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Over the past few years Essex has become the highlight on TV due to hosting one of the most popular reality TV shows in England, ‘The Only Way is Essex’. However there is a lot more to this county than just the TV show, surrounded by large areas of green belt and with a highly interesting history it makes an great place for a trip away.
Population of Essex
Top 4 Places to Visit in Essex
With a history dating back over 2000 years ago Colchester is recorded as the UK’s oldest town! As you can imagine there are stories to be told here, lots of them!
It was one of the most important settlements for the Romans and has a lot of Roman remains and landmarks to prove it. Here is Colchester you will find the largest surviving Roman gateway in England, the Balkerne gateway was built where the Londinium Road crossed into the towns wall and is now a grade I listed building.
You can download a fantastic app whilst in Colchester that was created by Colchester and Ipswich museum, the app allows you to walk around the town and see it how the Romans would of done, mapping important buildings and structures as you go past them, you can also download an audio tour, both give you a really unique experience!
Colchester Castle should without a doubt be on your list of things to do here, the Norman built castle is very much still in tact and allows you to walk the walls of this building that was built in 918! The castle museum displays amazing artifacts that are from over 2,500 years ago!
Once in the grounds of this marvelous castle there are various activities going on that you can partake in which will make you experience here even more memorable, the castle is also surrounded by award winning gardens for you to enjoy.Search Hotels Here
Saffron Waldon is a unique Medieval market town in Essex that still has a great deal of interesting old buildings from the towns past, it is also home to St Mary’s the largest parish church in Essex.
There are some great unique attractions here, one being the Saffron Waldon mazes. The maze on the common is one of eight surviving turf mazes left in the UK and is the largest in the world at 132 feet with 17 circuits.
Audley End House and Gardens is an amazing place to discover about Victorian history, step back in time as you walk around this marvelous house meeting Victorian actors and getting insights to real working Victorian life!
It is a fantastic day out and a really fun way to learn for the whole family, there are real horses that you can visit and a children’s play area.Search Hotels Here
Southend-On-Sea screams adventure as soon as you arrive here, fun thrill seeking attractions are everywhere, it really makes a great holiday town.
If you are after a super fun day out then head over to Adventure Island, with over 60 rides and attractions that will suit the whole family you will really love it here!
If the UK weather has taken a turn for the worse then don’t worry, then Southend-On-Sea really has got everything covered – literally! Inside Adventure is a fully indoor adventure park with fun rides and different attractions, there is also a brilliant soft play area with over 10,000 balls inside!
Also along the sea front you will find 9-hole adventure golf and Sealife Adventure.
The town has a great range of places to stay to suit all budget types as well as a range of restaurants and local fish and chip shops, after all you can’t beat good old English fish and chips on the beach! oh and hot donuts, can’t forget the donuts!Search Hotels Here
Between the 60’s and 70’s Clacton-on-Sea saw a big boom in tourism and was one of the most popular places for a UK holiday.
Located on what is known as Essex’s ‘Sunshine Coast’ the town offers all the traditional attractions from a UK seaside holiday and more.
The seafront Victorian gardens are stunning and really well kept, surrounded by palms trees, bright coloured flowers and a beautiful green lawns it is a great place to relax and people watch!
Along Clacton Pier you will find a whole range of fun rides, arcades and bars; some of the rides are under cover so you can still have fun in the rain.
Clacton-on-Sea has a great shopping center with well now high street stores but also with some outlets selling with discounts of up to 60% so you can grab yourself some bargains.Search Hotels Here
Location of airports in Essex
London Stanstead Airport
London Stanstead Airport is the closest to the county of Essex, it is a total of 19 miles away which takes approximately 40 minutes by car.
The nightlife in Essex happens in Chelmsford which is around 0.5 miles away.
Don’t be fooled by the TV show, most people head to places closer to London for a mega extravagant night out here in Essex, however if that isn’t an option then Chelmsford has a great deal to offer that will suit most needs.
The town has quite a few popular restaurants / come bars by night, some of which are more well known chains such as ‘Slug & Lettuce’ and ‘The Wheatsheaf’, there are also a few independent bars each offering different drinks, cocktails and more.
Escedra is a great place to gor for amazing signature cocktails, they are really tasty!
Large nightclubs such as The Bassment, Evoke, CTZN and Bar and Beyond are all very popular if you want to carry on until the early hours of the morning.
Scenery and places to see
Sat on large areas of stunning green belt there are actually quite a few scenic places to see in Essex.
Mersea Island is a mix of fabulous beaches and salt-marches the views here look out over the Blackwater Estuary making it one of the most picturesque places in the county!
Laney Marney Tower also has amazing views once at the top, the tower is the tallest Tudour gatehouse in the whole of the UK and looks out onto field of bright green farmland.
Along the coast you will also find beautiful natural places, old harbours and beaches make great sunrise and sunset back drops here in Essex.
Essex has a deep and long standing history, especially in Colchester the oldest town in England.
Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Normans all made their stamp here building large castles, forts and gates that have made history and given the county great character today.
Coalhouse fort is an interesting Victorian defense site that was built to protect England from the invading French and then was also used during WW1 and WW2, you can explore old cannons, Military collections and aviation collections.