I’m often asked what are the best places to visit in Essex, and that really is the easiest and hardest question to answer all at once.

There are so many venues that I could add to my list of the best places to visit in Essex, it all just depends on what you are looking for. Coastline? Food? Family Fun? Whatever you want I promise there is something for you here.

Best Places To Visit In Essex


best places to visit in Essex

Best places to visit in Essex for…..Food

Essex is actually quite famous for food, it’s most of the time we don’t even realise it.  Mersea Oysters, Maldon Salt, Tiptree Jam, these products are sold the world over. It’s no surprise then that Essex has some of the best places in the country for foodies.  The Company Shed in Mersea is THE place to go for fish and sea food, Wilkin and Sons Tea Rooms offer cream teas to rival the best and Le Talbooth in Deadham is there for the finest of fine dining experiences the country has to offer.

Best places to visit in Essex for…..Family Fun

Adventure Island in Southend (formally Peter Pans) and Walton Pier are staple places to visit for traditional seaside rides, Marsh Farm and Colchester Zoo offer children big and small the chance to get up close to all manner of farm animals and wildlife and the abundance of country parks and woodlands such as Great Notley Discovery Centre and Epping Forest means that an adventure is never far away.

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Best places to visit in Essex for…..Countryside

Essex is scattered with picturesque villages and beautiful open spaces.  Writtle and Finchingfield offer the very best of village life, Hatfield House offers lovely open spaces and gardens for you to enjoy and Hylands House and Park combined a historic country home with acres of open parkland for you to explore.

best places to visit in Essex

Best places to visit in Essex for…..coastline

Recently rebranded as the Discovery Coast, Essex is very proud of is coastline. Frinton offers the best of a traditional seaside resort, Old Harwich is a wonderful example of real working port and Old Leigh offers some of the best beer gardens and fish’n'chips you will ever find.

If you are looking for even more inspiration as to the best places to visit in Essex then take a look at Visit Essex’s Facebook page. June has been all about the Discovery Coast, and for July they will be bringing you the very best of Essex rural escapes. 

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2 Thoughts on “Best Places To Visit In Essex

  1. Kara on June 24, 2014 at 6:29 am said:

    Great post. Essex is so close to us but we barely visit.

  2. Lucy DearBeautiful on June 24, 2014 at 6:54 am said:

    I love Essex (might be a little bit biased of course!) and I think people often think of it as being an extension of London, or just all like TOWIE. But it’s so rammed with beautiful natural spaces, we are so lucky!!! x

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