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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 are plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the year, from fairs and festivals to concerts and theatre.

Perhaps you are a history buff? There are some real historical gems awaiting visitors to Essex. Maybe you’re a foodie? Our guide to the world-class eating establishments, from fine dining to gastropubs, is a must read. Shopaholic? From shopping outlets to villages with traditional high streets, it doesn’t get better than this so have a browse of our shopping guide. With a vibrant arts and culture scene, castles, cinemas, museums and pantomimes on the pier, Essex has something whatever your cultural taste. And if all that sightseeing has worked you up a thirst, check out the best bars to grab a well-earned drink.

Whatever it is you’re looking for in Essex, let our informative blogs help shape your travel plans!

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Getting around Essex

Getting around Essex

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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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