Essex Travel Guide

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Essex Overview

Essex is a large county immediately to the East of London. It is a flat county, with little in the way of hills until you reach the Suffolk Border. The wentlands in the East of the County are popular with sailing marinas and birdwatchers, and there are several nature reserves. Essex is home to England's oldest church, at Bradwell, and the oldest wooden church, at Ongar. There are woodlands in the west near Stansted Airport. England's oldest town, Colchester, is in the North of the County and there are famous shopping centres in the South (Lakeside) and North (Braintree Freeport). Colchester used to be the capital of England whilst it was occupied by the Romans.

Essex has a reputation the world over as being a county of chavs and tarts in mini-skirts and high heels. Some areas can be rather run down such as Tilbury or Basildoon. There exists some great tourist areas however, most notably Southend which has been the home to London tourists since the Victorian age brought cheap rail travel. The countryside to the north is pretty, but not anything spectacular. There is much history in Essex due to the constant invasions and change of hands the area has had. You find all sorts of buildings from all sorts of ages.

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