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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.

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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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Visit Essex has 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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Throughout the year special events from fairs and festivals, to art and food, plays and live entertainment, walks and tours provide 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.

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.