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Essex Holiday

Discover market towns, quaint old villages and picturesque countryside parks in this predominantly rural county.

Despite its proximity to London, Essex maintains a bucolic feel and there are many charming country villages dotted throughout its undulating hills. Explore country parks and nature reserves, as well as historic towns and seaside resorts. 

Wander through historic Colchester, which is said to be Britain’s oldest recorded city. It is packed with interesting sites, such as the well-restored Colchester Castle and the extensive Roman walls. Be sure to check out the award-winning Colchester Zoo, the stunning Beth Chatto Gardens and the state-of-the-art firstsite modern art gallery.

Take a daytrip to Waltham Abbey to see the iconic 12th-century church that shares its name. Discover the popular attractions of charming Chelmsford, home to a zoo and several country manors including RHS Garden Hyde Hall. While in Chelmsford, you may also want to see the Police Museum and to while away a summery afternoon at the leafy Hylands Park.

Many of the villages and towns in Essex have markets, where you can peruse the local handicrafts. Make an effort to sample the traditional local foods, such as sweet Essex shortcakes.

For a change of scenery, head to the Essex seaside, which is known for its sandy beaches and fun-filled resorts. With its sleepy vibe, colorful beach huts and traditional pubs, the characterful village of Old Leigh is perfect for a relaxed getaway. For more ocean-themed attractions, stop by Clacton on Sea, where you can see local marine species up close in the informative Seaquarium on the pier.

Essex is among the driest regions in England, with warm summers and cold winters. Visit in summer for leisurely strolls along the green hills or arrive in winter for a chance of seeing snowy hamlets.

Essex is a vast county that begins in the eastern outskirts of London and continues to England’s eastern coast. Many Essex dwellers commute to London for work, so there are regular train routes to and from the capital. Rent a car for easy access to the more rural parts of the county.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Essex?

A: If you can't wait to explore the beautiful landscapes of the region of Essex, renting a set of wheels is an awesome idea. You'll have the freedom to head off whenever you want, when you want. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Essex, you'll be cruising down the highway in a flash. If your holiday's all about enjoying the incredible cities of Colchester or Chelmsford, public transportation (or ride-share services) is a great option.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Essex?

A: There are two top airport terminals in Essex which operate most of the incoming and outgoing international flights:

  • London (STN-Stansted): 6,805 international flights per month.
  • London (SEN-Southend): 844 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Essex?

A: Zip up your suitcase and stay at one of the terrific hotels. They're one of the most commonly booked options. Inns, guest houses and bed & breakfasts are also plentiful in Essex.

Q: What does an Essex holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Convenient flights, cosy hotels and a snazzy car to travel around in — and that's just the beginning. Expedia also has a wonderful selection of adventures and experiences. Check out what's on offer and start organising your dream escape in Essex.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Essex?

A: The simplest way to save is to bundle your bookings with the help of Expedia. Flights, Hotels and Car Rentals can all be quickly combined into a package deal — doing this will save you time as well.

Q: What are the best things to do in Essex?

A: We recommend you add Jumbo Water Tower and Colchester Town Hall to your sightseeing list if you're visiting Colchester. Colchester Visitor Information Centre is another traveller favourite.

If you're off to Chelmsford, Leez Priory Wedding Venue, Bond Street and Chelmsford City Racecourse are worth seeing.

Lastly, look no further than Wat Tyler Country Park, Hollywood Bowl, Basildon and Festival Wakeboard Park if you plan to stay in Basildon.


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Best Western Atlantic Hotel NZ$108
Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020
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Best Western Atlantic Hotel

Best Western Atlantic Hotel

Brook Street, Off New Street, Chelmsford, England
     
    3.9 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    It’s very nice hotel

    The Harlow Hotel By AccorHotels NZ$71
    Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019
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    The Harlow Hotel By AccorHotels

    The Harlow Hotel By AccorHotels

    Southern Way, Harlow, England
       
      3.3 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      it's not so far from STN airport so which is perfect for our flight the next day. Thou there are not so much to do around the neighborhood (but they have pool and gym so it's good for us to relax). Staffs are extremely helpful and friendly

      Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport NZ$96
      Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020
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      Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

      Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

         
        3.9 of 5
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        Nice room, close to the airport, it’d be great if the shuttle to the hotel is free

        Holiday Inn Express Harlow NZ$102
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        Holiday Inn Express Harlow

        Holiday Inn Express Harlow

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          4.1 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Perfect location, right in the centre where all the shops and restaurants are located Even though limited was open due to COVID , room was clean bed was comfortable and couldn’t ask for a better hotel.. Friendly staff and easy car parking but limited spaces.. I’d definitely stay there again..

          The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel NZ$83
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          The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

          The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

             
            3.8 of 5
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            The hotel was absolutely great, very comfortable and the staff very friendly and courteous. I was staying there when the lockdown was announced but due to circumstances, I couldn't leave immediate the following day, so I spent the first day taking myself off on a long country walk in the sun, and ...

            Holiday Inn Express Colchester NZ$107
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            Holiday Inn Express Colchester

            Holiday Inn Express Colchester

               
              4.1 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              The stay was exceptional given the current climate. The beds are very small for 2 adults but they were comfortable.

              Dragonfly Hotel Colchester NZ$110
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              Dragonfly Hotel Colchester

              Dragonfly Hotel Colchester

                 
                3.9 of 5
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                We enjoyed our stay. Great customer service and scenery.

                Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport NZ$136
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                Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport

                Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport

                Bassingbourn Road, Essex, Stansted, England
                   
                  4.4 of 5
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