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Essex Bed and Breakfast accommodation at amazing prices

  • Compare and choose from our collection of Essex B&Bs and boutique hotels.
  • Options range from small independent hotels in Essex to family-run guest houses, where you will be looked after by the owner.
  • In all cases, you will have a comfy bed, breakfast will be prepared for you, and you will be given help and advice on travel and local visitor attractions.
  • This is an affordable and often more characterful alternative to staying in a larger hotel in Essex.

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Essex Visitor information

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An Introduction to Essex

Essex, in spite of its proximity to London has many rural areas due to the Green Belt. Epping Forest and the areas to the north and east surrounding Colchester, Harwich, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden, where the county is rural, with many small towns, villages and hamlets largely built in the traditional materials of timber and brick, with clay tile or thatched roofs. The ancient town of Great Dunmow is now a traditional market town with histo

Things to do in Essex

Colchester Zoo is home to 260 species of animal. The county is also home to many historic buildings, including Hylands House and Estate, Audley End House and gardens and a museum in Colchester Castle. Also visit the Combined Military Services Museum that cotains many types of firearms and the Mson collection, which holds covert operation weapons.

Getting to Essex

By Car

The M11 runs through the west of the county. The county is under an hour from London. The larger roads are the A414, A12, A130, A131 and B1137.

By Train

National Express East Anglia provides a fast and frequent service to London Liverpool Street, whilst connecting major towns throughout Essex. 

By Coach and Bus

National Express run coaches to and from over 1,000 destinations throughout the UK, and a regular shuttle bus service operates from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street and London Victoria with services to and from Essex to Birmingham and the North. The main public buses are run by Arriva.

By Air

Essex is home to Stansted International Airport, which has rail and Coach links to many destinations all over the country.

History 

Essex History

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The area which Essex now occupies was ruled in pre-Roman times by the Celtic Trinovantes tribe. A dispute between them and another tribe was used as an excuse for a Roman invasion in 55 BC, and they allied with Rome when Claudius returned in 49 AD. The Trinovantes later fought with the Iceni tribe against Roman rule as the Romans did not accept that in the Iceni tradition women could be rulers and therefore after Boudicca became ruler they sought to take power which was not part of the agreement that they had come to.

Following the Norman conquest the Saxon kingdom formed the basis of a county in 1139 under the first Earl of Essex, Geoffrey de Mandeville. Dick Turpin, the infamous highwayman was born in Essex in 1705.

The development of the county was due to the railway in Victorian times. Some of the railways were built primarily to transport goods but some where deliberately planned to cater for commuter traffic; they unintentionally created the holiday resorts of Southend, Clacton and Frinton-on-Sea. Much of Essex is protected from development near to its boundary with Greater London and forms part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.  

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Universities in Essex

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