Fascinating facts about Essex
- Essex has the longest coastline in the UK (350 miles)
- Except for Devon, Essex has the most footpaths
- Stansted receives more European flights than any other airport in the country
- Manningtree is Britain’s smallest town
- Essex has 75 sites of special scientific interest
- Essex is the second most populous county in England with 1.36 million people
- Many famous people currently or previously have lived in Essex they include, Helen Mirram, Dick Turpin, Jamie Oliver, Rod Stewart, Footballers including Teddy Sherringham, Tony Adams and Frank Lampard, Dermot O’Leary, Denise Van Outen, Queen Boudica
- Southend has the worlds longest pleasure pier
- The National Motor Boat Museum, Pitsea is the world’s only museum devoted entirely to the history of motor boats
- Layer Marney is Britain’s tallest tudor gatehouse and was built during the reign on Henry VIII.
Historical facts about Essex
- Colchester is the oldest recorded town and was the capital of England before London. Some of the roman remain are amongst the oldest and most impressive.
- Greensted Church is Britain’s oldest wooden church dating from the 11th century AD (it is said it’s the oldest wooden church in the world)
- Marconi made Chelmsford famous for being the birth place of radio.
- Waltham Abbey has the most beautiful example of Norman church architecture in the county. Ironically it is also the burial place of King Harold who’s claim to the English throne ended at the Battle of Hastings.
- In January 1905 it was so cold the Thames froze over at Southend-on Sea
Places to go in Essex
Audley End Stately Home
Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF
There are plenty of amusements as well, with a great indoor sandpit, bouncy castles and trampolines, as well as the mini-tractors to ride around the farm.
They can let off steam in the adventure playground and if they’re feeling really energetic they can ride around the Dinocier track or be daring on our new zip wire slide!
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex. CM11 2UD
Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, High Street, Colchester
One of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 270 species in 60 acres of parkland. Many species are endangered and part of international breeding programmes. Interactive daily displays get you closer to the animals including the chance to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself! Explore ´Playa Patagonia´ with its 24 metre tunnel under the water to view sea lions swimming above your head and ´Dragons of Komodo´. At the ´Spirit of Africa´ see the breeding group of African elephants and at ´Kingdom of the Wild´ there´s Zebras, Ostriches, White Rhinos, and Giraffes in a huge savannah style enclosure. Just like being on safari!
Maldon Road, Stanway, CO3 0SL
Cressing Temple, Braintree
Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, CM77 8PD
The Epping Ongar Railway
Travel through 6 miles of Essex countryside.
High Street, Ongar, CM5 9BN
Essex has one of the longest coastlines of any county in England. Indeed Essex boasts a real maritime flavour. The resorts of Southend-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, and the quieter resorts of Walton-on-the-Naze and Frinton-on-Sea offer all the traditional fun of the Seaside and more.
RHS Hyde Hall
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET
See the Fun Kids review on RHS Hyde Hall
Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
The biggest and deepest cold war bunker open to the public in southeast England. Witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF Rotor station, then as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. The bunker can hold up to 600 military and civilian personnel with the aim of organising the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.
Kelvedon Hall Lane, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, CM14 5TL
Lee Valley Park, Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey and the surrounding area provides a unique blend of heritage and countryside attractions to entertain the whole family, many of which are free. There’s the Abbey Gardens and Church, Cornmill Meadows Dragonfly Sanctury and Tree Park to explore. The historic market town also boasts a museum, shops and an excellent range of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Nearby there is the River Lee Country Park, farms and swimming pool, all you need for a great day out any time of the year.
Old Macdonald’s Farm, Brentwood
An award winning attraction is great for kids. Old MacDonald’s open farm is a fun day out in the Essex countryside near East London. Learn about farm animals, explore the indoor soft play area and discover the many children’s outdoor activities and amusements. As an animal petting farm the children get a hands on learning experience, there is plenty to see touch and do:
- Lambing – Late February to April
- Easter Egg Hunt – 10th to 13th April
- Sheep and Alpacas Shearing – May
- Old Mac’s Treasure Trail – 18th and 19th July
- Pet our Animals Weekends – August
- Halloween Fun and Frolics – 26th to 31st October
- Santa’s Christmas Grotto – 12th to 23rd December
Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Sea Life Centre, Southend
Sea-Life Adventure is the south east’s premier aquatic attraction with over 40 unique displays featuring sea life from all over the world. Along with the Adventure Towers Play Centre and Waves Cafe, it’s a great visit for the whole family any time of year.
Marine Parade, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2ER
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