Essex is where the bustle of London meets the peaceful countryside of East Anglia. Located to the northeast of the capital, parts of the county consist of urban sprawl, especially around the Thames estuary and cities like Southend. However, head further north and you’ll find quaint towns and villages amid predominantly flat greenery.

    The mix of country and capital creates a fantastic destination, with an impressive choice of star attractions and natural beauty. Be sure to check out Colchester Castle, Southend Pier and Epping Forest, just to begin with.

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    • Southend-on-Sea is a popular resort town situated on the Thames Estuary, offering amusement parks, museums, shopping, scenic views and even live animal experiences. If you are traveling on a family holiday, you will find lots of exciting and fun things to do to thrill the kids, like visiting the popular Adventure Island theme park. It's filled with thrill...

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    Where & what to eat in Essex

    • 10 Places Locals Love to Eat in Southend-on-Sea

      Southend-on-Sea offers a wide array of highly rated restaurants where you can find numerous types of cuisine to enjoy on vacation. In addition to local British cuisine, you can find delicious food from all parts of the world, and Italian is especially popular in the area. Local restaurants offer casual and elegant dining options, many with a view...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Essex

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Southend-on-Sea

      Southend-on-Sea offers many exciting evening attractions including theaters, casinos and late-night bars. You'll find many shows to choose from including dramas, musicals, jazz concerts and comedy performances. You may also enjoy a night out at the arcade, a visit to a planetarium or skating at a high-tech rink. No matter what you have in mind, you...

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