Do you know where you can find the oldest door in the world, the longest pier, the largest village green and the oldest timber frame barn? Answer: You can find all of these and more in the county of Essex.
Located just northeast of London, Essex is proud of the fact that it has the longest coastline of any county in England. It is bounded by the River Thames in the south and the North Sea to its east.
The area is known for its history and culture. Proud of its heritage, the council in Essex has set up “listening benches” throughout its neighborhoods so people can get to know the historical significance of the region. Long-time community residents were asked to provide oral history that has been recorded. While resting on the listening bench, visitors can push a button and listen to a narration of stories about Essex. Should you have a bench mate, be sure to strike up a conversation by asking him to tell you about the Flitch Trials or inquire where you can find a corn dolly.
Some of the popular spots for a day trip include Clacton-on-Sea, a seaside resort with an amusement park. Finchingfield, considered to be the most beautiful village in England; and Colchester castle, the largest castle ever built in Britain. Another interesting spot, Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker was decommissioned in 1992 and is open to the public.
Add to the fun while visiting Essex with a visit to its museums, airshows, theatre, regattas, fairs, festivals and concerts. Active travelers may want to try the exhilarating white water rafting or climbing on the high ropes. No visit to Essex would be complete without a visit to some of the beautiful gardens that grace the region.
Football, basketball, cricket and ice hockey are popular entertainment venues in this region that also boasts a bevy of sports stars who received their training in Essex.
Accommodations in this area include hotels – some with spas, B&B’s, guest houses, self-catering cottages, camping in tents or glamping in a wigwam or cargo pod, holiday parks, seaside resorts, and hostels that cater to youth as well as seniors. Hostels may also be found under the categories titled backpackers or bunkhouses. Additionally, there are some hostels offering programs that encourage student cultural exchange programs.
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