THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN ESSEX IN 2023
It’s that time of year again when we start thinking of the year ahead - where are we having weekends away, where to take the family, what new places to see. If you’re starting to make plans for the year ahead, like us, then maybe our following list can help you...
Easily one of the most stunning places to visit all year round when in Essex. Inspiring artists such as John Constable thanks to its oil painting worthy landscapes, there really is no other place like Dedham. Not only is there beautiful country vistas and splendid architecture to take in, you can also have a bit of fun by spending the afternoon floating along the River Stour in a rowing boat to take in those amazing views.
2. MERSEA ISLAND
If you’re looking for colourful beach huts and sweeping open spaces, then look no further than Mersea Island. The Western side of the island makes for the perfect postcard worthy beach day, full of sandy beaches, great restaurants, and many welcoming pubs. The Eastern side offers the Cudmore Grove National Park - a great natural haven perfect for bird watchers and picnic goers.
3. EPPING FOREST
On the boarder of Greater London and Essex and full of places to explore is Epping Forest. Locally known as ‘The Peoples Forest’, the 2,400-hectare area is full of lakes, trails and history. Thanks to its excellent transport links and reasonable priced nearby hotels, this is a great choice if you’re looking for a quick trip away. The Queens Hunting Lodge and Connaught water are both well-known and are located in the forest and are not to be missed.
One of the oldest towns in Essex also offers the most charm. With it’s Timber-framed medieval buildings, salt marshes, and a port laden with history, Maldon also offers one of the very few places in the UK where you can board a Thames barge. Promenade Park, locally known as ‘The Prom’, is a great place for a picturesqe walk and a bite to eat.
Essex is full of amazing rural villages, but there isn’t one quite like Finchingfield. With it’s stereotypical village feel you’d be forgiven for thinking you stepped back in time. Just to the North of Braintree, this village boasts a village green, cute tiny stone bridges, classic country style pubs, and even a stunning ‘Instagram worthy’ windmill. This one is a bit of an underscovered gem, so if you want to escape the crowds on a sunny day, this one is for you.
6. HADLEIGH CASTLE
Offering breathtaking views over the Thames Estuary, this trully breathtaking view has to be seen to be believed. The castle itself isn’t exactly in tip-top condition but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular. Built after 1215 during the reign of Henry III, the castle played an important economic and defensive role during its time. If you’re visiting, check the weather first as it can get a bit breezy on certain days.Back to articles