The Location

The County

Essex is located in the East of England, neighbouring London, boasting the longest coastline in England, picturesque countryside and towns just brimming with life. A county that seamlessly combines the old and the new, Essex offers a wonderful collection of modern facilities, spanning fascinating towns and villages full of rich history and beautiful seaside locations. Ideal for families and people of all ages!

The Coast

The Coast

With over 350 miles of coastline, boasting golden sandy beaches, salt marshes, vibrant seaside towns and world-class seafood, a trip to the Essex coast is worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of London, itself less than 40 miles away.

An area of surprising wild beauty, ragged coves and inlets, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems to discover. Whether you’re looking for a day out at the beach, hoping to find out more about the county’s maritime history, or enjoy some classic fish and chips whilst enjoying a beautiful sea view and a breath of fresh air, Essex has a spot on the coast for you.

Find out more about the places to visit and what the county’s coast has to offer on Visit Essex’s Discovery Coast guide.


The Countryside

Widely regarded as having one of the driest climates of the counties of the UK, the Essex countryside has something for everyone; perfect for people of all ages to enjoy new adventures, explore and take relaxing walks and hikes. With over 70% of the county being rural, including the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Dedham Vale and Epping Forest, there’s ample opportunity to explore the beauty of the Essex countryside.

Towns and villages in the heart of the county are a delight to visit, offering not only wonderful scenery and activities for all the family, but also famous culinary delights – like Maldon sea salt, West Mersea oysters, Tiptree jam, Fairfields Farm crisps and so many more.

Discover your perfect Rural Escape in the Essex countryside on the Visit Essex website.



The City

Chelmsford, the county’s only city, is based only a 35-minute train ride from Central London. With excellent shopping facilities, a wide choice of food and drink venues, vibrant nightlife and beautiful parks, there’s something for everyone!

As well as being home to many sporting locations such as the Essex County Cricket Club and Chelmsford City Racecourse, the city hosts a fantastic programme of events each year including various festivals to suit all ages and interests.

Other cultural attractions include multiple museums within the city, Chelmsford Cathedral and Hylands House.

Find out more about ‘what’s going on’ in Chelmsford on the Visit Chelmsford website.

Training Locations

There are multiple places across the county where you can undertake healthcare training to support your primary care career, with universities based in Colchester and Chelmsford with nursing and healthcare courses, colleges county-wide with courses to help you take that first step in your healthcare career and GP Specialist Training locations in Basildon, Colchester, Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea.

Get in touch to find out more about training opportunities in the county.

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