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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.


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Hampton by Hilton London Stansted Airport NZ$143
Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019
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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
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Checked in late following delay. Process was quick, friendly staff. Room was spacious and clean but area next to bed (bathroom wall) was water damaged and damp smelling. Had we checked in at a normal time we would have said but just wanted some sleep. Easy to get to from terminal and great ...

    Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport NZ$162
    Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2019
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    Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

    Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Lovely hotel, great vibe about it and the room was lovely.

      Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport NZ$104
      Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2019
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      Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

      Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

         
        3.8 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Rooms to hot lack of ventilation in bedroom otherwise good staff very helpful

        The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel NZ$79
        Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019
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        The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

        The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

           
          3.7 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The property itself was lovely however, I didn’t stay in the main hotel, I stayed in a building over the road. The room was very comfortable and clean and supplied a mini bar that included red wine or snacks but was exceptionally expensive so take your own. In the room there was also a hairdryer, ...

          Novotel London Stansted Airport NZ$101
          Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019
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          Novotel London Stansted Airport

          Novotel London Stansted Airport

          Round Coppice Road, London Stansted Airport, Stansted, England
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Staff were friendly food was great rooms clean an comfortable

            Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel NZ$148
            Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019
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            Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel

            Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel

            Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, England
               
              4.0 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Friendliness of staff was 100%. Main reception area a little cold during the day and in the evening. Rooms were good with a comfy bed. Shower very weak and not that hot

              Down Hall Hotel NZ$165
              Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019
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              Down Hall Hotel

              Down Hall Hotel

                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                We have some issues when we arrive with the room unable to change rooms because the hotel was full. We were up graded the fallowing day with a bottle of wine for the inconvenience. All good in the end, will use them again.

                Five Lakes Resort NZ$121
                Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2019
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                Five Lakes Resort

                Five Lakes Resort

                Colchester Road, Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, England
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Loved the spa lounge and the afternoon tea was lovely as where our hot oil massages and good value too, the room was nice with lovely big bed which was comforting What was disappointing was the spa as the spa pool was not working properly and the area looked run down and not some where we wanted ...

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