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Discover Great Days out in Essex

Discover this exciting and diverse region, Essex is the perfect place for some great days out and weekend breaks that'll leave a lasting impression. Learn about Essex coastal towns and visit miles of stunning seafront, crammed full of historic gems, hidden in tiny villages throughout the county, from Colne Valley Railway, small visitor attraction of the year, to Layer Marney Tower, the tallest Tudor gatehouse in England. Or enjoy rural Essex and simply stroll through some of our beautiful gardens and adventure parks.

Enjoy great days out in Essex discovering the past with a trip to Audley End House, one of England's grandest stately homes and explore the restored historic stables, complete with resident horses and a Victorian groom. For a bit of Roman history head for Colchester Castle Museum at the heart of Britain's oldest recorded town or travel west to Hedingham Castle, a stunning Norman Keep built in 1140 and visited by kings and queens.

After great days out in Essex don't forget to download and send FREE electronic postcards to your friends and family.

Cultural Essex

firstsite, fantastic new art space in Colchester. Link through to more cultural Essex articles.

Essex has a diverse heritage offering interesting cultural associations.

Discovery Coast

Maldon Quay, the home of the graceful and historic Thames Sailing Barges. Link through to more maritime Essex articles.

350 miles of spectacular coastline, estuaries and coastal villages.

Rural Essex

Essex countryside. Link through to more articles on rural Essex.

Undulating countryside, rolling wheatfields and ancient woodlands cover three quarters of the county.

Historic Essex

Colchester Castle. The first recycled building in Essex. Built on Roman foundations by the Normans this is one of the finest examples of a Norman keep in Europe. Link through to more articles on historic Essex.

Influenced by Romans, Saxons and Normans Essex's history is rich and contrasting.

Essex County Council
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