Holidays in Essex
Think of Essex and it’s highly likely that the TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ will spring to mind. But there is a lot more to Essex than meets the eye. Medieval villages dot the countryside that inspired Constable to paint his masterpieces, and the towns, cities and coastline offer something for everyone to enjoy on a holiday to Essex.
Things to do in Essex
The city of Colchester claims to be the oldest recorded city in Britain with evidence of settlement on the spot as far back as the 5th century BC. The Normans built Colchester Castle, which still stands today, and visitors can see the county prison, Celtic Round House and the castle’s museum. While in Colchester the kids will want to visit the zoo, or follow the trail through the wood at Beth Chatto Gardens and High Woods Country Park.
There are many small towns and villages worth discovering on an Essex holiday. Manning Tree is the smallest town in England, while the beautiful River Colne runs through Wivenhoe and West Mersea. Enjoy the fresh sea air on the promenade at Frinton-on-the-Sea and have fun on the pier at Clacton-on-Sea.
Southend-on-Sea is a coastal resort for Londoners wanting to escape for the weekend. With a mix of sandy beaches, amusement arcades, nightclubs, fish and chips and ice creams on the pier it certainly caters to the young and old, as well as families and young adults. Its pier at 1.33 miles long is impressive and happens to be the world’s longest.
Adventure Island in Essex’s Southend-on-Sea is an amusement park next to the pier, and there’s also Sealife Adventure Aquarium to keep the kids happy. For something a little more upmarket head to Clarence Yard, a wine bar housed in a 19th century stables and bakery with a courtyard.
When to go: A UK break to Essex is ideal in Spring or Summer, when the gardens and wildlife start to blossom and bloom, and the nights are warmer.
Top Attraction: Essex is well renowned for its nightlife. The county town of Chelmsford boasts a number of pubs and clubs to promise a truly eye-opening night out, any day of the week!
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