More About Essex

For a relaxing break in a picturesque rural setting that has miles of inviting coastline and offers you the chance to visit London for the day, look no further than Essex accommodation. The county boasts a variety of well-known towns as well as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and seaside resorts, making holiday cottages in Essex perfect for shopping, sightseeing and relaxing. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day spent bathing and building sandcastles or for shopping opportunities, there is plenty to see and do at all of Essex’s seaside resorts. The county’s spectacular coastline features 300 miles of lush salt marshes, winding creeks and vast mudflats. Discovering the stunning beauty of Colchester is easy during any stay in holiday cottages in Essex, thanks to the wide number of walking and cycling routes in the region. Holiday cottages are one of the most popular types of Essex accommodation allowing you to explore Essex at your own pace.

Essex Cottages

The county of Essex has inspired writers, artists and musicians for centuries thanks to a diverse landscape that combine miles of coastline dotted with traditional seaside resorts, and acres of countryside scattered with picturesque towns and villages. The landscape provides the ideal setting for invigorating walks, exciting outdoor pursuits, lazing on the beach, exploring historic buildings, perusing art galleries, and much more. There are also some excellent shopping opportunities around the county from the famed Lakeside shopping complex to the independent boutiques typical of small towns such as Colchester.

Things to Do in Essex

Essex is blessed with one of the largest stretches of coastline of any county in England, a blend of fun-filled resort and historic maritime towns with sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, quiet creeks and salt marshes. Stroll along the world's longest pleasure pier at Southend-on-Sea or watch the exhilarating air show at Clacton-on-Sea, splash in the waves off Mersea Island or hike along the sea cliffs of the Naze. Burnham-on-Crouch is a hub for sailing and other watersports, while the Dengie Marshes are a haven for birdlife. And if you get hungry just head to Leigh-on-Sea and try the fresh seafood in the restaurants and pubs along the seafront. Inland the rolling farmland, ancient woodlands and grazing marshes are perfect for wildlife-spotting and outdoor pursuits. Hike across the countryside along the Essex Way trail or mountain bike through Epping Forest, observe birdlife in the South Essex Marshes or watch out for fallow deer in Hatfield Forest.

Essex Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that Essex has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;

Colchester Zoo

Set over 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is home to over 270 species of animals, enough to keep you busy for a whole day. The zoo is broken up into different themed exhibits like Kingdom of the Wild where you can see white rhino, giraffes, zebras and greater kudu, and Tiger Taiga where you can see a pair of Amur tigers, among the rarest big cat species.

Beth Chatto Gardens

The idyllic collection of gardens is perfect for relaxing walks, a magical place you could spend hours meandering around. There is a small entrance fee, but it is well worth the money. The gardens boast a wide variety of plants in an array of vivid colours. Many of the plants grown in the gardens are available for sale in the nursery section.

Adventure Island

While you’re in Southend-on-Sea definitely check out the free-admission Adventure Island amusement park. It is ideally located next to the pier and features more than 30 rides and attractions, including several rollercoasters.

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