The Only Way Is Essex… come and discover it for yourselves
Explore the 350 miles of Essex coastline, the longest in England, or the gently rolling countryside that inspired Constable – perfect for a memorable day out or short break away. There are spectacular gardens, including RHS Hyde Hall and the Beth Chatto Gardens, stately houses, such as Audley End, magnificent castles at Colchester, Hedingham and Hadleigh, and special events, fairs and festivals throughout the year. Spend time in the county town of Chelmsford, or historic Colchester, with its famous zoo and castle – it’s the oldest recorded town in Britain and once the capital of Roman Britain. Have retail therapy at fabulous Lakeside Shopping Centre. By the coast, visit Southend and Clacton for their impressive piers and traditional family seaside fun, or try kitesurfing or crabbing at Mersea Island.