Live Local, Love Local - explore our county for a little less

Explore Essex and discover what's on your doorstep. 

“Essex is special because it’s home,” is how former Olympian Mark Foster summed up the county. He’s absolutely right, of course, and there’s a lifetime of amazing places to explore, experience and enjoy.

The days are longer and warmer, so what better time to get out into the county and discover some great days out right on your doorstep? Visit Essex has yet again teamed up with top attractions and venues across the county to offer a range of discounts and special deals for fabulous days out that won’t break the bank; from battle-worn castles and lavish stately homes where you can step inside and see the past come alive to animal encounters, heritage railways, seaside adventures and watermills that are uniquely Essex. Coupled with a wealth of free attractions and breathe-in-the-fresh-air outdoor spaces where you can blow away the cobwebs and reconnect with nature, there’s never been a better excuse to get outdoors and enjoy some great value days out around the county.

Special offers for you to enjoy

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Explore the many Essex attractions and experience a great day out for a little less.
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Enjoy the culinary delights at some of Essex's restaurants offering special deals.
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Pitch your tent or stay a little longer with a couple of offers from Essex accommodations.

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.