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Visit Essex | Official tourism website for days out, holidays and much more

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

Essex is a real county of contrasts offering a rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great. There is a wonderful collection of old and new, and Essex manages to combine modern facilities, fascinating towns and villages and ever-changing coastlines to create the perfect day trip or short break. Boasting the palatial splendour of historic houses such as Audley End House and Gardens in Saffron Walden, to newly created architectural masterpieces such as firstsite in Colchester, together with affordable accommodation, Essex should be the destination of choice for your next visit.


Win FREE tickets to attractions throughout Essex in our first EVER Essex Big Weekend!

Essex Big Weekend

Excitement is building for Visit Essex’s first EVER Essex Big Weekend! Residents will be able to visit some of our county’s finest tourist attractions for FREE!

Attractions across the county have donated FREE tickets for residents to use on 1st and 2nd April 2017. Residents can bid for available tickets to as many attractions as they wish from 16th February - 17th March. Two tickets per household (per attraction) will be allocated by ballot to the lucky winners (some family tickets will also be available).

The fun-filled weekend will include tickets for tours, family days out and adrenaline-fuelled experiences.

Organised by Visit Essex, the Essex Big Weekend is designed to encourage residents to rediscover the amazing things to see and do in our county - and to then spread the word about them – DON’T MISS IT! Click here to register.

Plan your visit

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We have 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.

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There is a wealth of places to visit and explore in Essex from historic houses and gardens, museums, theatres, outdoor activities and much more.

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There are plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the year, from fairs and festivals to concerts and theatre, yet another reason to visit our county.

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The county has some of the freshest, finest food available. Whether your preference is fish and chips by the sea, or a gourmet dinner in luxurious surroundings.

You can also.....

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Whether you are searching for a fairytale castle, a historic barn, or something completely different, you will find the perfect venue to suit you. Over 150 venues in Essex will provide ambiance, charm and character for your big day.
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Wow your clients with a top class venue for your next meeting. How about a meeting in an ultra-modern eco friendly building, a historic Thames Sailing Barge or the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England? Essex will not disappoint you.
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Why not make a big splash at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, host venue for the white water rafting at the London 2012 Olympic Games, or climb to great heights on the high ropes at Rope Runners or Gilwell Park. 

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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.