Essex is a historic county with a low-lying terrain and flat coasts complete with small islands and tidal inlets. It has clay soil that stubbornly clung to its hardwood forest cover, making it difficult to convert some of the lands for agricultural purposes. Thus Essex has an extensive woodland, notable of which is the Epping Forest.
It lies immediately north-east of London, bordering the counties of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk to the north, London to the south-west, Kent to the south, and to the west, Hertfordshire. The only city in the Essex County is the county town called Chelmsford. Marching side by side with farmlands and woodlands are the new towns of Harlow and Basildon, the Southend-on-Sea resort, the Tilbury port, the London Stansted Airport and Lakeside shopping centre.
Food and shopping Experience
For shopaholics, Essex County is a haven. There are just too many places to spend one’s hard earned money in this delightful County. There is the Lakeside shopping centre, of course, considered the best shopping centre in the south, as well as Westgate, Eastgate and Basildon. The Freeport in Braintree offers designer items at bargain prices in outlets such as Gap, Hollister, Hilfiger and Ted Baker to name a few, that are quite irresistible.
For foodies, Essex County will never be a disappointment. There is such a wide selection of eating places and cuisine that will make visitors dizzy. Choices range from Asian cuisine and time-honored pub grub to French cuisine and gourmet food. Bar and grill food, American steaks, and gourmet food prepared from locally sourced ingredients served with English wine are also on offer.
Places to stay in Essex County
In Essex County, there is a wide selection of visitor accommodation to satisfy every budget and taste.The places to visit include traditional bed and breakfast, self-catering cottages, mid-priced to luxury hotels, romantic getaways, holiday parks, and campsites.There is a place for the bargain hunter and for those on a tight budget as well as for those who are accustomed to the very best money can buy.
Places to see and things to do in Essex County
Essex County has so much to offer to visitors of all ages. For kids, the favourite haunts would be Colchester Zoo, the Old McDonald Farm in Brentwood, the Secret Cold War Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch and Sea Life Adventure Aquarium in Southend. For adults, well-recommended is the theatre. The county is proud of its numerous theatres such as The Mercury Theater in Colchester and Queens Theater in Hornchurch.
Activities and destinations to be enjoyed by both children and adults are also aplenty in the Essex County. For one, Essex is famous for its beautiful beaches. It is home to Brightlingsea, Frinton on Sea, Walton on the Naze and Shoebury East Beach to mention a few. Exploring historical landmarks such as the gardens of Saffron Walden, the Audley End house, and Mountfitchet Castle is a big favourite of those who are interested. And to freely and thoroughly explore the fascinating Essex County it is recommended that it better be done with a self-drive rental.