in one of the many accommodation options.

Highlights of the area

Picture of the outside front of Hylands House with some tree on the left.
A beautiful Grade II* listed neo-classical villa set in over 500 acres of Repton landscaped parkland and gardens. Venue for a variety of different events from craft fairs to music festivals.
Picture of a family walking along exquisitely maintained flower beds.
With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views over the countryside, this Essex garden provides somewhere to watch the changing seasons and get closer to nature.
Picture of horseriders and the main building in the background at night.
As Britain's newest racecourse, Chelmsford city is one of only three floodlit courses in the country, providing good quality racing and fun. The two restaurants offer a lively atmosphere all year round.
Two items on display at Chelmsford Museum
The displays take you through the fascinating story of Chelmsford and district; from the Ice Ages to the white heat of technology. What-ever your interests there’s something for all the family to enjoy.
Two cricket players busy batting.

Essex County Cricket Club is based in the heart of the county at The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford with First-Class cricket taking place from April through to September.

Image of tables and chairs overlooking Hanningfield Reservoir
Visit the UK's premier 'any method' trout fishery, perfect for both beginners and the experienced. The 'Cafe on the Water' boasts stunning views over the reservoir as well as a variety of refreshments.

High Chelmer is the largest shopping centre in Chelmsford, with more than 80 shops and stores including Primark, Topshop/Topman, Superdry, Boots, River Island, Miss Selfridge, and New Look.

Indoor Fun at Jump Street

People jumping on trampolines

Boasting the largest activity centre in the UK, Jump Street offers indoor entertainment for people of all ages! With over 300 trampolines, the largest Clip and Climb centre in the world and over 4,000 square feet of soft play to explore.

Chelmsford Theatres

Night time image of the Civic theatre entrance
At the Civic Theatre, you will never be far from the stage and with great views from every seat, you can immerse yourself in the performance. The Cramphorn Studio is a more intimate studio theatre and home to The Chelmsford Picture House which shows films regularly.