We welcome you to Essex for a memorable day out or short break away.

Explore our county

Rural Escapes
Picture of a cow at the edge of the River Stour and drinking water.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.
Discovery Coast
Picture of a boat moored at the quayside with the sun setting on the horizon.Explore 350 miles of Essex 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.
Historical Essex
Picture of a woman and man in period costume walking with a horse in front of Audley End House 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.
Cultural Essex
Picture of the iconic Firstsite building at night.Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to lesser-known local artists.