Between the Eastern suburbs of London and the low lying coastline facing the North Sea, is the ancient Saxon county of Essex. The varied landscape includes ancient woodlands, pastoral wheat fields dotted with windmills, sustainable estuaries and popular coastal resorts.
Across the county, mighty castles, coastal forts and remains of early settlements reveal a long history of invasion and occupancy. Colcester's Roman remains, including the town wall surrounding the city, are some of the earliest and impressive examples in England.
There are many museums and galleries advocating the rich history of Essex. Yet enjoying culture in Essex is not just about commemorating the past. This is reflected in the county's continuing artistic tradition. Examples of modern art include public sculptures, innovative display spaces and contemporary arts organisations such as firstsite. Use the links below for more information on the county. Alternatively, try searching for a district, town or village in Essex.
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A visitor's guide for the east of England, covering the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Discover where to stay and exciting things to do, plus informative guides to the cities and towns, countryside and seaside. With special sections on culture, heritage and food and drink.
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The National Trust protect and open to the public historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments, forests, beaches, farmland, islands, archaeological remains, castles and nature reserves. Plan days out and holidays, walks and educational excursions. Plus details of how to become a member or get involved with charity work.
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All the information you need to get walking in the beautiful Essex countryside. Download walk descriptions and maps, find out about guided walks and check the current weather forecast.
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From the family farm in Tillingham, Sarah Green's Organics grow a variety of seasonal organic vegetables and fruit, which is available in their Farm Shop alongside organic eggs, meat and cooking essentials. With directions and opening times.
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