Holiday Brochures and Tourist Information for Essex


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At over 1,400 square miles, Essex is one of Englands largest counties. Many of its towns and villages are an easy commute from London offering workers a refuge from the Citys hustle and bustle. In the north of the county, the port of Harwich provides a direct sea link with Holland and the rest of Europe whilst Stansted - Londons third airport provides an escape route for those heading even further afield.

Much of Essex is like its northern neighbours Suffolk and Norfolk - rather flat - but like them too, it has its share of quiet country lanes, historic towns and pretty villages. In the open farmland, broken up by fragments of hedges and punctuated with ancient trees, you still see a traces of the landscapes painted by John Constable.

Millions of wading birds are attracted to the little known bays and shallow inlets of the Essex coastline - and to the marshy headland known as the Naze. Clacton and Southend-on-Sea have exerted a similar pull for generations of East enders seeking cheap and cheerful seaside fun. Royalty itself has not been immune to the charms of Southend, which was said to have been a favourite of Albert the Prince Regent. In an even earlier age, the dashing Earl of Essex himself was the main attraction for Queen Elizabeth the first.

John Fowles, author of The French Lieutenant's Woman was born in Leigh-on-Sea and Gustav Holst composed The Planets while living in Essex. Colchester schoolboys Damon Albarn and Graham Coxton went on to form the Britpop band Blur.

Bitesize Britain allows you to order free holiday brochures featuring Essex tourist information, things to do and see and places to stay – accommodation mostly inspected and graded by the Essex tourist board or similar organisation.