Essex Destinations to Visit and Explore

Essex is the land of endless green, scenic views, and quiet villages and towns that hold a great history on their shoulders. Parish sets, winding streets lined with wood-framed buildings, olde worlde towns, early British and Roman settlements, unspoiled riverside towns, mellow plaster cottages steeped in history, traditional market towns, as well as bustling town centres offering first-class shopping are some of the things you will come across while exploring the beauties of the land of Saxons.

Hylands House - Chelmsford

Visit and Explore Chelmsford – City and County Town of Essex

The City of Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, placed in the East of England, in the London commuter belt - also known as London Metropolitan area. If you happen to be visiting or staying in the area, a variety of things will definitely excite and intrigue you, such as the impressing 18-arch railway viaduct that dates back in the Victorian times, spanning the River Can, and the glorious Chelmsford Cathedral, formerly known as St. Mary's Church, that became a Cathedral in early 1900s upon the creation of the Diocese of Chelmsford. It is situated behind the awe-inspiring historic Georgian building of the Shire Hall that still dominates the town centre.

One of the tallest structures in Chelmsford, the former CH (Chain Home) radar tower (360ft/110m tall), an early warning radar station built by the British during World War II (and before) to detect aircraft, is the only CH tower in its original form that has remained unmodified in the UK, and is visual from practically everywhere in and around the city.

The Shire Hall is a landmark atop of the High Street, featuring a Portland Stone (limestone from the Jurassic period) facade. It is one of the oldest buildings in Chelmsford, built as a courthouse in late 1100s. However, the opening of the new Magistrates Court in New Street resulted in its closure, in 2012. It now comprises a pole of attraction for its architecture.

It seems that not even fire or vandalism can take away the glory from Hylands House and the 574-acre (2.32km2) Park, to the west of the city. This magnificent house is now completely restored by the City Council and had its parkland landscaped by the famous English landscape designer, Humphry Repton, notorious for his eclectic style and intricate designs, in the 19th century. It is a magnificent place to visit, have a stroll, and enjoy the sun on a fine day while passing by lakes, woodland, and rolling grass. It also has a large children's area where they can play and have fun. No wonder it is widely used for community events, including the annual RiZE Festival.

The RiZE Festival is a new multi-genre music festival held inside Chelmsford's Hylands Park, and takes over the mantle from Virgin’s V Festival.

Art lovers will find a warm and welcoming place that houses interactive displays and exhibits from Hoffman, Marconi, and Crompton, to name a few, in the Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park. This industrial and local history heritage museum also holds pottery, including works of the Turner Prize winner G. Perry. Its 18th-century glass collection was featured on the BBC TV programme Flog IT!

That aside, Chelmsford is a thriving and lively city with a vibrant night-life and bit of something for everyone, including:

An overall of 1,507 acres (610 hectares) of green spaces (many of its parks hold a Green Flag status), and many angling locations to relax and unwind.

Top-notch sporting facilities where you can enjoy canoeing, sailing, boxing, football, cricket, athletics, roller-skating, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, and a plethora of others.

A huge range of cultural and entertainment events to enjoy, and a rich heritage with travelling arts exhibitions and many more.

Take a look at our events calendar and Check out what’s on in Chelmsford

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