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A rich tapestry of everything that makes Britain great

Welcome to Essex!

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 here. Essex manages to combine ancient and modern, fascinating towns and villages and ever-changing coastlines to create the perfect day trip or short break. It boasts 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.

There are numerous places to visit and explore including historic houses and gardens, museums, theatres, outdoor activities and much more. And plenty of high-quality places to stay, too. There are plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the year, from fairs and festivals to concerts and theatre, and some of the freshest, finest food available, whether it’s fish and chips by the sea, or a gourmet dinner in luxurious surroundings. Essex is a stone’s throw from London’s doorstep and is served by an excellent rail network and local bus routes as well as accessible travel links from all over the UK and Europe.

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You'll find our beautiful, printed guides in leading hotels across the UK and Ireland. But you can also read or download the e-book versions: filled with interesting articles, local information, discounts and special offers.

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