With some good coastline, historic sights and rural areas Essex has a surprising amount of attractions for visitors and is within easy reach of London. Its maritime heritage has a coastline of over 350 miles of towns, villages and countryside and seaside resorts such as Southend on Sea, Frinton on Sea and Clacton on Sea have been popular for years. The towns of Maldon and Mersea Island have been described as the New Brittany with delicious local fresh fish in restaurants including Colchester oysters. At Burnham On Crouch and Brightlingsea the yachts give a picturesque backdrop to theses coastal towns.
There are many working farms across Essex and a number of good walking trails such as the Essex Way. Some of the best Roman remains have been found in Essex, particularly at Colchester where the Temple of Claudius can be seen under the castle.
Some of the finest Norman Castles are also located in Essex, a reflection on the invasions that took place and where people settled. At Hedingham one of the best preserved castles is a popular attraction. For exquisite Norman church architecture visit Waltham Abbey. The port of Harwich has a number of historical buildings and is a port of arrival to the UK.
Another very pretty town is Saffron Walden that developed its wealth from the saffron trade and later through the cloth industry and as a result the wealth of fine buildings is in the town today. Nearby Audley End House was once a Royal Palace, and the Beth Chatto Gardens are a delight to explore in summer. With good golf courses and cycling paths Essex has a lot to offer visitors. From sea kayaking to wildlife boat trips and visits to Colchester Zoo, Essex offers something for everyone and with excellent restaurants serving local good this is the perfect place for a holiday.