The county of Essex is situated in South East England, with its administrative centre at the city of Chelmsford, famed for its medieval Chelmsford Cathedral, the Hylands House dating from 1730, and also for its excellent shopping experiences along the High Street.
Another major town in Essex is Colchester, home to Roman ruins, the Norman-era Colchester castle and the distinguished Colchester Zoo.
Essex has over 350 miles of coastline where you will find beautiful small towns ideal for a seaside retreat such as Walton-on-the-Naze and Southend-on-Sea.
Although Essex shares borders with London in the west, the county is mainly rural, offering gorgeous landscapes best explored on foot or by bicycle.
Population: estimated 1.8 million people
Other major towns: Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea
Main attractions: Audley End House and Gardens, Colchester Castle Museum, Layer Marney Tower, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Lee Valley White Water Centre, Adventure Island
Nearest Airports: London Stansted Airport (STN), London Southend Airport (SEN)
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