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Book a hotel in Essex, one of the nation's best-known counties is famous for the nouveau-riche, the fun-loving lifestyle, the beautiful scenery and easy access to the capital. There is, however, so much more to this ancient county. If you're looking for an Essex hotel, Best Western has six beautiful establishments. If it's a UK city break that you want, book an Essex hotel in Colchester or Chelmsford. We also have several others dotted around the area to give you full access to the wonderful scenery and pleasant beaches.

Town and city breaks in Essex

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain. The heavy Roman influence can still be seen as you explore the antiquated streets. To really get to grips with the settlement's past check out the Norman Castle Museum where ancient coins and pottery sit alongside interactive exhibits. The county also contains several new towns such as Basildon and Harlow, built to accommodate the London overspill after the Second World War. A stay in a hotel in Essex will give you access to many great places to go out and party. Southend is home to countless bars and clubs in which to dance the night away after a few relaxing drinks on the seafront. For anyone looking for a more epic climax, London is easily accessible from any Essex hotel through great train services and several all-night buses.

Holidays in the Essex countryside

A hotel in Essex will not only give you access to shopping and partying. Rural Essex is a walker's paradise, linked by quiet country lanes and home to the beautiful Epping Forest, an ancient woodland and former royal forest, now managed by the City of London Corporation. The landscapes that inspired some of the best-known and most-respected artists of our country's past such as John Constable, Edward Bawden and Sir Alfred Munnings are truly a sight to behold. The rolling green hills patterned with mismatched foliage and contrasting colours rest easily under the perpetual East-Anglian skies. The scenery is dotted with pretty and traditional little villages, islands of activity in the seas of peaceful countryside.

Beach holidays in Essex

Essex is blessed with one of largest coastlines of any English county. A stay in an Essex hotel will mean you are never far from the North Sea. Pop along to Southend-on-Sea and walk along the longest pleasure pier in the world, a staggering 1.34 miles long. There are many other wonders to be discovered: hidden coves protected from the elements, romantic and quiet cliff-top walks and lengthy stretches of beautiful beaches.

Attractions in Essex

From raves to quests for culture, Essex has it all. It is a country of contrast and is steeped in history and was one of the more important regions of the Saxon Kingdom. It's proximity to the capital city has long made Essex the favourite stomping ground of the rich and famous. There are plenty of notable stately homes including Audley End House, a former Royal palace, and Ingatestone Hall, a charming manor house that has been owned by the Petre family since the 1500s. Staying in one of our Essex hotels will give access to hundreds of top-quality restaurants and cosy pubs spread throughout the numerous picturesque market towns, hamlets, country lanes and seafront. Visit arguably the best-known of the home counties and see why its such a popular place to live and visit. Book a hotel in Essex for a memorable and varied short UK break like no other.

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Attractions in Essex:

A sundial outside Tymperleys Clock Museum. Photo by Rod Edwards, courtesy of Britain on View/East of England Tourism/Colchester BC
Tymperleys Clock Museum

Opening times:
Tue-Sat 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Apr - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)

Carter's Vineyards

Opening times:
Daily 11am-5pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Dennis New World Fire Engine, 1939, in the Ipswich Transport Museum collection
Ipswich Transport Museum

Opening times:
Sun and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm (opening hours vary according to season) Mar - Nov 2013; Sun only (annual)

Sculpture Promenade

Opening times:
Mar 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)

Upnor Castle, Chatham. © English Heritage Photo Library
Upnor Castle

Opening times:
Apr-Sep: daily 10am-6pm
Oct: daily 10am-4pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

What's on in Essex:

Chilford Autumn Quilt Festival

Dates Open:
04/11/2014 to 06/11/2014

Crafts and Gifts at Chilford Hall

Dates Open:
29/10/2014 to 29/10/2014

Gardeners' Question Time - The Live Tour

Dates Open:
03/11/2014 to 03/11/2014

Festival of Fireworks at Southend Seafront

Dates Open:
08/10/2014 to 11/11/2014
08/10/2015 to 11/11/2015

Cambridge Christmas Lights Switch On

Dates Open:
20/11/2014 to 20/11/2014

Cambridge Word Fest

Dates Open:
12/04/2015 to 15/04/2015
27/11/2014 to 27/11/2014

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