The ancient county of Essex is located between London and the North Sea. As you travel from west to east the landscape in this vast county transforms from historic woodlands, through rolling wheat-fields dotted with poppies and windmills, to the estuaries and coastal villages. Close to the European mainland, many different cultures and historical events have influenced Essex over the centuries making it truly a county of contrasts. Steeped in history and infused with unique architectural, historic and natural treasures, encapsulating everything that is great about the coast, the countryside and market towns. With each element there is a wealth of hidden gems waiting to be discovered and explored.
Essex has a number of notable stately homes. Audley End House near Saffron Walden was once a Royal palace while Ingatestone Hall has been owned by the same family since the 16th century. Layer Marney Tower is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in Britain, made more impressive by the lavish terracotta decoration.
The county offers visitors a huge range of things to see and do and wonderful places to visit. Whatever your interests, you can be sure of a great day out.