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Short Breaks in Essex - suggested itineraries

Essex has so much to discover and experience, take some time to explore with one of our suggested short break itineraries. 

Follow our routes or pick your favourite elements and create your own - they are designed to inspire!

From coastal and cultural trails to active adventures and fascinating heritage. For drivers and those travelling by train. Whether you are travelling solo, with your loved one, as a family or with friends. We have combined ideas for places to visit, and activities to try with overnight accommodation and eateries along the way - making your perfect short break. 

Idyllic Villages and a Grand Mansion

A row of brightly coloured terraced houses
Maze and Gardens - Birds eye view
Chairs and tables laid in restaurant
Church and a row of houses

Visit the pretty villages and historic towns of Saffron Walden, Finchingfield and Thaxted - from thatched cottages to a stately home, discover our heritage.

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Roman Relics and Island Flavours

Two people surrounded by the trees and gardens of Beth Chatto
A couple riding an interactive Roman chariot
Couple looking at something in a display cabinet
A pot of Tiptree jam with a cream tea in the background
Oysters and beer on the table
The Lady Grace boat with captain
Birds flying

Calling all foodies... sample fresh Mersea oysters and indulge in a world-famous Tiptree cream tea! From Britain's First City, Colchester, to Mersea Island, explore our county of contrasts. 

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Geological Wonders & Maritime Heritage

Row of colourful beach huts against a blue sky
Fish and Chips on a plate
Tower and surrounding countryside
Views of the coastline
A man buying seafood at a fish counter
A lighthouse out to sea
A couple sitting on the beach looking out to sea

Breathe in the fresh sea air as you explore the beauty of Walton-on-the-Naze from the ground and from the top of the tower. Discover the heritage of historic Harwich

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Go Wild in Essex with friends

Entrance to the brewery with beer tents and people
Two women harnessed to an adventure rope park
Group on a raft
Group cooking over a campfire next to their tent
Person driving a go-kart

Adventure with friends, from the depths of an escape room to the dizzying heights of a rope park! This trip to Brentwood, Chigwell and Lee Valley will create plenty of buzz among your pals for months to come.

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Seaside Delights only a train ride away

Woman spreading butter on her scone
A woman in a bathrobe talking to a spa worker
A woman having a massage
Three friends pleased to have won an escape room
Group of friends walking along the pier
Different flavoured ice creams laid out in a chiller

Travel by train to the Essex Coast for a chilled break in Southend-on-Sea - we have combined the traditional seaside experience (ice cream, fish and chips, rollercoasters) with spa, boutique shops and themed escape rooms. 

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