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Essex –  It’s “the only way”

Essex was ruled by a Celtic tribe prior to the arrival of the Romans, but the county has been influenced by many others, including of course Saxons and Normans. The county itself took its name from the Kingdom of Essex, founded by Aescwine in 527 AD. It became part of the Kingdom of Wessex in 825 AD, but was later ceded to the Kingdom of East Anglia.

The county developed considerably following the arrival of the railways, which were mainly expected to help transport goods and cater for commuter traffic. However, they accidentally created holiday resorts in the region.

The county has attracted some recent ‘fame’ following the semi-reality TV show called “The Only Way Is Essex”, although it has also received some criticism for its negative representation of Essex and it has even been called “the worst thing on television”

Reasons to visit Essex

There are many churches in Essex to see, but other attractions include Abberton Reservoir (the largest freshwater body in Essex), Arena Essex Raceway (stock car and speedway racing track), Ashingdon (the site of the Battle of Ashingdon on the 18th of October 1016), Audley End (country) House, Clacton-on-Sea (seaside resort), the impressive Chelmsford Cathedral, Colchester Zoo, Epping Forest, Frinton-on-Sea (seaside town), Kelvedon Hatch (a once secret nuclear bunker open to the public), Mistley Towers (the twin towers of a demolished Church), Southend Pier (the longest pleasure pier in the world) and Waltham Abbey.

There are a number of castles such as the almost complete Norman Colchester Castle, Hedingham Castle and Mountfitchet Castle. Railway enthusiasts will also find some museums and the Colne Valley (heritage) Railway.

Entertainment and Dining in Essex

You will find theatres and cinemas in the county, and plenty of nightclubs and pubs. Eating places include The Green Man – Edney in Chelmsford, The Ship in Harwich and the Onyx Restaurant in Southend-on-Sea.

Accommodation in Essex

There are hundreds of Guest Houses and B&Bs, self-catering cottages and apartments, and camping areas. You can also find hotels like the Premier Inn in Buckhurst Hill, the Radisson Blu Hotel at Stansted Airport and Prested Hall Hotel in Feering.