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Essex Vacation Packages

Discover market towns, quaint old villages and picturesque countryside parks in this predominantly rural county.

Despite its proximity to London, Essex maintains a bucolic feel and there are many charming country villages dotted throughout its undulating hills. Explore country parks and nature reserves, as well as historic towns and seaside resorts. 

Wander through historic Colchester, which is said to be Britain’s oldest recorded city. It is packed with interesting sites, such as the well-restored Colchester Castle and the extensive Roman walls. Be sure to check out the award-winning Colchester Zoo, the stunning Beth Chatto Gardens and the state-of-the-art firstsite modern art gallery.

Take a daytrip to Waltham Abbey to see the iconic 12th-century church that shares its name. Discover the popular attractions of charming Chelmsford, home to a zoo and several country manors including RHS Garden Hyde Hall. While in Chelmsford, you may also want to see the Police Museum and to while away a summery afternoon at the leafy Hylands Park.

Many of the villages and towns in Essex have markets, where you can peruse the local handicrafts. Make an effort to sample the traditional local foods, such as sweet Essex shortcakes.

For a change of scenery, head to the Essex seaside, which is known for its sandy beaches and fun-filled resorts. With its sleepy vibe, colorful beach huts and traditional pubs, the characterful village of Old Leigh is perfect for a relaxed getaway. For more ocean-themed attractions, stop by Clacton on Sea, where you can see local marine species up close in the informative Seaquarium on the pier.

Essex is among the driest regions in England, with warm summers and cold winters. Visit in summer for leisurely strolls along the green hills or arrive in winter for a chance of seeing snowy hamlets.

Essex is a vast county that begins in the eastern outskirts of London and continues to England’s eastern coast. Many Essex dwellers commute to London for work, so there are regular train routes to and from the capital. Rent a car for easy access to the more rural parts of the county.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Essex?

A: If you can't wait to explore the beautiful landscapes of the region of Essex, renting a set of wheels is an awesome idea. You'll have the freedom to head off whenever you want, when you want. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Essex, you'll be cruising down the highway in a flash. If your vacation's all about enjoying the incredible cities of Colchester or Chelmsford, public transportation (or ride-share services) is a great option.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Essex?

A: There are two top airport terminals in Essex which operate most of the incoming and outgoing international flights:

  • London (STN-Stansted): 6,805 international flights per month.
  • London (SEN-Southend): 844 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Essex?

A: Zip up your suitcase and stay at one of the terrific hotels. They're one of the most commonly booked options. Inns, guest houses and bed & breakfasts are also plentiful in Essex.

Q: What does an Essex vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Convenient flights, cozy hotels and a snazzy car to travel around in — and that's just the beginning. Expedia also has a wonderful selection of adventures and experiences. Check out what's on offer and start organizing your dream escape in Essex.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Essex?

A: The simplest way to save is to bundle your bookings with the help of Expedia. Flights, Hotels and Car Rentals can all be quickly combined into a package deal — doing this will save you time as well.

Q: What are the best things to do in Essex?

A: We recommend you add Jumbo Water Tower and Colchester Town Hall to your sightseeing list if you're visiting Colchester. Colchester Visitor Information Centre is another traveler favorite.

If you're off to Chelmsford, Leez Priory Wedding Venue, Bond Street and Chelmsford City Racecourse are worth seeing.

Lastly, look no further than Wat Tyler Country Park, Hollywood Bowl, Basildon and Festival Wakeboard Park if you plan to stay in Basildon.


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Best Lodging Options Near Essex

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Dragonfly Hotel Colchester ¥6,498
Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020
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Dragonfly Hotel Colchester

Dragonfly Hotel Colchester

A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction, Colchester, England
     
    3.9 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Amazing, very clean.

    Rivenhall Hotel
    Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020
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    Rivenhall Hotel

    Rivenhall Hotel

    Rivenhall End, London Rd, Witham, England
       
      3.5 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      In a good situation near A12 convenient good hotel, but could do for a make over, would use again

      The Harlow Hotel By AccorHotels ¥4,203
      Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019
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      The Harlow Hotel By AccorHotels

      The Harlow Hotel By AccorHotels

      Southern Way, Harlow, England
         
        3.3 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        it's not so far from STN airport so which is perfect for our flight the next day. Thou there are not so much to do around the neighborhood (but they have pool and gym so it's good for us to relax). Staffs are extremely helpful and friendly

        Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport ¥7,446
        Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020
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        Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

        Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

        Thremhall Avenue, Bishop's Stortford, England
           
          3.8 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice room, close to the airport, it’d be great if the shuttle to the hotel is free

          Holiday Inn Express Colchester ¥5,935
          Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020
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          Holiday Inn Express Colchester

          Holiday Inn Express Colchester

          Birchwood Road, Colchester, England
             
            4.1 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Helpful staff on reception ,but paintwork in room a bit tatty on wall by TV VERY SCRATCHED

            Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel ¥15,789
            Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020
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            Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel

            Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel

            Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, England
               
              4.0 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nice location, very clean and comfortable, only bar menu available this evening and a bit restrictive.

              Best Western Atlantic Hotel ¥6,389
              Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020
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              Best Western Atlantic Hotel

              Best Western Atlantic Hotel

              Brook Street, Off New Street, Chelmsford, England
                 
                3.9 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great hotel and service. Currently roadworks outside so loud noise (reversing lorries, music, machines etc) from 5.30 am so be aware if you want to sleep and ask for a room on the other side of the building. It doesnt look much from the outside but inside it's lovely, I use it for business trips ...

                St Nicholas Hotel ¥7,627
                Reviewed on Apr 6, 2020
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                St Nicholas Hotel

                St Nicholas Hotel

                High Street St Nicholas Hotel, Colchester, England
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  All amenities within walking distance, except no car park . But I use direct train from London Liverpool Street.

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