Hedingham Castle and grounds

Useful visitor information

If you haven’t visited Essex before, then now’s the time to do so. With a website full of information readily at your fingertips, we hope you will be inspired to visit our wonderful county.

You will be surprised by our rural landscape and diverse coastline, the Essex Discovery Coast, the second longest of any English county at 350 miles. We also have historic market towns and villages, including Colchester Britain’s First City and Finchingfield, often referred to as “the most photographed village in the UK”.

Essex is easily accessible by train and road with connections via the M25 and M11. We are the only county in the UK with four international gateways; Stansted Airport, Southend Airport, The Cruise Terminal at Tilbury and Harwich International Port. We are literally on London’s doorstep!

So what are you waiting for? Explore, experience and enjoy Essex.

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Essex is on London's doorstep and is served by an excellent rail network and local bus routes.

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Friendly staff will be able to assist you with in-depth knowledge of their particular area.

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Some fascinating things about our county you might not know, but won’t quickly forget.

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.